As if we weren’t already thrilled to have another season of British badassery on our televisions come January, now we are over the moon excited. /Film interviewed Agent Carter Executive Producers Tara Butters and Chris Dingess about Season 2 and revealed a new big bad for Peggy and Jarvis to go up against this season.
First of all, this big bad is a woman. One thing we love about Agent Carter is that it puts women in the foreground of every episode.
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.
With the series revolving around a woman and her story, it is always fun and fabulous to see Peggy go up against a woman of equal valor. This season’s villainess will be Madame Masque. Who is that, you ask? We did too. She is a rather in-depth character whom you can read about here: Marvel Wiki.
Are there any Marvel villains exclusively from the ‘40s you have access to?
Tara: Here’s the thing. It’s a little hard. In the comic books, a lot of the Marvel period, there are issue rights. Our villain from the season is very much a Marvel villain that we co-opted a little bit like we did Dr. Fennhoff in the first season.
Chris: It’s a ‘40s version of that villain.
So you’ve adapted her back in time.
Tara: We’ve co-opted her.
Chris: We put our spin on her.
What was modern about Madame Masque that just wouldn’t work in the ‘40s?
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.
Well, alrighty then. Hedy Lamar, you say? Right on. In Butters/Dingess we trust!
Read more of this fabulous interview over on /Film.