If You Love Agent Carter, You Might Like....

Monday, May 16, 2016
Agent Carter books, tv shows, and movie recommendations
Peggy's legacy is one of the most beloved and inspiring examples of female characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hoping her journey on television would fare better, it was a disappointing loss when Agent Carter was one of many, many shows to be cancelled.

Even though the spirited leader's spin-off was critically acclaimed and adored by fans, ABC studio execs weren't convinced to keep the crime-and-sexist fighting maven around longer.

Marvel and ABC may be short-sighted in fully exploring the female protagonists we want to see more of. For what it's worth, we'll always have both seasons of her show and Peggy's presence in the Captain America franchise. We know the value of Miss Carter, and anybody else's opinion doesn't really matter.

If you're still head over heels for the brains, brawn, and beauty kick-assery that Peggy inspired, you might like some of these similar books, movies, and tv shows. Know of a book or movie that's not on this list? Feel free to share below in the comments! Hope you enjoy!

Agent Carter TV Show recommendations


Bomb Girls - available on globaltv
Most of the media dealing with World War II focuses on the events and people hailing from Europe, United States, and Asia. Venturing to Canada, this mini-series profiles four women who work in an munitions factory beginning in 1941. Fans prized the show for its ability to explore gender roles, female-centric storylines, and tackling difficult issues from PTSD, physical abuse, sexual harassment, and patriotism/nationalism.

Jessica Jones - available on Netflix
Former superhero Jessica Jones uses her gift as a private eye to open up a detective agency and hunt down a past tormentor. The series remains one of the top shows streamed on Netflix. It's easy to tell why: Jones is a deeply layered protagonist - a bit rough around the edges, sarcastic, and a powerhouse bad-ass dealing with mature issues not otherwise seen in movies or shows of superheros and real life. (Thematic warnings for the show include rape, assault, and posttraumatic stress disorder - so it's definitely for a mature audience!)

Supergirl - available on CBS
Melissa Benoist balances life in and out of her superheroine persona known as Supergirl. So this may be a DC series, not Marvel, but Supergirl is similar to what we'll miss about Agent Carter. Not only is the show's tone a little bit lighter (so it's family friendlier), but it explores the journey of a human being really realizing their potential - something Agent Carter strove for!

World War II Women movies


Keep Your Power Dry - available on DVD
Lana Turner, Laraine Day, and Susan Peters star as three women from very different backgrounds who join the WACs (Women's Army Corps) during WWII. Though the poster promotes keeping up your beauty routines in the face of difficult times, the film deals wonderfully with patriotism and women trying to a new life under the regulations and standards of the armed forces.

Restless - available on DVD
Hayley Atwell stars in an adaptation of William Boyd's novel of a young Russian woman who is recruited as a spy by the British secret service in World War II. This mini series might not be superhero or Marvel related, but its centered in the 1940s. Also, QUEEN HAYLEY ATWELL.

So Proudly We Hail - available on DVD
Another world war film from Classic Hollywood, Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard and Veronica Lake star as U.S. Army nurses when their active tour duty begins after the attack on Pearl Harbor. At the time of its release, the film's situations realistically portrayed what female service members experienced as they came to the aid of wounded soldiers. The film is mostly rooted in drama but also contains romance and friendship as the trio evolve by their wartime experiences.

World War Two Women Book Recommendations


Letters Home by Bernice Falk Haydu - avaliable here
This memoir shares the journey one woman attempts to be and remain a pilot throughout 1940s. Bee's mother saved letters of their correspondences which describes her training and tour of active duty. I had the pleasure of meeting this amazing veteran several years ago, and she is one of many shining examples of women who served. It's recommended this book is purchased at Wasp Letters Home as profits will go to towards the WASP scholarship fund.

Millions Like Us by Virginia Nicholson - available on here
Step outside the world of female spies and dive deep into how women (in general) in World War II survived. This book doesn't follow simply one extraordinary protagonist, but multiple accounts of women who raised families, worked, and stepped up to the frontlines.

The Wolves At The Door by Judith Pearson - available here
Virginia Hall is one of history's greatest spies. Departing from her Baltimore home in the early 1930s, Hall enlisted for the British Special Operations Executive. As a secret espionage, she slinked all over Europe to come to the Allies' aid, leaked the sources for weapons and money exchange, among other dangerous exploits. Judith Pearson brings to life a remarkable true story of a woman who went above and beyond to help end World War II.

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