Io9 is officially reporting that Season 2 of Agent Carter will feature the longtime Iron Man villain Madame Mask. Originally part of the Marvel Universe's version of the Mafia, she'll be taking on a new role in the ABC series. She was recently seen in Matt Fraction's Hawkeye run planning to throttle Kate Bishop, but executive producer Tara Butters explained that bringing the character back in time means some cool new changes:
"Tara: I think we’ve changed the look of her a bit obviously. We’ve made her an actress, which is very Hedy Lamar. She was a ‘40s siren actress who was also a scientific genius, so that’s part of what we’re mining with this character. [...]"
While the actress has been cast, they're not able to make the announcement yet.
In the meantime, here's a few other awesome excerpts from today's interview with Agent Carter's executive producers:
Is it significant that the villain is a woman?
Tara: For me it is, because I feel like that is something that… as much as there are not enough female heroes just on television, I feel like having a female villain is just as equally powerful. Chris: I also think because she’s a female villain, her story informs Peggy’s story in a unique way and vice versa.
When did the idea for going to Hollywood come about?
Tara: It was something we had talked about in the middle of the first season, just because there are so many fun stories we thought we could tell. But then actually as the season progressed, we realized that not only was it a good idea for the storytelling, but also the idea that for the physical shooting, it’s much easier for us to shoot L.A. for L.A. than try to shoot L.A. for New York. So it served two purposes.
What sort of cool action do you have planned for season two?
Tara: Oh wow, we’ll hopefully see a lot more great fight sequences with Peggy. I would love more scenes where she and Jarvis have to work together. Chris: I think we can maybe involve Sousa in some more action now. Peggy’s not having to go around behind his back. So the SSR agents, because Peggy’s not having to go behind their back, know she proved herself last year. They’re working a little more together in the action.
Do you feel like Agent Carter paved the way for shows like Supergirl and Jessica Jones to come along?
Tara: I don’t know that we paved the way but I definitely think that I like the fact that there are more of us out there. I love the fact that they’re doing Supergirl and I love that they’re doing Jessica Jones. I think the fact is if there are more of these types of shows, more people will get used to them and start watching them.
There's not much speculating we can do about Madame Mask because it sounds like her characterization is going to be very different from what we're familiar with in the comics. Since the show runners did such a great job with Dr. Fennhoff, it doesn't seem like we have any reason to be concerned.
It is unfortunate that the actress playing Angie isn't a season regular, so it's not clear how much of a role the character will be playing. However the show's development sounds extremely promising.