In 1946, Agent Peggy Carter must balance the routine office work she does for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R.) while secretly assisting Howard Stark (Iron Man's patriarch), who finds himself framed for supplying deadly weapons to the top bidder. Carter is assisted by Stark's butler, Edwin Jarvis, to find those responsible and dispose of the weapons.
An officer with the Strategic Scientific Reserve. Actress Hayley Atwell, who portrayed Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the Agent Carter short Marvel One-Shot, expressed interest in returning as the character, before ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee confirmed her involvement in January 2014. Atwell said it was "thrilling" to explore "the backdrop of this male-dominated world, where women are still in the workforce, unspoken for and struggling to find a place outside the home" and how it affects Carter, who must deal with this along with the missions she receives.
Butters has said that "her superpower is the fact that other people underestimate her. And she often uses that to her advantage, because she doesn't have superstrength." Speaking about the influence that the apparent death of Steve Rogers has on Peggy, Atwell explained that "It's only been a year and she's grieving him and I think what keeps her going is he was the greatest person she ever knew – even before he took the serum and became Captain America. She knew his character and she saw a kindred spirit in him. So I think she's grieving the loss of him but she's also determined to make sure that his work wasn't in vain. That gives her a tremendous amount of determination to carry on despite the obstacles that she comes across."
Agent Carter One-Shot (2013)
Agent Carter is a 2013 American direct-to-video short film featuring the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on the home media release of Iron Man 3. It is a follow up and spin-off of the 2011 feature film Captain America: The First Avenger, and is the fourth film in the Marvel One-Shots short film series. The film is directed by Louis D'Esposito, with a screenplay by Eric Pearson, and is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. It stars Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, reprising the role from the films, along with Bradley Whitford and Dominic Cooper, the latter also reprising his role from the films. In Agent Carter, Peggy Carter faces sexism post-World War II while working for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R.), a precursor to the fictional organization S.H.I.E.L.D.
A Marvel One-Shot featuring Peggy Carter was in the works for some time before Atwell signed on to star in it. D'Esposito, co-president of Marvel Studios and an executive producer on the feature films, aimed to replicate the period setting of Captain America: The First Avenger, while also giving the short a more modern, superhero feel. The film was a more ambitious production than previous One-Shots, with more action scenes and visual effects required than previously. Several other characters from Marvel Cinematic Universe films also appear. The short was received positively by fans and critics alike, which led to ABC ordering a television series expansion, Marvel's Agent Carter, which began airing in January 2015.
Agent Carter was first shown in full at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International. It was then released along with the Iron Man 3 home media, first on September 3, 2013 in digital download form, and then on Blu-ray disc, 3D Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy and on demand on September 24, 2013. D'Esposito said that it was decided to release the short along with Iron Man 3 because "the time was right", with the Iron Man 3 home media being released before the opening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in theaters.
One year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, Agent Peggy Carter, now a member of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, is stuck compiling data instead of working field cases. One night while alone in the office, the case line rings, informing Carter of the location of the mysterious Zodiac. She goes to the location, and is able to retrieve the serum single-handedly. The next day, her boss, Agent Flynn, reprimands her for not going through the proper procedures to complete the mission. Carter explains that the mission was time-sensitive, but Flynn is unmoved, dismissing the indignant Carter as an "old flame" of Captain America's who was given her current job out of pity for her bereavement. The case line rings again, this time with Howard Stark on the other end, who tells Flynn to inform Carter that she will co-head the newly created S.H.I.E.L.D. In a mid-credit scene, Dum Dum Dugan is seen poolside with Stark, marveling at two women wearing the newly invented bikinis.
Agent Carter, released on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray release on September 24, 2013, as well as part of the digital download release on September 3, 2013, was seen as a good way of bridging that film with the then upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It had previously been considered to be released on other home media releases as well. It sees Hayley Atwell reprise her role as Peggy Carter, along with Dominic Cooper, Neal McDonough, and Chris Evans reprising their roles as Howard Stark, Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan, and Steve Rogers / Captain America, respectively, the latter via archive footage. The short film introduces Bradley Whitford as Agent Flynn and Shane Black as the Disembodied Voice. It was directed by Louis D’Esposito and written by Eric Pearson. The short was filmed over five days, and reused visual effects shots of 1940s New York from Captain America: The First Avenger to save money. Christopher Lennertz collaborated with D'Esposito again on the short, composing music for it. He will also compose music for the television series Marvel's Agent Carter, which is directly related to the short.
"Agent Carter" TV Series on ABC (2015)
Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for ABC by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, inspired by the films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the Marvel One-Shot short film of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise.
Marvel's Agent Carter, a television series inspired by the short film and also starring Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, was officially ordered by ABC on May 18, 2014, and began a run of eight episodes on January 6, 2015. Dominic Cooper also reprised his role as Howard Stark in the series, while Louis D'Esposito directed the first episode, and Christopher Lennertz returned to compose the music. The series was created by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, writers on the Captain America films, with Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, and Chris Dingess serving as showrunners. The series takes place in the middle of the short, before Carter learns that she will be co-head of S.H.I.E.L.D., where she assists Stark in finding who framed him for supplying deadly weapons, and destroying the weapons.
The series features the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter, with Hayley Atwell reprising her role from the film series, as she must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark while trying to navigate life as a single woman in 1940s America. Several characters from Marvel Cinematic Universe films, Marvel One-Shots, and other Marvel Cinematic Universe television series appear throughout the series. It is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television, with Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, and Chris Dingess serving as showrunners.
The series was officially ordered on May 8, 2014, and debuted on January 6, 2015, during the season two mid-season break of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel's Agent Carter Season 1
#1 "Now is Not the End" (January 6, 2015)
In 1946, Peggy Carter, mourning the apparent death of her lover Steve Rogers, returns to work for the Strategic Science Reserve in New York City. The S.S.R. investigates industrialist Howard Stark, who has disappeared, for apparently selling weapons to US enemies. Stark secretly reaches out to Carter, and asks her to help him clear his name. Before he leaves, he tells her about his formula for molecular nitramene that is going to be sold at a club. Infiltrating the club in disguise, Carter learns that the formula has been weaponized. Carter shows a nitramene bomb to Stark Industries scientist Anton Vanko, who deduces that it came from a Roxxon Oil refinery. Carter and Stark's butler, Edwin Jarvis, investigate the refinery, where they encounter Leet Brannis. Brannis, who works for "Leviathan", escapes with a truck full of the nitramene weapons. Before leaving, Brannis drops a weapon that destroys the entire building as Carter and Jarvis escape.
#2 "Bridge and Tunnel" (January 6, 2015)
Carter goes undercover again to search for the truck with the weapons, and finds the address of the truck's official driver. The S.S.R. agents interrogate Miles Van Ert, the Roxxon scientist who made the weapons, and learn of the address as well. Carter and Jarvis arrive at the house first, and find Brannis, who they force to go with them. The three are attacked by a man who works for Leviathan, the organization that Brannis has betrayed. Carter fights the man but he still manages to mortally wound Brannis. Jumping to safety with Carter and Brannis, Jarvis forces the truck to careen off a cliff with the attacker, and the weapons inside implode. Before he dies, Brannis draws a symbol in the dirt. S.S.R. agents Dooley, Thompson, and Sousa later arrive to find Brannis's body, a woman's footprints, and a hotel key (belonging to the attacker). Meanwhile, Agent Krzemenski, sifting through the remains of the Roxxon refinery, finds the license plate for Stark's car that Jarvis was using.
#3 "Time and Tide" (January 13, 2015)
Thompson and Sousa take Jarvis in for interrogation, and the former threatens him with revealing a former treason charge to the immigration office. Carter, feigning ignorance, botches the interrogation to get Jarvis out, and receives a stern reprimand from Dooley. With Jarvis free, he and Carter follow the sewer system below Stark's vault, through which Brannis took the stolen technology, to the docks, where they find the weapons on board The Heartbreak, a ship with Brannis' symbol on it. Jarvis telephones the S.S.R., anonymously giving their location to Sousa, while Carter fights off a guard who had been working with Brannis. Carter and Jarvis are forced to leave him behind as the S.S.R. arrives. While being transported back to S.S.R. headquarters by Krzemenski, the guard is about to identify Carter as the woman interfering with the Stark investigation, when an unidentified assassin kills them both.
#4 "The Blitzkrieg Button" (January 27, 2015)
After learning that Brannis and the Leviathan attacker, Sasha Demidov, were supposed to have died during the Battle of Finow, Dooley travels to Germany to speak with the Nazi colonel who lead the opposing forces, and though he doesn't learn how Brannis and Demidov survived, Dooley does discover that their Soviet forces were seemingly massacred before the Nazis even arrived. With Carter's only job to collect lunch orders, she meets up with Stark, who has secretly returned in the wake of his technology's discovery. Looking at photographs Carter takes of the weapons, he identifies one of them as the Blitzkrieg Button, which he claims can cause a permanent blackout throughout the city. However, a suspicious Carter opens the device to find a vial of Rogers' blood. Angry at Stark for lying to her, she hides the vial. The criminal who smuggled Stark into New York, but was scammed out of his money by Carter and Jarvis, follows Carter back to her apartment, but he is killed by her new neighbor Dottie Underwood.
#5 "The Iron Ceiling" (February 3, 2015)
Carter decrypts an encoded message, received from Leviathan through Demidov's typewriter, for the S.S.R., learning that Stark will be selling weapons to Leviathan at a Soviet military complex. Thompson is sent to stop the sale and apprehend Stark, and is forced to take Carter when she enlists the help of her war comrades, the Howling Commandos. They discover that young girls are trained at the complex to infiltrate the United States as sleeper agents, and realize that they have walked into a trap when one girl kills the Commando Junior Juniper. Soviet soldiers attack the team and Thompson freezes under fire, but Carter ensures that they escape, along with imprisoned psychiatrist Dr. Ivchenko. Meanwhile, Underwood, who is actually a sleeper agent trained at that complex, discovers the photos of Stark’s weapons in S.S.R. custody while searching Carter’s apartment, while Sousa realizes that Carter is the woman who has been interfering with the S.S.R.’s investigation.
#6 "A Sin to Err" (February 10, 2015)
Carter and Jarvis investigate the women that Stark has been involved with over the last six months, believing that a female Leviathan operative may have been used against Stark and to kill Krzeminski, but their search is unsuccessful. Sousa reveals to Dooley that Carter is an apparent traitor, and all agents are tasked with tracking her down. They eventually corner her and Jarvis, but Carter fights them off. During the commotion, Dr. Ivchenko, who is actually working for Leviathan, hypnotizes Agent Yauch, who reveals that only Dooley can access Stark's weapons. Yauch shows Ivchenko how to get out of the S.S.R., before Ivchenko forces him to commit suicide. Carter retrieves Rogers' blood from her apartment. As she tries to escape the building, she is knocked out by Underwood, but not before realizing that Underwood is the Leviathan operative. Underwood is about to kill Carter when Thompson and Sousa arrive. She feigns ignorance, and the agents arrest Carter.
#7 "SNAFU" (February 17, 2015)
Now under arrest, Carter undergoes interrogation by her former colleagues at the S.S.R. After some time Jarvis appears with a signed confession from Stark, in which he promises to surrender if Peggy is released without charge. The confession turns out to be a ruse by Jarvis, but when Carter spots Dr. Ivchenko communicating in Morse code with Dottie across the street she decides to reveal everything to Dooley, Sousa and Thompson in order to gain their trust and stop an impending attack. Dooley decides to trust Carter and dispatches Sousa and Thompson to find Dottie while he returns to look over Dr. Ivchenko. Alone with Dooley, Ivchenko manages to hypnotize him and has him lock Jarvis and Carter in an interrogation room. Ivchenko and Dooley then head to the S.S.R.'s labs to steal something from the collection of Stark weapons.
Meanwhile Sousa confronts Dottie, but she manages to escape - killing another S.S.R. agent in the process. Ivchenko, now in possession of one of Stark's weapons hands Dooley an experimental armor vest to wear, before leaving the S.S.R. and being picked up by Dottie. Thompson frees Carter and Jarvis, and the three of them find the hypnotized Dooley in his office wearing the vest. They manage to rouse him but Jarvis reveals the vest will explode shortly and there is no way deactivate it, left with little choice Dooley steals Thompson's sidearm, shoots out a window, and jumps moments before the device detonates, killing him but leaving the S.S.R. offices mostly intact. Having escaped from Sousa and Thompson, Dottie arrives at a crowded cinema with a baby carriage containing a gas cylinder, which she activates before leaving and locking the door behind her. The gas makes many in the audience begin to cough loudly before they begin to violently turn on each other. An usher arrives with some latecomers to find the door locked, they open it to reveal the entire audience bloody and dead.
#8 "Valediction" (February 24, 2015)
Agent Carter Season 1 Finale!
Howard Stark reveals the nature of the gas to the agents. During WWII, the gas was deployed on Russian soldiers at Finow to give them extra stamina. Instead, it caused them to fall into psychosis and kill each other, with the exception of Johann Fennhoff (Ivchenko). Fennhoff kidnaps Howard and brainwashes him to drop the gas on Times Square from the air. Jarvis follows the brainwashed Howard into the air while Carter and the agents apprehend Fennhoff and Dottie. Carter talks Stark out of his brainwashing as he flies over Manhattan. Fennhoff is arrested but Dottie escapes. Afterwards Thompson still receives most credit for the success of the investigation. Jarvis brings Peggy and Angie to live in one of Howard's penthouses. Peggy later dumps Steve's blood sample into the East River, finally moving on with her life. Fennhoff, his jaw wired shut, meets his new cellmate Arnim Zola who speaks of America as a 'land of opportunity'.
Marvel Cinematic Universe Tie-ins
On the series relationship with the films, Fazekas said "Because Peggy comes from their movies, Louis D'Esposito and Kevin Feige are very invested in this and they've been really collaborative and very generous with their world." Markus, talking about the series place in the greater architecture of the MCU, later said "you really only need to drop the tiniest bit of hint and its connected. You don’t have to go, "Howard Stark's wearing the same pants that Tony wears!” ... Everything is enhanced just by the knowledge that its all connected."
In July 2014, Fazekas talked about how the series would relate to the One-Shot, saying, "The short really is the basis for the series. [Carter]'s working at S.S.R., post-war... If you think of the short as sort of the end of the series, the series would be leading up to that moment where she gets assigned to S.H.I.E.L.D." Markus reiterated this in January 2015, but added that "we all agree and understand that [keeping continuity with the short] is going to get tougher if we continue" making the series.
The series introduces the Red Room and the origins of the Black Widow program, which will eventually produce Natasha Romanoff, who appears in multiple MCU films portrayed by Scarlett Johansson. As it is the origins of the program being explored, the term Black Widow is never used in the series. Agent Carter also explores the origins of the Hydra-led Winter Soldier program, as seen by the end tag in "Valediction" when Zola approaches Faustus about mind control.
Agent Carter Season 2 (2016)
The second season of the American television series Agent Carter, which is inspired by the films Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the Marvel One-Shot short film of the same name, features the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter as she moves to Los Angeles to deal with the threats of the new atomic age in the wake of World War II, gaining new friends, a new home, and potential new love. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise. The season, which is expected to air on ABC from January 5 to March 1, 2016 over 10 episodes, is produced by ABC Studios, Marvel Television, and F&B Fazekas & Butters, with Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, and Chris Dingess serving as showrunners.
In May 2015, a second season of Agent Carter was ordered, with Hayley Atwell, who reprises her role from the film series and One-Shot as Carter, returning to star, along with James D'Arcy, Chad Michael Murray, and Enver Gjokaj. Filming for the season began in Los Angeles in late August 2015. The season will air during the season three mid-season break of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
In July 2015, Butters revealed that the Darkforce would be a part of the season, which ties to Doctor Strange and the character Marcus Daniels, who appeared in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
#1 "The Lady in the Lake" (January 19, 2016)
In 1947 New York, Chief Jack Thompson and Agent Peggy Carter of the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) apprehend Soviet spy Dottie Underwood. Newly appointed Chief Daniel Sousa of the Los Angeles SSR office meets with Detective Andrew Henry, who has discovered a woman's body in a frozen lake during a heat wave. Sousa, doubting his inexperienced agents, asks Thompson for backup; he sends Carter. An autopsy shows that the body glows in the dark, likely caused by Isodyne Energy's particle accelerator. Carter learns from Isodyne scientist Jason Wilkes that the woman, physicist Jane Scott, had an affair with Isodyne owner and prospective senator Calvin Chadwick. Underwood is taken into FBI custody, with Thompson's mentor Vernon Masters warning him of greater forces than the SSR that may affect his future. Henry attempts to kill Wilkes, but is killed himself by a police officer; Henry and the officer were hired to cover up the murder by Chadwick and his actress wife Whitney Frost following the former's affair.
#2 "A View in the Dark" (January 19, 2016)
Chadwick meets with the secretive Council of Nine, who shut down his Zero Matter program due to its seeming lack of results, and want him to focus on his senatorial ambitions. Chadwick informs Frost, who is the true brains behind the program, while struggling with her acting due to sexism in Hollywood. Wilkes meets with Carter to help with her investigation, though he is hesitant to turn on Isodyne—the only company willing to hire him as a black man. Wilkes explains that Isodyne had attempted to replicate the success of the Manhattan Project and in doing so had discovered Zero Matter. Scott must have come into physical contact with it, though its effects are not limited to freezing. Carter and Wilkes agree to steal the Zero Matter, but at Isodyne find Council agents destroying the program. Wilkes gets to the Zero Matter, where he is confronted by Frost, who is there to steal it herself. They are exposed to the substance in the ensuing scuffle, leaving Wilkes presumed dead and Frost having absorbed Zero Matter.
#3 "Better Angels" (January 26, 2016)
At Frost's behest, Chadwick frames Wilkes as a communist spy who had infiltrated Isodyne and destroyed the facility. Thompson comes to Los Angeles to 'clean-up' the situation at the invitation of Masters, sending Carter back to New York when she enlists the help of Howard Stark to investigate the Arena Club—whose membership pin was borne by the Council agents—but is unable to prove that the Council has blackmailed Chadwick's senatorial competitor into dropping out of the race. Carter 'misses' her flight, and after unsuccessfully confronting Frost, is attacked by Council hitman Rufus Hunt, barely fending him off. Investigating a gravitational anomaly around Carter, Stark discovers Wilkes is alive but temporarily invisible and non-corporeal, and goes in search of his mentor for help in restoring Wilkes' body. Frost absorbs her film director with newly discovered Zero Matter abilities, and Masters introduces Thompson to Chadwick to celebrate the latter's now guaranteed-senatorship, convincing Thompson that Carter was right.
#4 "Smoke & Mirrors" (February 2, 2016)
In the 1920s in Broxton, Oklahoma, Agnes Cully (Frost) is shown to have a brilliant mind, fixing a broken radio, inventing devices, and applying to a science program at Oklahoma University (unsuccessfully due to her gender). In 1934, Cully travels to Hollywood, where she is approached by a talent agent, promising to make her a star. In 1940 in England, Carter, who is engaged, receives an offer to join the Special Operations Executive due to her work at Bletchley Park as a code breaker; she eventually accepts the offer and leaves her fiancé after her brother's death in the war. In 1947, Carter and Jarvis kidnap Hunt in an attempt to learn more about the Council. After getting names of members of the Council and locations of transcripts of their meetings, Carter and Sousa prepare the SSR to infiltrate the Arena Club, but are stopped by Masters. They let a bugged Hunt escape, and he attempts to blackmail Chadwick in exchange for protection. Displeased with the mess he was causing, Frost absorbs Hunt, revealing her abilities to Chadwick.
#5 "The Atomic Job" (February 9, 2016)
Wilkes becomes drawn to the Zero Matter in a sample of Scott's body. After absorbing that small amount, Wilkes temporarily regains his physical body and discovers the location of Scott's. Carter and Jarvis attempt to steal Scott's body, hoping that the rest of the Zero Matter within it will restore Wilkes permanently, but arrive to see Frost taking the Zero Matter for herself, before convincing Chadwick to help her steal an atomic bomb from the Council so she can replicate the original discovery of Zero Matter. They seek help from Frost's ex-boyfriend Joseph Manfredi, a crime lord, who gives them men for the job in exchange for Chadwick's influence in the media. Carter, Jarvis, Sousa and some SSR allies break into the Roxxon facility holding the bombs and disable them before Frost can reach them. Carter confronts Frost, but she escapes when Carter is impaled on a rebar. Sousa accidentally reveals to his new fiance that he loves Carter, and while Wilkes comforts Carter as she recuperates, his form begins to fade away.
#6 "Life of the Party" (February 16, 2016)
Desperate to stabilize himself before he is completely drawn away, Wilkes designs a containment chamber for himself, but requires more Zero Matter. Carter realizes that Frost is now the only source of Zero Matter, but is still too injured to get it herself. Instead, she breaks Underwood out of prison, sending her to one of Chadwick's campaign events with Jarvis. The event is also cover for a Council meeting, with Chadwick having convinced them to see Frost (they usually never speak with outsiders, let alone women). Masters and Thompson are also at the event; Jarvis distracts Thompson while Underwood collects the Zero Matter from Frost using a device designed by Wilkes. Sousa tells Carter that his fiancée left him due to his supposed feelings for her. Underwood eavesdrops on the Council meeting, watching as Chadwick betrays Frost and has her restrained. Frost destroys Chadwick and half of the Council, proclaiming herself leader of the remaining Council members. Masters and Thompson capture Underwood for Frost.
#7 "Monsters" (February 16, 2016)
Frost and the Council cover up her murder of Chadwick and the other Council members, and Frost makes Manfredi her second-in-command. With the help of Jarvis's wife Ana, Wilkes uses the Zero Matter and containment chamber to restore his physical form, though he knows he cannot leave the chamber for long. Masters tries to interrogate Underwood, before Frost reassigns him to finding the uranium that Carter and company stole from the Roxxon bombs. Frost interrogates Underwood herself, using her abilities, and learns that Carter wanted the Zero Matter because of Wilkes and his condition. Frost sets a trap, luring Carter and Jarvis away from Wilkes. Masters attempts to get Sousa to cooperate in retrieving the uranium, and when he refuses, has men attack him at home, forcing Sousa to take leave—Masters takes over SSR L.A. Frost and Manfredi kidnap Wilkes, with Frost hoping to help and study him. To slow down Carter's pursuit of them, Frost shoots Ana, and while Carter and Jarvis are focused on saving Ana, Underwood escapes.
#8 "The Edge of Mystery" (February 23, 2016)
Frost tells Wilkes that if he accepts the power of the Zero Matter within him then he will be able to control it. Carter and Sousa meet with Frost, giving her fake uranium in exchange for Wilkes. Frost soon realizes the ruse, and pursues them. Wilkes, learning to control his abilities and change between corporeal and non-corporeal states, turns on Carter, demanding that Sousa reveal the location of the real uranium. Sousa directs him to a vault at the SSR. Ana survives surgery, but loses the ability to have children. Thompson overhears Frost telling Masters to retrieve the uranium, but is incapacitated by Masters. Carter and Sousa join Thompson, and, along with Jarvis and a new gamma cannon courtesy of Stark, travel to the Isodyne atomic testing area. Wilkes is sucked into a rift created by the now armed atomic bomb, but the cannon closes the rift and returns Wilkes, now full of Zero Matter. A revenge-seeking Jarvis shoots Frost, but she survives due to her Zero Matter. Jarvis and Carter are taken hostage by Manfredi's men.
#9 "A Little Song and Dance" (Feb. 23, 2016)
Carter and Jarvis escape capture while Thompson and Sousa return to the SSR. Manfredi sets up a new lab for Frost in an abandoned facility, where she begins trying to take all of Wilkes' Zero Matter for herself. Thompson convinces Masters to use the gamma cannon against Frost, then visits Frost, warning her of Masters' treachery and offering to turn on him in exchange for a seat on the Council. Thompson then turns on Carter and Sousa, delaying them, as he actually intends to remote detonate the cannon to kill Frost, Masters, and Wilkes. Thompson turns Masters over to Frost, but the SSR manage to jam his detonator signal before he can detonate the cannon. Carter tries to get Wilkes out of the building, but he refuses to leave knowing what he has become. Thompson holds the others at gunpoint until his signal is un-jammed, though Carter is still unwilling for Wilkes to die. As Frost begins killing Masters, he notices that the cannon is being activated. However, Wilkes finds them then, and unleashes all the Zero Matter from within himself.
#10 "Hollywood Ending" (March 1, 2016)
Agent Carter Season 2 Finale!
Frost absorbs the Zero Matter released from Wilkes, who is rescued by Carter, as Stark returns and aids in their escape. Thompson finds in Masters' possession a supposedly incriminating file on Carter and a secret Council key. Manfredi becomes concerned with Frost's behavior, and her new obsession with opening another rift, this time with a machine of her own design. He meets with Stark—an old friend of his—and the others, and agrees to distract Frost while Carter and Sousa photograph the blueprints for Frost's machine, which Stark and Wilkes build themselves. They open a new rift, and Frost is drawn to it. They use the gamma cannon to knock the Zero Matter from her, into the other dimension; Frost is left insane from her time controlled by the Zero Matter, and is placed in a mental asylum. Thompson gives the secret key to Carter, who is convinced to stay in Los Angeles to be with Sousa. Thompson prepares to return to New York, but is shot in his hotel room; the shooter takes the file on Carter.