“It’s a year since Cap plunged into the ocean,” D’Esposito says. “And in our mind, we said there’s a few SSR offices. If you want to relate it to now, it’s like the OSS, the precursor to the CIA. The SSR is the precursor to S.H.I.E.L.D. There’s some satellite offices in New York and right now their primary concern is getting Zodiac.”
What’s Zodiac? A key, a person … a MacGuffin that just kicks the action into gear?
“Zodiac in the books has been many many different things,” D’Esposito says. “We just want you to know it’s deadly, it’s important, bad guys are guarding it, and it’s imperative she gets it.”
Of course, Agent Carter has more than just bad guys to deal with. The good guys are standing in her way, too.
Agent Carter is also battling a sexist, bureaucratic boss Agent Flynn (The West Wing’s Bradley Whitford), who thinks women have no place in the secret agent business.
“He knows her background but insults her by saying the only reason why she’s gotten anywhere is because she was the girlfriend of Captain America,” says D’Esposito. “We know that’s not true, but he’s intentionally suppressing her and not allowing her to go on a mission when the opportunity arises.”
She does have some supporters. Cooper reprises his role as Tony Stark’s father, Howard Stark, an industrialist and weapons manufacturer who helped found S.H.I.E.L.D. (You can expect some other surprise cameos from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but we won’t spoil them for you now.)
Eventually, Carter figures out a way around Flynn and his old-boys club and sets out to follow a lead on Zodiac.
“She proves that the best man for the job was a woman,” D’Esposito says.