Captain America lives… sort of.
Even though Marvel’s Agent Carter picks up after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger—in which Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) crashes a plane full of nukes into the Arctic and ends up a capsicle—Captain America’s presence is still very much felt on ABC’s midseason drama, thanks to a radio show within the series.
Drawing from the Golden Age of Radio, “The Captain American Adventure Hour” details Cap’s heroic adventures fighting Nazis and saving his dame, Betty Carver, a.k.a. Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell).
“It’s the bane of Peggy’s existence because you have the Peggy character on the show, Betty Carver, and she’s played by this actress who does a soft Marilyn Monroe voice and she’s always in jeopardy,” executive producer Michele Fazekas says. “If someone has a radio on, you’ll sometimes hear it, and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, can you please turn that off?’ It’s just fun and a great little window into that time period.”
Staying true to the era, the radio show includes old-timey dialogue—”I’m going to make you see stars and stripes, Hitler!”—sound effects like punching a ham when Captain America takes a swing at someone or running a beer bottle along a xylophone for broken glass, and a very fitting narrator, Ralph Garman, whom Fazekas and fellow showrunner Tara Butters confess to being huge fans of. Los Angeles residents may best know the radio host from KROQ’s morning show Kevin and Bean, but you may also recognize him from Ted, A Million Ways to Die in the West, or as the former host of Spike’s reality TV hoax series The Joe Schmo Show.
Marvel’s Agent Carter premieres Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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