One thing that continues to impress me with Marvel Studios, is how since the release of Iron Man (2008) they have managed to build a cohesive universe.

Agent CarterSure there has been some bumps along the way, with the much rumoured rocky production of Iron Man 2 and the studios issues with Edward Norton as the Hulk in Avengers.

But when you sit down and look at the overall narrative, you have to admire how with each film, each short and now a TV series, they have managed to produce entertaining stories that further expand the universe without convoluting it.

Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter continues that tradition to great effect.

Serving as a sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger, the latest Marvel One-Shot is a short and action packed story that centres on Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter.

Picking up one year after the events of The First Avenger, we see Peggy Carter mourning over the missing and presumed dead Steve Rogers, and working in a job that is well beneath her abilities that has her cracking simple codes and monitoring enemy communications at the Strategic Scientific Reserve.

Getting fed up with endless sexist behaviour of her superior and colleagues, along with the boring tasks handed to her, Agent Carter secretly takes on a field mission when left alone in the office.

Cue plenty of bad ass fight scenes along with a brief glimpse of the grace, sophistication and charm that Hayley Atwell brought to the role in The First Avenger, what follows is 15 minutes of pure and typical Marvel fun.

With a short, sharp and witty script mixed with some equally sharp action, under the the direction of Louis D’Esposito, this could be the best Marvel One-Shot yet.

Rumour has it that Marvel and ABC are in the process of developing a TV series dedicated to Captain America’s former flame.

If that is true, the we should all be in for a treat, as not only did this 15 minute short have me grinning from ear to ear from start to finish, it left me wanting more.

Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter is available on the Iron Man 3 blu-ray.

About The Author

Colin lives in south west London. Looks like a hobbit and has been watching films ever since he saw Return of the Jedi at the age of 3. You can follow Colin on Twitter @obicolkenobi.