March 8 means it’s International Women’s Day, so the spotlight is on the female heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
On March 1, the second season of Agent Carter on ABC ended with a bang. Following her adventures in the Second World War, as seen in Captain America: The First Avenger, Strategic Science Reserve (SSR) Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) finds herself in New York City wanting to continue on in her service of defending the United States from foreign and domestic enemies. But, with the fighting over and men returning to the jobs women held during the war, Agent Carter finds herself almost completely swept aside by her male supervisors. But, over the course of the first season, Agent Carter never gives up in the face of such blatant sexism natural for the time period, and ends up saving the day and winning the respect of her supervisors.
The second season has Agent Carter find herself on investigations in sunny Los Angeles. Here, she ends up tangling with a secret society of elite men and a secret energy source that has ties with the upcoming movie Doctor Strange.
Agent Carter also sets up a lot of the mythology for the modern setting of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Along the way on her secret missions, she is assisted by Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy), the butler for Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper). Jarvis is later an inspiration for Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) personal artificial intelligence program J.A.R.V.I.S. (Paul Bettany), who ends up becoming the Vision in the events of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Howard of course, is the father of Tony Stark. Peggy Carter herself has also appeared in Captain America: Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.
Both seasons of Agent Carter took place during the midseason break of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which has its premiere on March 8.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes place concurrently with the events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, so events from the films directly impact the events of the show. The third season finds the agents still hiding underground after the events of Captain America: Winter Soldier, at the same time fighting a shadow war against the remnants of H.Y.D.R.A. and preventing them from controlling the Inhumans, ordinary people who have a hidden alien DNA gene activated and gain superhuman abilities. One of the main agents, Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet), is an Inhuman herself with the ability to manipulate vibrations to create shock waves and earthquakes. Hence, her field code name of “Quake,” the same as her comic book counterpart.Quake (Chloe Bennett)
Another main agent is Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), who is a deadly martial artist and skilled pilot. She is a highly respected veteran of S.H.I.E.L.D. and is very much a leader to the agents. A more recent addition to the agent roster is Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki), also known by her comic book moniker “Mockingbird.” She is an intelligent biologist, master spy and is extremely deadly with her twin metal staffs.Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) and May (Ming-Na Wen)
S.H.I.E.L.D. also has need of scientists and researchers to make sure they’re on the cutting edge of espionage technology, and to investigate the strange phenomenon that is becoming more commonplace in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chief among the S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists is Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), whose knowledge of biochemistry is unsurpassed. As the series has progressed, Simmons has proven herself to be more than just a scientist, as she has proven herself as a spy and a survivor on a harsh alien world.
On March 8, Marvel Entertainment tweeted character posters of #TeamIronMan in promotion for Captain America: Civil War, which will be released May 6. One of the highlights of the team is Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johansson. Black Widow first made her grand entrance in the hallway fight scene of Iron Man 2, followed up in assembling the team in The Avengers, then involved in a political conspiracy during Captain America: The Winter Soldier and saving the world once again in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
That same day, Marvel Entertainment also tweeted a poster for the second season of Daredevil, with the character Elektra (Elodie Yung) one of the focal points. In the comics, Elektra Natchios plays a huge part in both Daredevil and Matt Murdock’s lives, and will no doubt do the same when the second season premieres on Netflix on March 18.
In November of 2014, Netflix released the first season of Jessica Jones, which follows a super-powered private investigator as she reclaims her identity and overcomes her demons in the form of her abuser, the Purple Man. The subject matter touched upon was received with high praise from audiences and critics alike.