Agent Carter brings something new and exciting to the genre. Not only is it about an awesome woman overcoming anything in her way, it proves that superhero stories can be used to deal with the tough stuff of our history.
You might be wondering why superhero comic books and films should bother with these stories. Why should they be expected to tackle these issues head on or deal with these moments in history?
Easy: because it’s important.
How many times has someone argued that mid-century America really wasn’t “so bad” for women and people of color? For men and women who felt obligated to adhere to certain gender roles? For anyone who naturally fell outside of society’s approved “lines”? How often do we hear someone wistfully yearn for a bygone era they don’t even properly understand?
Films like Agent Carter confront these narratives. Furthermore, by placing these issues within a fantasy context, we give ourselves new ways of looking at them and may even reveal important truths about ourselves.