The last big missing piece in Marvel’s Agent Carter has been put into place with today’s news that Dominic Cooper is set to reprise the role of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-founder Howard Stark in the period TV series.
Agent Carter will mark Cooper’s third turn as Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) father in Marvel’s live-action properties. He first appeared as the brilliant inventor in Captain America: The First Avenger, and was on-hand for the experiment that turned Steve Rogers into a super soldier and eventual Avenger. Cooper also had a brief cameo as Howard Stark in the Agent Carter Marvel One-Shot for a pivotal scene that marked the formal beginning of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Eagle-eyed viewers would have also noted a framed image of Cooper as Stark in the secret S.H.I.E.L.D. bunker that Captain America (Chris Evans) visits during the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The Agent Carter TV series takes place in 1946, roughly a year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger that left Steve Rogers presumed dead in an icy grave. She now works for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) agency while taking on secret side-missions for Stark and S.H.I.E.L.D. as called upon while the tentacles of Hydra extend their reach into the early organization.
Agent Carter stars Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, Chad Michael Murray as SSR Agent Jack Thompson, Enver Gjokaj as SSR Agent Daniel Sousa, James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, and Shea Whigham as SSR Chief Roger Dooley.
Marvel will air Agent Carter in early 2015 during the hiatus time period for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.