Hayley Atwell Packs Heat In First "Agent Carter" Clip

With its January 6 premiere fast approaching, Marvel has released the first of what's sure to be many clips from "Agent Carter." The 1940s-set spy drama marks Marvel Studios' second televisions and first project with a female protagonist. The clip gives us a glimpse into Carter's new status quo as she hides her life as a spy from Dottie, her unsuspecting neighbor.

"Peg, you work at the phone company," says Dottie, played by Bridget Regan, while the secret agent slides a loaded gun into her purse. "It ain't life and death."

The minute long clip also includes commentary on issues facing women of the era, namely women losing the jobs they held down during World War II because of returning GIs. Tackling the social issues of the time has been part of "Carter's" mission statement since the beginning, and this scene fits in with the previously released series synopsis. The synopsis states that while Agent Carter pledged the same oath to protect the world that her modern day counterparts in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." did, she "lived in a different time when women weren't recognized as being as smart or as tough as their male counterparts."

"Agent Carter" will air its first two episodes on ABC on January 6. The synopses for these two episodes, titled "Now is Not the End" and "Bridge and Tunnel," were released yesterday; a stylized poster for the series made its debut earlier this week.

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