“Doctor Strange” won’t come out until November, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is already introducing elements of the new film. Despite “Marvel’s Agent Carter” taking place over half a century before Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) gets his powers, Peggy (Hayley Atwell) will run into some of the same powerful forces.
When Season 2 moves to Los Angeles, Peggy will discover a company called Isodyne. Executive producer Tara Butters revealed that they are a company developing nuclear weapons, but something doesn’t go right. “You'll learn more about that in Season 2, but they stumble upon what people in the Marvel Universe will know as Darkforce,” Butters explained to Comic Book Resources. “But because they've never seen it before they just name it Zero Matter. That's our tie-in to the Doctor Strange universe, and also to ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ because you've seen it in ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ as well.”
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“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” introduced Darkforce in Season 1 when Marcus Daniels (Patrick Brennan) developed the power to drain the energy out of anything. Coulson’s team killed him when he tried to attack Audrey (Amy Acker), a cellist. Don’t expect Darkforce to present itself the same way in “Agent Carter,” though.
“The cool thing about what we learned as we researched Darkforce over the course of Marvel comic book history is, it affects people in different ways,” Butters explained. “It's created a bunch of superheroes, it's created a bunch of villains, and it has all these different properties. It could be a liquid, it could be a gas, it could be a solid, it could give you powers, it could kill you. It has a lot of different applications, which was cool for us. We were able to select what we liked and sort of make our own rules as to what it does, how it operates, and who it affects in our world.”
“Agent Carter” writers manage to find new ways to connect to the MCU all the time, so it’s safe to say that Darkforce is probably one of several connections to the move universe. While it’s extremely unlikely, “Doctor Strange” could even directly cross paths with “Agent Carter.” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige hinted that the new sorcerer will be able to time travel.
“In this film, the Eye [of Agamotto] is a very important relic that can be quite dangerous if used in the wrong hands, because it has the ability to do any number of things,” Feige told Entertainment Weekly last month. “The most dangerous of which is, it can sort of manipulate probabilities. Which is also another way of saying, ‘screw around with time’ — which is part of our story.” But considering Cumberbatch barely has time to film his own TV show, “Sherlock,” fans probably shouldn’t expect him in the SSR office any time soon.
“Marvel’s Agent Carter” Season 2 premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.