It featured a smart, beautiful female lead and crackling chemistry between Hayley Atwell and James Darcy, but this wasn’t enough to save Agent Carter from cancellation. And just as every sensible fanboy out there hoped that Netflix might pick up Agent Carter, the streaming network chose not to.
Which is something of a surprise, given that Netflix already has several Marvel titles such as Daredevil and Jessica Jones, with Iron Fist, Luke Cage and The Defenders soon to join them. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos explains that it had everything to do with money and distribution issues:
“We’re looking for truly original brands to own and in that Marvel space we already have [original comic book shows] – so that was mostly why. They also have some output deal complexities. So when you pick it up, being able to pick it up globally is difficult even after it’s canceled. Some of those output partners still had it on the air, so they would argue its covered by their output [deals]. Unfortunately, it was a business decision more than a creative one.”
Which is a real shame, given that Netflix would have been the perfect platform for Agent Carter. As it is, we’ll just have to make do with the occasional flashback cameo from Peggy in the MCU.