As of this morning, more than 21,000 people have joined the call. [Editor: As of Monday morning, the total is over 53,000.]
Directed at Disney, ABC and Netflix, the petition is direct and to the point: “Save Agent Carter, bring her to NETFLIX.” That’s it; any elaboration was left to the supporters, who are eager to make their case.
“‘Agent Carter’ is one of only solely female-based shows on the air of the superhero variety,” one supporter writes. “Peggy Carter is such an amzing [sic] character, and with lines such as ‘I know my own worth,’ she’s also an exemplary role-model. By cutting ‘Agent Carter,’ ABC is only adding to the stigma that women cannot act a lead role and be powerful by themselves that is often preached by media standards.”
Another offers: “I am signing because ‘Agent Carter’ is probably one of the only shows that shows women in such a positive light. It gave a character who started out as a love interest a true story and a positive role model for women. It is sad that Disney and Marvel have taken away such a brilliant character and are alienating their female fans.”
Home to Marvel’s “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones,” as well as the upcoming “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist,” “Punisher” and “The Defenders,” Netflix has stepped in to rescue such television series as “Arrested Development,” “Longmire,” “The Killing.” Whether the streaming service might be able to throw “Agent Carter” a lifeline, of course, remains to be seen.
Starring Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, the period spy drama closed out its second season with series-low ratings. That alone wouldn’t necessarily preclude Netflix from picking up the series — who expected the low-rated “Killing” to get a new lease on life? — but further complicating matters is Atwell’s schedule: She’s starring in a the new ABC legal drama “Conviction.”
Of course, stranger things have happened (see “The Killing,” again). And perhaps Netflix executives want to see those Season 2 cliffhangers resolved just as much as “Agent Carter’s” fans do.
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