Come on, Agent Carter.

I’m going to be blatantly honest here, I am slowly getting more and more annoyed at Agent Carter. The show, not the character. She’s still hella awesome.
However, let’s keep in mind that this show is set in the late 1940s New York. They’ve got everything else on point: the fashion, the language, the music. One small tiny little detail missing though. Black people.
So far I’ve seen a grand total of two black people, one who was introduced and killed within 10 minutes and the other being an honorary member of the Howling Commandoes. He didn’t die, thank the stars. Black people still existed back then, you know. Marvel, I know representation isn’t your strongest suit but come on.
Here’s what’s bugs me the most. All that having more black people would do – even as background characters – is make the show more authentic, more realistic. I can literally see no additional problems with having black people. If you are going to deal with sexism on such a raw and brutal level, then you can’t completely ignore the racism of that time as well.
Also, if The Musketeers – which, may I point out, is set in the 1600s during a time which slavery was still very much a thing – can have black people and deal with racism on a reasonable level – I.e. the story doesn’t revolve around it but it is still dealt with (which cannot be an easy feat) – then really, Marvel has got nothing to complain about. They got Stan Lee to do a bloody cameo in it, it should be slightly easier to get a couple of black people involved. And that concludes my rant.

Please don’t think that due to the lack of racial diversity it is all of a sudden an awful show. This is just one detail that annoys me, it is still very much worth watching. Like I said, everything else is pretty much on point.

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4 thoughts on “Come on, Agent Carter.

  1. You missed two….the woman living in Peggy’s hotel in episode 4 (she even got a line), and the shoe cleaning boy, and I am very sure that the band was black, too, but then, the only reason I started paying attention was because people claimed that there are only white people in the show and I was all “wait a moment…the body guard was clearly native american, and the woman at break-fast in the nurse uniform looks hispanic, and aren’t there asien and hispanic characters in the office?” Granted, not many blacks (though 1940s New york was to more than 90% white), but I wouldn’t expect to see any in the office, just as I wouldn’t expect to see a second female agent.
    Sorry, but I admit, the whole complain annoys me a little bit at this point. Why does Agent Carter, of all shows, so much flak for this? Arrow is set in modern times….it started out with two black people and is now down to one black character, while everyone else is white. Gotham is set in modern times….granted, I dropped it directly after the pilot, but as far as I can tell the only PoC with a regular role is Fish, everyone else is white. What about AoS? They have some sort of “PoCarrussel”, with the way they add and remove non-white characters.
    I honestly would start with those shows and not with the one comic book show which at the very least does better in one regard. Marvel never promised that Agent Carter would address racism in the 1940s. They promised it would address sexism in the era. They delivered and they did well. And at this point the constant scolding reminds me a little bit of a mother who told the child which came home with straight A’s saying “that is great, but why haven’t you won a gold medal yet”? Meanwhile the child with the C’s gets to sneak upstairs and celebrate it’s win.

    • Hey, thanks for the comment. The black people i pointed out were just the ones i noticed, and i posted this without watching the episodes again. I definitely agree that Agent Carter isn’t the only show out there with a lack of diversity, and I’m sorry if me using Agent Carter as an example is upsetting you. Agents of SHIELD just killed off an important character who just so happened to be black, which also doesn’t sit well with me. And i still like Agent Carter, the characters and plot are excellent and the way they deal with sexism is great, too. It’s just that Agent Carter made me realise this lack of racial diversity, which is why it’s in the hot seat right now. I feel like Marvel – or any superhero platform tbh -don’t do enough to have more PoC in their films/series. Maybe it’s just me, maybe I’m being picky, but that’s how I feel. And it’s just not Agent Carter, but that’s the one I guess i am just a bit disappointed in, as they deal with other controvesial topics so well. But that’s just my opinion.

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