5 Reasons ‘Agent Carter’ Season 2 is Even Better than Season 1

(Image Credit: ABC)

(Image Credit: ABC)

Season one of Marvel’s Agent Carter swept onto our TV screens, and much like its title heroine, it delivered a knockout punch. Great acting, action, and activism – what’s not to love? I’m proud to say that Agent Carter continues its good work in season two. Peggy Carter is back on the scene, and we should all be grateful.

The show even – dare I say it? – tops itself, making this season better than its first. Want to know how? Keep reading to find out more!

Up the Ante

Leviathan was bad, sure, but this season, if Agent Carter can’t save the day, the whole world might just blow up. Dealing with atomic bombs and the mysterious zero matter (which has ties to the upcoming Doctor Strange), Peggy has her work cut out for her. To make matters worse, she may have earned Thompson and Sousa’s loyalty, but there are powerful men with ties to the SSR who definitely don’t want Agent Carter to succeed.

Villainous Villainesses

Season one’s Dottie Underwood returns to square off against Peggy, but since she was in New York for most of the season, she hasn’t had a lot to do. Instead, Agent Carter has been focusing its attention on Whitney Frost, a version of the comics character Madame Masque. Frost is a scientific genius who becomes infected with zero matter. The show makes a point to compare her story to Peggy’s, noting it was men that taught Whitney she would have to lie and manipulate in order to get what she wanted.

Dealing with Racism

One of the major criticisms of the first season of Agent Carter was that it painted a very white picture of New York City. Hayley Atwell herself promised fans that the new season would do better, and in its second season, the show has tackled the issue of racism. New character Jason Wilkes is a black scientist, who had to deal with companies not wanting to hire him because of his skin color. Unfortunately, Agent Carter still has yet to introduce a black woman to its cast, but maybe next season?

Peggy’s Story

“Smoke & Mirrors” was an amazing episode that gave us a look into Peggy’s life before she was Agent Carter. If you’re interested in learning how Peggy became a field agent and why she’s determined to succeed whatever lies in her way, this is the episode for you. Anyone that has felt like they have to conform to what society wants them to be will understand exactly why Peggy has done the things she’s done.

Use What Worked

Thankfully, not everything about season two of Agent Carter is different because season one was really good. Jarvis returns to help Peggy out, just like old times, and the show is as slickly paced as ever. Craving those action scenes set to 40s music? Check. Breaking into buildings nearly every episode? Double check. Keeping up the feminist message? Agent Carter has certainly got you covered.

Right now, Agent Carter’s future is up in the air, so if you loved the first season of the show but haven’t caught up on season two, this is your chance. Peggy Carter can make it to her next mission, but she needs our help. And even if you’re not for truth and justice, Agent Carter season two is just really good TV.

Marvel’s Agent Carter continues Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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5 Reasons to Watch ‘Jessica Jones’

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(Image Credit: Netflix)

I should start by saying that in no way am I someone who’s overly into comics or superheroes or even sci-fi, typically, so naturally, Jessica Jones wasn’t immediately at the top of my must watch list. However, when I started hearing all the fuss among friends and coworkers about how I just have to check it out, I figured I’d give it a shot. Well, I’m here to tell you that I was not disappointed.  In fact, I was so pleasantly surprised that I watched all 13 episodes – please hold your judgment – over a three-day period. If you still aren’t convinced to tune in, here are a few reasons you need to be watching Jessica Jones.

 

The cast is super talented

Krysten Ritter plays the perfect anti-hero. She’s sarcastic, intelligent, and super relatable. Plus, she doesn’t run around saving the world in a full face of makeup and heels like so many other female protagonists, because really, why would anyone do that? The female-based cast is dynamic and powerful (another nice change), and the men are equally impressive. As much as I hate Kilgrave, our villain, I can’t help but feel the smallest hint of pity towards him through his “I just want to be loved” act.

 

You don’t have to be a Marvel expert to enjoy

Like I mentioned earlier, I knew nothing about superheroes or Marvel aside from the few episodes of Daredevil I watched a while back, but that had no effect on my ability to enjoy the show. There are subtle hints to the fact that “regular” people know about the existence of superheroes but aren’t aware of too much else about them. Don’t feel like you have to study up before diving in; the plot is captivating and won’t leave you confused.

 

There are lots of interesting relationships

Unlike many other action movies and shows, the relationships portrayed in Jessica Jones aren’t just there for the sake of having some romance. Instead, they actually add to the plot and keep the storyline moving along. I definitely found myself rooting for some and hoping for others to fizzle out.

 

The show tackles real-world problems

It’s true that the issue of accidentally murdering people isn’t a standard problem for most, but there are other real, important problems that the characters have to face. These include addiction, rape, loss of loved ones, divorce, PTSD and abuse, just to name a few. However, all are tactfully approached and aren’t just there for shock value.

 

The ending is satisfying

There’s nothing that I hate more than investing my time on a show (approximately 13 hours to be exact) only to end up feeling dissatisfied with the ending. I felt like nothing was overly rushed or dragged out, and characters generally got what was coming to them. How could anyone complain about a great show with an equally great conclusion?

 

The next time you find yourself looking for a new show to binge-watch, look no further than Jessica Jones! We promise you won’t be disappointed.

The Marvel women we want to see on the big screen next!

Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in IRON MAN 2 (Image Credit: Marvel Studios)

Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts in IRON MAN 2 (Image Credit: Marvel Studios)

People who want to see more superheroes that are women have had some good news over the last year. DC Comics is finally making a Wonder Woman movie and Marvel will finally be coming out with a Captain Marvel movie. It has taken way too long, but the progress is welcomed. While we are waiting for these leading ladies to have their time to shine, Marvel should start drawing up plans for which women get to be next. Black Widow is an obvious choice, especially since Scarlet Johansson is such a favorite. But she’s not the only lady who deserves a chance at the big screen. Continue reading

‘Agent Carter:’ A venture in sexism and butt-kicking.

AGENT CARTER (Image Credit: ABC)

AGENT CARTER (Image Credit: ABC)

Much like the refinery in the premiere for Marvel’s Agent Carter, Tumblr exploded with enthusiasm for the show. I’m usually more reserved when it comes to television – it comes with the territory of TV criticism – so my major question when I started watching Agent Carter, was “is it worth all the hype?” And I’m pleased to say that the answer to that “yes.” It’s worth all the hype and then some. Continue reading

Paul Rudd is an unlikely hero in Marvel’s first trailer for ‘Ant-Man’

ANT-MAN (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

ANT-MAN (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

Once again, Marvel Entertainment decided to make the entire world freak out by releasing the first trailer for one of its latest adaptations. This time, however, the film is not the fourth or fifth installment looking at the individual members of The Avengers. Instead, its latest release is about a fairly lesser known hero: Ant-Man. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Madame Tussauds unveils Hawkeye wax figure at New York Comic-Con!

(Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Sean Torenli / The Daily Quirk)

Madame Tussauds gave fans of Marvel Comics and The Avengers movie franchise a special treat at this year’s New York Comic-Con unveiling Jeremy Renner’s wax figure as super hero Hawkeye for the excited crowd just in time to mark the 50th anniversary of arrow-wielding Avenger Hawkeye’s first appearance in a Marvel Comic. Watch the exclusive feature below to find out more about lifelike wax figure, its creation and where you can see it for yourself directly from Carly Lucas of Madame Tussauds!

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Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From…’The Avengers’

THE AVENGERS (Image Credit: Marvel)

THE AVENGERS (Image Credit: Marvel)

The Avengers is the superhero movie of all superhero movies – it has humor, action, creepy alien invaders and a Stan Lee cameo. What more could a moviegoer want? What’s even better is that wedged between Tony Stark’s snark and a space Viking’s (or Norse god, whatever) quest for world domination, there are some life lessons to be found. Continue reading

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VIDEO: The cast of ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ take Comic-Con by storm

Chris Evans for THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

Chris Evans for THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

Fans of Marvel’s The Avengers were given a special treat at San Diego Comic-Con this year when the cast showed up for a massive panel to introduce the upcoming movie The Avengers: Age of Ultron. A panel filled with stars like Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Robert Downey Jr. and many, many others were present to introduce an exclusive clip from the new film, as well as answer questions about the Marvel universe. Check out the video below to see what the film’s stars had to say about Comic-Con, the reaction to the panel and the addition of new cast members to the Avengers universe. Continue reading

Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd for ANT-MAN (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

VIDEO: The stars of ‘Ant-Man’ share what it’s like to be part of the Marvel family

Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd for ANT-MAN (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd for ANT-MAN (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

Fans were given a taste of the upcoming Ant-Man film when stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Corey Stoll, along with director Peyton Reed, made an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con and The Daily Quirk is bringing you the inside info. Check out the video below the scoop on what it was like for them to be among fans and fellow Marvel actors at the convention. Continue reading

Chris Pratt on the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Red Carpet (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

VIDEO: An Inside Look at the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ World Premiere

Chris Pratt on the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Red Carpet (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

Chris Pratt on the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Red Carpet (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

The stars of Marvel’s latest super hero installment, Guardians of the Galaxy, walked the red carpet at the film’s World Premiere in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theatre and The Daily Quirk is bringing you the inside info! Watch the feature below to find out more about the out of this world adventure directly from Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and more! Continue reading

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Marvel set to reboot ‘The Fantastic Four’ with a fresh take on the classic comic

Miles Teller (Image Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images) / Kate Mara (Image Credit: Joella Marano) / Michael B. Jordan (Image Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for DIFF)

Miles Teller (Image Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images) / Kate Mara (Image Credit: Joella Marano) / Michael B. Jordan (Image Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for DIFF)

The powerhouse that is Marvel Studios has recently revealed another super team that isn’t The Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy: The Fantastic Four, directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) is set to be released June 19, 2015. Obviously, Marvel wants to continue their string of successful superheroes on the big screen that arguably started with Iron Man in 2008 and the pitch-perfect Robert Downey, Jr. Trank is no stranger to the genre, as he brought a refreshing spin to the found footage movie as well as defining what it means to be a superhero in Chronicle. Based on this casting news, it seems Trank is exploring the last half of that theme once again. Below is the list of actors that make up the reboot of this age-old, fan-favorite team that was last brought to the screen (with lukewarm results) in 2005, with Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis. Continue reading

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (Image Credit: Marvel)

5 Things We Learned from the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (Image Credit: Marvel)

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (Image Credit: Marvel)

Even though the movie doesn’t hit theaters until August, the first trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy recently premiered on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The movie comes toward the end of Phase 2 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which kicked off with Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World. April’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be the next film in Phase 2 while Avengers: Age of Ultron ends the phase next year.

Guardians of the Galaxy is a seemingly odd choice in the phase since it’s the only movie not focused on characters from The Avengers, but any hesitation you might’ve been feeling should now be eased by the trailer, which looks pretty freaking awesome. Keep reading for more in depth information on the movie and what we learned from the trailer. Continue reading

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What You Need to Know About the New Marvel Shows for Netflix

Jessica Jones Artwork (Image Credit: Marvel)

Jessica Jones Artwork (Image Credit: Marvel)

Even though I’m a fan of the Marvel movie franchise, it seems like Marvel has been everywhere lately. From their new television show (more about that later) to Thor: The Dark World’s premiere earlier this month, it’s a good time to be a Marvel fan.

If you’re not completely worn out by the amount of Marvel programming coming out, you’ll be excited to hear that Netflix and Marvel have inked a four-series deal focused on heroes from Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan. Continue reading

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Four ways Marvel’s (hopefully) keeping their movies fresh

THE AVENGERS (Image Credit: Marvel Studios)

THE AVENGERS (Image Credit: Marvel Studios)

Kevin Feige, president of production at Marvel Studios, is a smart man. Combined, his films have a worldwide box office gross of $8.3 billion. With the upcoming release of Thor: The Dark World and the release of Iron Man 3 last May, it’s safe to say Marvel’s “Phase Two” of the requisite superhero flicks leading up to 2015’s release of  The Avengers: Age of Ultron is well underway. However, one could also say that Marvel needs to keep things fresh and perhaps unpredictable – not just fillers a la Captain America: The First Avenger to the initial Avengers to keep fandoms’ appetites whet and the box office bucks flowing. So, below are a list of ways the guys at Marvel can (and have chosen to) mix it up. Continue reading