It had been in the air for weeks, like a dark cloud looming over the Marvel Universe -- things were not looking good for our girl Peggy over at ABC. Ratings and viewership were down and two of the show's main actors, including Agent Carter herself, Hayley Atwell, and Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark), had been cast in new shows. But fans held out hope -- ABC and Hayley Atwell made it clear early on that should Agent Carter be renewed, room would be made in her schedule to accommodate both shows. However, last week, official word arrived and ABC cancelled Marvel's Agent Carter. After two seasons of stellar story-telling with a kickass female lead in a noir-inspired setting, the most unique show on television was ending.
The show's cancellation, coupled with the events in Captain America: Civil War, were like a one-two punch to the heart for fans of the classic heroine. But lucky for us, fans aren't giving up so easily and a petition soon appeared on Change.org asking Netflix to add Agent Carter to their roster of Marvel shows. In the four days since the petition started, signatures have passed the 60,000 mark (as of the writing of this article) and there are no signs of slowing down. The petition has also grabbed the attention of actors and crew of the show. Chad Michael Murray, who plays Agent Jack Thompson, retweeted the petition as well as a screenshot of Agent Carter trending on social media just after the cancellation announcement was made. Enver Gjokaj (Daniel Sousa) also retweeted the petition along with co-star Bridget Regan, who seemed genuinely astounded by the response:
— Bridget Regan (@BridgetRegan) May 15, 2016
Executive producer, Tara Butters, has been busy retweeting the petition and fans received a very encouraging tweet of support from Marvel's co-president, Louis D'Esposito:
— Louis D'Esposito (@louisde2) May 13, 2016
Marvel's Agent Carter inspires a passion in fans that most networks can only hope for but never fully achieve. And the character of Peggy Carter has proven to be a role model for men and women all over the world. Agent Carter has inspired women with her strength and confidence with fans building an entire movement behind a single line from the first season, "I know my value. Anyone else's opinion doesn't matter." Fans have created a community of folks who support one another through social media, cosplay, and meet-ups. And honestly, what media company wouldn't want a built-in fanbase of passionate followers offering that level of support for a show?
The move from network television to a streaming platform wouldn't be unprecedented with shows like The Mindy Project making the successful leap from FOX to HULU and the four upcoming Netflix Gilmore Girls revival movies (with rumors of more possibly in the works). And Netflix already boasts a hearty roster of Marvel shows including Daredevil, Jessica Jones and the upcoming Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Defenders, and the just announced Punisher. Some may argue that adding another Marvel series may oversaturate Netflix. But Agent Carter has a unique tone and look that sets it apart from any other Marvel property out there. Peggy has so many more stories to tell and the fans want to hear them.
Your move, Netflix.