If it were up to Marvel TV, Hayley Atwell would be filming “Marvel’s Agent Carter” Season 3 right now. However, Marvel doesn’t actually get to make that call.
Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb explained that it was ABC’s decision to cancel the 1940s spy drama, and there’s not much Marvel can do unless another network decides to step in. “What Marvel Television does every day is it connects with our partners — ABC, FX, Fox, Netflix, Freeform — and they tell us when they would like it,” he told TVLine. “So the short answer is: Sure, if someone wants to call and say, ‘We want a two-hour Agent Carter for May 2017,’ boom. We’ll put together the greatest ‘Agent Carter’ movie we can.”
Many fans hoped Netflix would save the series and even launched a petition that gained over 100,000 signatures, but apparently, the streaming platform has enough Marvel shows. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos revealed that “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist,” “The Defenders” and the “Punisher” spinoff made it difficult to bring on yet another Marvel series.
“We’re looking for truly original brands to own,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “And in that Marvel space we already have [original comic book shows] – so that was mostly why.” He added that international rights to the show also made a Netflix renewal tricky.
Should anyone else pick up the rights to “Agent Carter,” they’ll have no problem convincing the cast to come back for Season 3. Several actors have said that they’d love to reprise their characters, including star Hayley Atwell.
“I was speaking to the writers last night, and we all love the show so much that we’d be happy to pursue it on a different network,” IGN quoted Atwell as saying at Fan Expo Dallas in June. “There’s still so much to tell, not the least of which is how Agent Carter starts S.H.I.E.L.D.”
At least audiences can still see Atwell on TV. She’ll star in ABC’s new legal drama, “Conviction,” which premieres Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. EDT.