Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter will meet some new faces as she heads to Hollywood for season two, according to Marvel Television.
The studio announced at New York Comic-Con that its ABC series “Marvel’s Agent Carter” will be adding “The Newsroom’s” Wynn Everett as Whitney Frost. Better known in the Marvel Comics universe as the villainous Madame Masque, Whitney is described as an actress and brilliant inventor.
“Whitney Frost is a character with a storied history in the Marvel comics, and we’re excited to get the opportunity to introduce her to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” said executive producers Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas and Chris Dingess. “Inspired by Hollywood icons like Hedy Lamarr and Lauren Bacall, we knew we needed an actor who was classically glamorous and fiercely intelligent. Wynn is both, and we’re thrilled to watch her bring this formidable character to life.”
Other new cast members include “Outlander’s” Lotte Verbeek as Ana Jarvis, Peggy’s friend and the free-spirited wife of James D’Arcy’s Edwin, and Currie Graham (“Murder in the First”) as Whitney’s high-powered businessman husband Calvin Chadwick. Reggie Austin (“Pretty Little Liars”) will play Jason Wilkes, a quirky scientist who charms Peggy.
Marvel also announced that returning cast members include Dominic Cooper as recently relocated businessman Howard Stark and Bridget Regan as Peggy’s rival (and deadly assassin) Dottie Underwood.
“Dominic has been a fantastic addition to the cast,” said Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb. “Bringing a character like Howard Stark to Hollywood just opens up so many fun opportunities for the series this season.”
He added that ““Dottie is a true match for Peggy and Bridget plays this duplicitous role so compellingly.”
Season one cast members Enver Gjokaj and Chad Michael Murray will also return as Daniel Sousa and Jack Thompson, respectively, and both were described as “chief” in the panel’s promotional materials.
In addition to Butters, Fazekas and Dingess, “Marvel’s Agent Carter” is exec produced by Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Stan Lee and Loeb. Season 2 is set in 1947 (i.e. the same year as the Black Dahlia murder) and sees our heroine heading to Tinseltown on a special mission for the SSR. It began production in September.
Although the cast couldn’t make it to NYCC since they’re in the midst of filming season two, Loeb did preview a scene from the season premiere, in which Edwin Jarvis demonstrates some of the “special” functions on one of Howard Stark’s cars for Peggy — including a pop-out champagne bottle and a fully reclining seat. Needless to say, Peggy isn’t too impressed by the depths of Howard’s “depravity.”
“Agent Carter” will once again return to ABC during “Agents of SHIELD’s” winter hiatus.