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Sometime later, Carter is working in data analysis and code-breaking for John Flynn in the midst of an old-boys network, where she is patronized and under-used. Meanwhile, the SSR agents are in pursuit of the Zodiac serum but fail to call on Carter for help – she’s gone three months without an assignment.
One night, Flynn and the other male agents go out for drinks, leaving Carter to clean up the office when the hotline rings. The caller directs her to the location of the Zodiac and suggests she draft 3-5 agents.
Instead, Carter goes alone, carrying a tricked out briefcase with her. At her location, she attacks two goons throwing one through the window.
The third guard she handcuffs to a pipe and tells him to scream for help. When two further heavies arrive she ambushes them. Finally, she locates the room where Zodiac is – throwing in a smoke bomb to lay out what she thinks is the final guard before finding the vial marked with a strange symbol. There is one last heavy – the biggest yet, decked out in a gas mask. The two battle until Carter looks finally beaten when, at the last moment, she slips a knife from her briefcase and stabs him.
Back at the office, Flynn disciplines Carter for insubordination until the phone rings. It is Howard Stark. Stark says the mission was more a notch in Carter’s belt than a feather in her cap and informs Flynn that Carter is to run S.H.I.E.L.D. with Stark.
Flynn is to inform Carter and ‘let her know you’re honored to bring her the news’. Carter rebukes his offer to carry her things out of the office.
Stark sits by a swimming pool, together with Dum Dum Dugan. They discuss bikinis – Dugan asks Stark if he invented them and he says no, it was the French.
- Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter
- Bradley Whitford as John Flynn
- Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark
- Shane Black as the Disembodied Voice (voice)
- Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan
- Tim Trobec as Hefty Guard
- Jon Barinholtz as Analyst
- Anthony Molinari as Guard #1
- Jess King as Guard #2
- Mark Wagner as Goon #1
- David Hutchison as Goon #2
- Jacob McCafferty as Goon #3
- Tim Sitarz as Head Goon
- Lindsey Gort as Poolside Woman #1
- Sarah Schreiber as Poolside Woman #2
- Greg Haines as Agent Johnson (uncredited)
- Unknown Actor as Agent Miller (uncredited)
- Unknown Actor as Agent Wilkes (uncredited)
- Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America (archive footage; uncredited)
- New York City, New York
- Arctic (flashback)
- Valkyrie (flashback)
- The Zodiac serum is introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in this one-shot. The serum later makes an appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier Infinite Comic.
- At the end of the One-Shot, S.H.I.E.L.D. is mentioned as Howard Stark decides to recruit Peggy Carter into building the new agency. As seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Chester Phillips, Stark and Carter are the founders of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Despite the One-Shot is shown to be set in 1946 and the foundation of S.H.I.E.L.D. is teased, later sources, such as the Agent Carter TV series, and the book Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years: The Official Movie Special confirm S.H.I.E.L.D.'s creation happened later in the MCU timeline. S.H.I.E.L.D.'s foundation date was first alluded to be in 1949 by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode Meet the New Boss, however, it is confirmed in The New Deal that S.H.I.E.L.D. was formed in the 50s.
- Howard Stark's bathrobe resembles the one that Tony Stark used in the film Iron Man 2.
- Music for the one-shot was composed by Christopher Lennertz.