If you're a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and/or badass women, then Peggy Carter is a breath of fresh air.
In Captain America: The First Avenger, she might have been Steve Rodgers' (Captain America) love interest, but she was never overly sexualized and she proved she could hold her own with all the boys. Which is something huge, considering this took place in the 1940's. Agent Carter picks up where the first Captain America left off, with Peggy working for the "phone company" A.K.A. the SSR. She's not exactly taken seriously by all of her male co-workers, but if you've watched the show, you know she's proven that women do it better.
1. The men she encounters mistakenly underestimate her:
2. But she can easily overpower them:
3. She can beat anyone up, with only a stapler as her weapon:
4. While all her male co-workers went for an unnecessary chase, she just needed a briefcase to finish the job:
5. She can kick a man's ass, while on top of a moving vehicle, in heels and a skirt:
6. She's the first woman to ever make Captain America quiver in fear:
7. Bombs don't scare Peggy Carter:
8. She plays innocent well and attacks before she's even made:
9. Most men wouldn't be willing to try and prove a wanted criminal's innocence, but Peggy will:
10. She can tell a person off with the more class than any man could:
11. She can lay a man out in one punch:
12. An entire diner full of men are no match for her:
13. She even has no fear when hiding from the feds:
14. She's quick to figure out what's going on and how to solve it:
And she does it all while looking fabulous:
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"I had to go and get my passport renewed... and we didn't have any time, so I went in my lunch break as Peggy Carter... I don't know if it's legal that my passport picture is actually me as Peggy Carter." Actress Hayley Atwell admits she was in character as Marvel character Agent Carter when she posed for her updated passport photo last year (14).
"I played rugby at school, so I'm not afraid of a bit of aggression." Actress Hayley Atwell insists she was the perfect choice to play tough girl Agent Peggy Carter in Marvel's new U.S. TV drama Agent Carter.
"I've done that to so many stuntmen; at the first day of rehearsals, they all got it in the b**ls, the poor guys... I just think I'm really clumsy. I've had to apologise to a lot of members of the crew. I whacked a guy on the back with a lead pipe, I've thrown a chair at the assistant director..." Brit Hayley Atwell is not making friends on the set of her new all-action U.S. TV drama Agent Carter, in which she reprises her role as Peggy Carter from the first Captain America movie.
New Year’s resolution: Watch more TV. And with a slew of hotly anticipated new shows as well as a crop of returning favorites, that shouldn’t be too hard to fulfill. Start marking your calendars and picking that perfect spot on the couch in preparation for the fabulous TV that awaits you in 2015.
1. Better Call Saul
For those of you who have been in major withdrawals since Breaking Bad ended, rejoice! The prequel spin-off series starring fan favorite Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) premieres on AMC in February. Maybe there’ll be a cameo or two by Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston? Pretty please?
2. House of Cards
In the third season of this Netflix series (premiering in February), Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) plots to take over the world! Ok, we don’t know that for sure, but it seems a likely possiblity for the power hungry politician. Either way, we can’t wait to see what he does next.
3. Game of Thrones
Season five is going to be Arya Stark’s time to shine, we just know it. The HBO fantasy series returns later this year (likely around April) and is sure to be filled with more weddings and deaths or combinations of the two.
4. Orphan Black
This cult favorite returns to BBCA in April and we can’t wait to see the clone club multiply! If Tatiana Maslany is not nominated for an Emmy this year, we give up on life.
The first half of the season ended way too soon and we’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for more episodes ever since. The Scottish time-travel drama starts airing its second half on Starz on April 4. Don’t act like you haven’t been crossing off the calendar days until Jamie and Claire return.
6. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
A new show from Tina Fey...starring The Office’s Ellie Kemper...coming straight to Netflix. Count us in and let the binge watching commence! It’s set to premiere in spring, so our excitement will be building until then.
It’s a Netflix thriller-drama starring Friday Night Lights’ Kyle Chandler. Say no more. The mysterious show about a family with secrets hits Netflix in March.
8. Pretty Little Liars
We still don’t know who ‘A’ is, and we’re still dying to find out. Here’s hoping season 5’s January 6 winter premiere gives us some answers.
9. Downton Abbey
This season of the British period drama promises to be its most progressive season yet. They are deep into the roaring 20’s after all. The times can change, just as long as Lady Grantham's sass stays the same. Season 5 premieres on PBS January 4.
10. Agent Carter
Hayley Atwell is set to reprise her role as Agent Peggy Carter from the Captain America movies in this new ABC series. It debuts on January 6 and if you’re a Marvel fan, you’re probably geeking out.
We’re intrigued by this Fox drama about a prominent hip-hop family. It was produced by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong (who previously collaborated together on The Butler), and stars former Hustle & Flow co-stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.
12. Mad Men
It’s Mad Men’s final season and we’re all waiting to see how things end for Don Draper. We secretly hope Peggy and Joan start their own business together.
13. Parks & Recreation
Not going to lie, when the final season of Parks & Recreation ends this year, we’ll be weeping openly. We’ll miss Leslie Knope & Co. so much, but we’re going to savor the show’s last hurrah - which premieres on NBC January 13.
Daredevil has been in need of a reboot since the Ben Affleck played the superhero in the 2003 flop of the same name. Now Charlie Cox takes on the role in a new Netflix series set to premiere in May. Fingers crossed for better results.
Since the last season of Girls ended, we read Lena Dunham’s book to tide us over. The HBO comedy/drama returns for a fourth season on January 11 and we’re ready to see what shenanigans Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna get up to this season. Will they finally start to grow up? Not likely.
What shows are YOU looking forward to? Let us know!
British actress Emily Blunt has played down rumours suggesting she has been approached to star as Captain Marvel in a new comic book superhero movie. The Devil Wears Prada star has been linked to the role of Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, since 2012, but casting details for the planned 2018 film have yet to be revealed - and Blunt claims she hasn't been offered the job.
In an interview with Vulture.com, she says, "No one's offered me that officially, so it's... very unofficial. I think it's fan-casting, which is always very nice. But nothing official has been offered, for sure."
However, Blunt, who became a first-time mother in February (14), reveals Marvel movie bosses have been eager to work with her after initially calling on her to play Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, and Peggy Carter from the Captain America franchise.
Confirming the roles, she explains, "Yeah, but it was never the right time, really, and it just didn't work out scheduling-wise with those two.
"It's always a difficult thing to talk about, because it's not fair to the actresses who ended up playing them, you know? It just wasn't the right time."
Scarlett Johansson eventually landed the role of Romanoff, making her debut in 2012's The Avengers, while fellow British actress Hayley Atwell was cast as Carter.
Sometimes, you get stuck with a bad boss. Someone who makes you work weekends…or who, like, clips their nails at their desk. Maybe you’ve thought about quitting, but you’ve probably (we hope) never gone to extremes like the guys from Horrible Bosses 2. In honor of them – and anyone who’s ever dealt with a bad boss – here are some of the most cringeworthy bosses in movies and television.
1. Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) in The Devil Wears Prada
Miranda Priestly is probably the scariest kind of boss because she’s so calm about it all, even when she’s saying something completely soul-crushing.
2. Bobby Pellitt (Colin Farrell) in Horrible Bosses
Ok so there are several awful bosses in this movie, hence the title, but we're singling out Bobby because he represents nepotism, incompetence and really bad combovers. He's also a raging cocaine addict. Bad, bad, bad.
3. Bill Lumbergh (Gary Cole) in Office Space
Lumbergh is the epitome of the annoying boss. He makes his employees work weekends, he's a stickler for pointless TPS reports, and he says things like "I'm gonna need you to..." right before assigning you a mundane task.
4. Michael Scott (Steve Carell) in The Office
We love Michael Scott, but man did he make us cringe. Whether he was telling an inappropriate joke or running down one of his employees with his car, he was simply not meant to be a boss.
5. David Brent (Ricky Gervais) in The Office (UK)
David Brent had even less of a clue than Michael Scott, if that's possible. He thinks his workers look up to him as a mentor, but they really don't respect him at all.
6. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) in Grey’s Anatomy
We’ve seen Bailey’s softer side, but remember when she was known only as “The Nazi”? She kept those interns in line!
7. Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) in The Proposal
This Canadian boss lady forces her assistant to pretend he’s her fiancé in order to avoid deportation. Not only is that totally awkward, it’s an HR nightmare! Thankfully Ryan Reynolds was very accommodating.
8. Don Draper (Jon Hamm) in Mad Men
Granted Don Draper is good at what he does, but he’s kind of the worst boss. Just ask Peggy – she’s seen his bad side on more than one occasion. He sleeps with his secretaries, drinks during the day and takes frequent naps on the couch in his office.
9. President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in The Hunger Games
He’s the boss of an entire country and he’s completely evil. Definitely not a person you want in charge. He sends children to fight to the death basically for his own amusement.
10. Walter White (Bryan Cranston) in Breaking Bad
He wasn’t so much a boss as he was a, well, kingpin, but he still had complete control over his “employee” Jesse Pinkman. All that manipulation really made us cringe!
11. Maria Laguerta (Lauren Velez) in Dexter
Over the course of Dexter, the fiercely ambitious Laguerta went from Lieutenant to Captain of the Miami Metro Police Department and never failed to make Debra Morgan’s life a living hell.
12. Carter Duryea (Topher Grace) in In Good Company
At 26, he became the boss at an established sports magazine and was forced to manage people with way more experience than him – namely Dennis Quaid’s Dan Foreman. He was all about promoting “synergy,” despite having little to no clue what that actually meant.
13. Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) in Parks and Recreation
Don’t get us wrong, we love everything about Ron Swanson - from his mustache to his deep and abiding love of red meat. But he works in city government and actively tries to make it less effective. Not exactly someone you want running things.
14. Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) in The Wolf of Wall Street
Belfort represented Wall Street corruption at its worst. He ran his firm with no ethical standards, and when he was caught, he barely got any jail time! Most cringeworthy thing about this guy is that he actually existed!
Which on-screen boss makes YOU cringe? Let us know on Twitter!
Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper is reprising his role as Iron Man's father for a new TV series. Cooper portrayed Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger, and now reports suggest he'll be part of the cast for Marvel's Agent Carter, in which he'll reteam with fellow Brit Hayley Atwell, who played Peggy Carter in the Captain America blockbuster, set in the 1940s.
Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokaj, James D'Arcy and Shea Whigham have also signed on for the TV series.
After Bucky Barnes donned the Winter Soldier garb in the second Captain America movie, fans wondered whether or not he would ultimately fulfill his comic book destiny and inherit the Cap title from pal Steve Rogers. And we can't help but entertain a similar line of thought now that Marvel Comics has announced a new heir to Thor's hammer. The company utilized the platform of The View on Tuesday morning to announce the news that "the new Thor" would, in fact, be a yet unnamed female character.
"Thor, the God of Thunder, he messed up. He is no longer worthy to hold that damn hammer of his," Whoopi Goldberg, the ABC program's cohost (and clearly a devoted aficionado of the series, if her diction suggests anything). "And for the first time in history that hammer is being held by a woman ... The story behind her is she created herself. She was saved by Thor and she came down to Earth, followed him, and made herself look like Thor and so now she’s taking over."
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Fans of the film universe will invariably question whether the still-gestating character will make her way into any of the string of movies yet to be released. With so many films propped for the future — following August's Guardians of the Galaxy and next years Avengers: Age of Ultron, we'll see no shortage of standalone character films like Captain America, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, the Hulk, and, naturally, another Thor feature — and considering the long arm of renowned strong-female-characters-lover Joss Whedon in the Marvel scope, we'd be remiss to deny the possibility of Thor's double-X-chromosome-laden replacement taking form on the big screen.
And such a prospect would be long overdue. Although Black Widow took a central role in The Winter Soldier, we eagerly await her proper starring feature. The Avengers: Age of Ultron will introduce Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch and an unnamed character played by Kim Soo-hyun into the mix, but will still pack a cast of predominantly male heroes and villains; meanwhile, characters like Cobie Smulders' Maria Hill and Hayley Atwell's aging Peggy Carter take a veritable backseat. A female Thor (alongside Steve Rogers or Bucky Barnes) would be a much needed addition to the formula. Although we don't know much about her just yet, we can't wait to hear more.
Something tells us a certain San Diego-based festival that's coming up soon will offer a bit of insight.
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Every network has a tent pole series, but ABC has a tent pole show runner: Shonda Rhimes. So when the network unveiled their fall 2014-2015 schedule on Tuesday, nobody was surprised to see that Thursday nights are now all Rhimes, all the time. But one person can only develop so many shows, and luckily ABC has several other series lined up to fill in the hours that aren't produced by the woman behind Grey's Anatomy and Scandal, series that include a superhero spinoff, an immortal medical examiner who solves crime, and a sitcom about how kids these days are too obsessed with technology.
With so many new shows arriving this fall, it can be hard to figure out which ones are going to be worth your time, so we've rounded up all of ABC's upcoming shows and some clips from their first episodes to save you the hassle. Although, this batch features a next seasons' Trophy Wife and a replacement for Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23, so fans of those shows might want to tread carefully to avoid further heartbreak.
Selfie What It Is: Sitcom What It's About: After a 20-something woman finds herself the subject of an embarrassing viral video, she hires an image consultant to help her rebrand herself in the real world. Who's In It: Karen Gillan and John Cho What It Sounds Like: Pygmalion for the Internet age. How Good Will It Be: The premise (and title) are pretty ridiculous, but both Gillan and Cho are charming and talented, so they might just be enough to keep the show afloat. How Long It Will Last: Like Cougar Town and Trophy Wife before it, the terrible title will be its downfall. We’ll be surprised if it gets two seasons.Airs: Mondays at 8 pm
Manhattan Love Story What It Is: Sitcom What It's About: A romantic comedy about a couple in the beginning stages of their relationship that reveals their inner thoughts as well as their actions. Who's In It: Analeigh Tipton, Jake McDorman, Jade Catta-Preta and Nicholas Wright What It Sounds Like: Peep Show meets How I Met Your Mother How Good Will It Be: McDormand has been playing the loveable jerk for years now, and Tipton is charmingly awkward, but the inner monologue shtick seems like it will get annoying very quickly. How Long It Will Last: One and done.Airs: Mondays at 8:30 pm
Forever What It Is: Drama What It's About: A medical examiner who just happens to be immortal. Who's In It: Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza and Judd Hirsch What It Sounds Like: Remember New Amsterdam? No? Well, it’s basically the same thing. How Good Will It Be: It depends on how well the show is able to integrate the issue of him immortality, but there are so many “cop with a mysterious secret” procedurals on the air right now that this one does How Long It Will Last: Unlike New Amsterdam, it will probably get a full season. Airs: Mondays at 10 pm
Black-ish What It Is: Sitcom What It's About: An upper-middle class black man struggles to raise his assimilated, color-blind kids with a sense of cultural identity. Who's In It: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis-Ross and Laurence Fishburne What It Sounds Like: The early episodes of The Fresh Prince that were actually about something How Good Will It Be: It’s got a cast full of TV vets and Larry Wilmore behind it, but it looks a little too generic to really stand out. How Long It Will Last: Even with Wilmore leaving for the Minority Report in October, the cast should be enough to earn it a second season. Airs: Wednesdays at 9:30 pm
Christela What It Is: Sitcom What It's About: An ambitious law student is torn between her dream job and her traditional Mexican-American family. Who's In It: Christela Alonzo, Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos, Andrew Leeds and Sam McMurray What It Sounds Like: If Leslie Knope were a character on George Lopez How Good Will It Be: Alonzo is an accomplished comedian, which will help the show in the long run, but thus far we haven’t seen anything that’s worth getting excited over. How Long It Will Last: Probably a yearAirs: Fridays at 8:30 pm
How to Get Away With Murder What It Is: Drama What It's About: A group of law school students find themselves entangled in a real-life murder mystery. Who's In It: Viola Davis, Alfie Enoch, Liza Weil, Matt McGorry, Aja Naomi King and Michael Gaston What It Sounds Like: Legally Blonde, minus the light-hearted goofiness, plus Scandal How Good Will It Be: Like Shonda Rhimes’ other shows, it will probably be campy and over-the-top, but completely addicting nonetheless. How Long It Will Last: Again, it’s Shonda Rhimes, so at least 7 seasons.Airs: Thursdays at 10 pm, after Grey's Anatomy and Scandal
Agent Carter What It Is: Drama What It's About: A female secret agent helps to establish S.H.I.E.L.D. in the days following World War II Who's In It: Hayley Atwell What It Sounds Like: It’s an extended version of the Agent Carter short film. How Good Will It Be: Marvel’s last TV show floundered, but Peggy Carter is an established character, a fan-favorite and is played by the very talented Atwell, so things should go a lot more smoothly this time around. How Long It Will Last: Thanks to the Marvel brand, it’s guaranteed at least two seasons.Airs: Between the winter finale and spring premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
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Galavant What It Is: Comedy What It's About: A musical fairy tale that follow a prince’s quest for revenge on the king who stole his true love. Who's In It: Vinnie Jones, Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Mallory Jansen, Karen David and Luke Youngblood What It Sounds Like: Once Upon a Time: The Musical! How Good Will It Be: If it doesn’t get bogged down in mythology and plot complications like Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, it could be entertaining in its ridiculousness. How Long It Will Last: Well, Once Upon a Time has been on for three years and Glee has been on for five, so four seasons sounds about right. Airs: Between the winter finale and spring premiere of Once Upon a Time
Fresh Off the Boat What It Is: Sitcom What It's About: Based on the memoir by chef Eddie Huang, it follows as 12-year-old boy as he and his immigrant family adjust to life in suburban Florida. Who's In It: Randall Park, Paul Sheer, Constance Wu, and Aubrey K. Miller What It Sounds Like: Aliens in America meets The Goldbergs, but set in the 1990s How Good Will It Be: It’s written by Nahnatchka Khan, who ran Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23, so it will probably be quirkily funny. How Long It Will Last: Like Don’t Trust the B, it will squeak its way to a second season.Airs: Midseason
Secrets and Lies What It Is: Drama What It's About: A man discovers the body of his neighbor’s son in the woods, sending the town into a tailspin that will reveal everyone’s hidden secrets. Who's In It: Ryan Phillipe, KaDee Strickland, Natalie Martinez, Clifton Collins Jr. and Juliette Lewis What It Sounds Like: Broadchurch, minus David Tennant, with a touch of Revenge. How Good Will It Be: It’s a pretty generic premise, but the cast is good, so like most of ABC’s dramas, you will become addicted to it but you won’t tell anybody about it. How Long It Will Last: It will either be cancelled in the middle of the first season, like Hostages, or it will run for at least four seasons. Airs: Midseason
American Crime What It Is: Drama What It's About: After a couple are attacked in their home, racial tensions are stirred up in a small California community. Who's In It: Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, W. Earl Brown, Richard Cabral, Benito Martinez and Penelope Anne Miller What It Sounds Like: Crash: The TV Series How Good Will It Be: It’s a bit of a complicated topic for ABC's brand of soap-y drama, so we don't see things working out. How Long It Will Last: Cancelled after one season.Airs: Midseason
The Whispers What It Is: Drama What It's About: Aliens have invaded the earth by inhabiting the bodies of children. Who's In It: Lily Rabe, Barry Sloane and Milo Ventimiglia What It Sounds Like: The exact plot of Torchwood: Children of Earth, minus both Peter Capaldi and John Barrowman How Good Will It Be: It’s got a solid cast behind it, but the premise has been done before – and done really well – so we don’t have high hopes. How Long It Will Last: Well, Resurection got a second season, so this probably will too.Airs: Midseason