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Agent Carter: Ranking The Characters Worst To Best
WHAT CULTURE: January 3, 2016 by Geoff Cox
A Russian assassin, a loyal butler, a nefarious hypnotist… But who’s #1?
Since appearing for the first time in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, Peggy Carter’s role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has only continued to expand despite the fact she herself is far removed from the modern day events of the franchise’s other films and television series. She’s turned up in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, a pair of episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and starred in her own One-Shot, which paved the way for her to have a series all to herself in last year’s appropriately-named Agent Carter.
The critical response to the show’s first season was rock solid, more than proving that Peggy is an engaging character in her own right even without Avengers, mad robots, and Inhumans around. The series also introduced a number of characters around her, from fellow SSR agents to dangerous villains, all to varying degrees of success in terms of standing out from a pack anchored by Hayley Atwell’s performance.
With the show’s second season mere weeks away, let’s take the opportunity to take a spoiler-filled look back at the main cast of characters – as well as some of the most noteworthy recurring ones – and stack them up to see which ones could’ve used improvement and which ones carried the show…
9. Jack Thompson
Played By: Chad Michael Murray
With the show’s focus on the idea of Peggy having to prove herself in the male-dominated SSR, Thompson began the series serving as the face of everything trying to hold her down. Stubbornly sexist to a pretty clear degree, it took a number of episodes until the war hero’s frustratingly chauvinistic facade finally veered away from falling into caricature territory, with the reveal about his covering up of his murder of surrendered enemy soldiers going a long way in informing his character in Peggy’s – and the audience’s – eyes.
Despite coming to respect Peggy by season’s end even as he had to steal every ounce of her thunder to replace Dooley as the branch’s new Chief, Thompson still came out the season as its weakest major player. Even with the interesting twist on his character, his personality hardly popped in ways that other characters did, but hopefully his return in the second season can use his elevated role in the SSR and positive dynamic with Peggy to continue building him into someone far more engaging.
8. Angie Martinelli
Played By: Lyndsy Fonseca
Whereas Thompson was lacking in personality, Peggy’s waitress friend Angie was brimming with it. Bubbly and optimistic, Angie really served as a counterpoint to the male-driven pessimism Peggy found herself dealing with on a day to day basis, adding some much-needed levity and support in Peggy’s life.
Unfortunately, that’s about all that can really be said about her, despite recurring throughout the entire season and even helping Peggy out in a pinch. As likable as she turned out to be, there wasn’t a whole lot of depth to her character, and despite ending the season as Peggy’s new housemate in one of Stark’s homes, it doesn’t seem as though season two will be too interested in developing her any further. Fans needn’t worry about not seeing her at all, though, as she’s still going to make an appearance in one episode.
7. Roger Dooley
Played By: Shea Whigham
Chief Dooley began the season as the all-too-serious head of the SSR office where Peggy worked, representing – like Thompson – how much Peggy was surrounded by testosterone and sexist stubbornness. Over the course of the season, however, Dooley came to see how invaluable Peggy was after giving actual consideration to what she had to say and prove about Leviathan in the wake of her capture as a “traitor,” even if that revelation came too late for him.
The information given about his strained marital status and his home life was enough to color in what could’ve been an outright black-and-white personality, lending some actual weight to his character by the time Fennhoff ordered him into the explosive vest that would take his life.
His dive through the SSR window and subsequent explosion over the street below turned out to be one of the season’s most effective moments, and one that characters like Peggy and Thompson undoubtedly won’t have forgotten in season two.
6. Daniel Sousa
Played By: Enver Gjokaj
Outside of his temporary disgust at believing Peggy to be a traitor, the two were able to bond throughout the season over their outcast status; she as a woman, he as a cripple. Sousa was honorable, noble, and – most importantly – respectful of Peggy, echoing shades of Steve Rogers’ best traits even if it was clear that any feelings he was having for Peggy were being kept in, undoubtedly under the belief that he could never live up to Captain America in her eyes.
Either way, Sousa’s a likable character, and one whose return in season two can build off the respect the two have for one another now that he’s the head of the Los Angeles branch of the SSR. How any personal feelings he may still have for Peggy come into play is anyone’s guess, but his mere presence as a familiar ally will still serve to pay off threads left dangling about her place in the SSR and how people’s views about her have changed ahead of her inevitable call to help form S.H.I.E.L.D.
5. Johann Fennhoff
Played By: Ralph Brown
Long before Kilgrave stepped into the MCU with the power to control people to do his bidding, Fennhoff was around hypnotizing people to do his. Blaming Howard Stark for the murder of his brother via the release of Stark’s Midnight Oil – something Stark himself had no part in – he managed to manipulate his way into SSR protective custody, with everyone fooled into thinking he was innocent until it was too late.
The inclusion of Fennhoff – the comic character Doctor Faustus – was pretty neat, and Brown did a wonderful job, with his soothing voice making it all too easy to see how various characters could be hypnotized, whether it was Stark, Dooley, or even Agent Yauch, the latter of whom he had walk straight into an oncoming car. And though he won’t be returning for season two, his character still managed to bear a lot of importance in the MCU, as his final moments in the presence of Arnim Zola suggested that it was his brainwashing techniques that would go on to help turn Bucky Barnes into the Winter Soldier.
4. Dottie Underwood
Played By: Bridget Regan
Similar to how the show slickly tied Fennhoff into the story of Zola, the Winter Soldier, and the reemergence of HYDRA, the inclusion of the Russian assassin “Dottie Underwood” tied nicely into the backstory of Natasha Romanoff, with concepts like the Red Room Academy and the Black Widow program being explored a bit deeper than we’ll likely ever see in the movies. As such, Dottie served as a good foil for Peggy; slick, lethal, and without the capacity for empathy that helps keep the latter grounded.
Regan did a solid job of bouncing back and forth between the assassin’s cold and calculated persona and the golly-gee farm girl identity she adopted to blend in, and it was nice to see her escape the season to fight another day. Though Peggy’s headed to Hollywood for season two and set to clash with Madame Masque, Dottie will still be returning in some capacity, so fans can look forward to seeing what she’s got up her sleeve now and whether or not she’ll be making it personal after being beaten by Peggy the first time around.
3. Howard Stark
Played By: Dominic Cooper
Outside of Peggy herself and Dum Dum Dugan – who guested leading the Howling Commandos in one of the season’s best episodes – Howard Stark is the only other character from The First Avenger to make the leap to the series, and that’s a good thing, because Cooper’s performance was even more fun to watch here than it was in the film. It’s pretty clear Cooper is enjoying the role, echoing shades of Tony Stark’s personality without ever dipping into needless mimicry, helping Howard stand as a fun, lovable, playboy genius all his own.
It’s hard to believe he only appeared in three episodes of the series, especially when so much of the narrative thrust revolved around his actions and inventions, but he owned every moment he was on screen. Cooper’s a joy to watch and his chemistry with Hayley Atwell is electric, and it’s hard not to be happy that he managed to make time outside of his role in AMC’s upcoming adaptation of Preacher to return for season two.
2. Edwin Jarvis
Played By: James D’Arcy
While the on-screen chemistry between Dominic Cooper and Hayley Atwell was undeniably fun to watch, it was the friendship and dynamic between Peggy and D’Arcy’s Jarvis that really formed the heart of the show. As actors and characters, the two are a perfect match, with Jarvis’ wit and unwavering loyalty to Stark and Peggy bringing a lot of charm – and earned comic relief – to the show.
It’s easy to see how D’Arcy’s take on the character could go on decades later to positively influence Tony Stark to a point where J.A.R.V.I.S. is named after him, and the strength of his performance makes it even easier to want to see and learn more about him. With the inclusion of his wife in the upcoming second season indicating we’ll be learning far more about him and his life beyond being Stark’s butler, it’s clear those behind the show know that fans took to Jarvis, and thankfully there’s a lot of mileage left in seeing him and Peggy on another adventure
1. Peggy Carter
Played By: Hayley Atwell
Is it really any surprise that Peggy Carter is the best character in a show where her name’s in the title?
Atwell is just an absolute pleasure to watch bring Peggy to life, and it’s pretty obvious everyone at Marvel knows they struck gold with her considering how big the character’s role in the MCU after The First Avenger has gotten. Peggy can kick ass and take names without powers or suits of armor, be strong enough to not let petty things bring her down, and is smart enough to outwit her cocksure allies and dangerous foes alike.
She’s a fantastic character – arguably the MCU’s best female one – and Atwell does a solid job of tapping into so many aspects of the character throughout the series alone to humanize her, from dealing with the emotional fallout of losing Steve to standing up for herself to being a true leader to even revealing the hilarious side of herself when going undercover as a health inspector.
Even stripping away all the other characters around her, Agent Carter would still be worth it for Atwell alone, and season two can’t get here soon enough for more of her and Peggy.