Remember the Agent Carter One-Shot where Peggy easily separated some thugs from a vial of blue liquid with an ankh on the side called Scorpio? That can be foreshadowing to the supervillain Scorpio popping up in this show to cause mayhem with his Zodiac Key. Perhaps he can be an assassin HYDRA hires to get Carter? They can even use him to homage some classic Steranko art (maybe with German Epressionist film aesthetics subbing in for his swinging '60s style to avoid anachronisms).
The original Scorpio was Nick Fury's brother, but this version could be his uncle since movieverse Nick probably isn't even in diapers yet. Zodiac has had a few costume redesigns over the years, but wardrobe can start from scratch as none of them are really iconic. His cosmic Zodiac Key could be explained as one of the Infinity Stones needed for the Infinity Gauntlet so they don't need to introduce all of them in theatrical films. Wouldn't it be a nice change of pace if something from one of Marvel's TV shows influenced its movies instead of it being a one-way street?
Agents of SHIELD's fight scenes tend to be lackluster when compared to (Green) Arrow, but Agent Carter can dodge that if it scoops up Taskmaster. His photographic reflexes allow him to mimic any fighting style he observes and master any weapon. Since he's been wearing his Skeletor mask full time since before Skeletor existed, the show could cast a skilled stunt actor (or several, depending upon the variety of skills the series calls for) and dub him later.
Taskmaster started off as a SHIELD agent who lost his memory and went rogue after an experiment to perfect his ability. Now he's a mercenary who trains the anonymous hordes of various criminal organizations to be slightly more competent cannon fodder. OOPS. Taskmaster could be one of the earliest examples of SHIELD's penchant for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
4. Jimmy Woo
Jimmy Woo debuted as a surprisingly non-offensive Chinese-American FBI agent way back in 1956 when Marvel was Atlas Comics, so he's overdue for some live action exposure. Agent Carter can use his inclusion to show that WWII America still wasn't great place for non-Caucasians even though it was fighting Nazis. To subvert the trope that Chinese men are all incrutable and loveless, the show can also include his lover, Suwan. Her father, the Golden Claw, is also her personal arch-nemesis who can appear in season 2.
Although Jimmy has gotten a popularity boost as the lead in Agents of Atlas, his teammates, particularly M-11 and Gorilla Man, probably won't be joining him. To reference his pulpy roots, however, Jimmy can be the show's expert on artifacts, aliens and conspiracies. Think of him as the Fox Mulder who can actually close a monster of the week case.
Much like Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, Viper could exist in the gray area where both Fox and Marvel Studios can use her so long as they don't reference any studio exclusive IP. Luckily, that means TV Viper won't be a mutant Poison Ivy impersonator like her movie namesake. Giving Viper the title of Madame Hydra would help reduce any confusion.
All you need to know about her is that she's the more colorful inspiration for G.I. Joe's Baroness. Her verdant coiffure and matching outfit is non-negotiable! The Captain America: Super Soldier video game already did a great WWII adaptation of her look that'd be a shame not to use. In between dodging her bullwhip and surgically implanted venomous fangs, Peggy can commiserate with her about glass ceilings in the espionage field on both sides of the war.
Of course there's always the possibility that "Isabelle Hartly" is just a smokescreen for Lucy Lawless to play this HYDRA strikeforce commander on Agents of SHIELD. Why cast Lucy Lawless on a comic book show as a non-canon character whose name isn't as dynamic as her own?
2. Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine
La Contessa Valentina "Val" Allegra de Fontaine is an Italian heiress who becomes a SHIELD spy after her parents were killed for their political activities. The show could make them fascists to ramp up the tension that Val could be a traitor. She's known primarily as Nick Fury's longtime girlfriend, but his absence could allow Val to finally stand on her own.
Not only will this fashionista fatale add some glamour to SHIELD's bureaucracy, she's also one of its greatest hand-to-hand combatants. She can be the Emma Peel of a new generation. While Peggy is the star, there's no reason she has to be the SSR's only badass female spy. I imagine Peggy and Val would butt heads early on as they come from very different backgrounds, but by the end of the season they should be one of the finest ass-kicking womances in television. Plus, her skunk stripe hair looks as spiffy on her as it does on Alexandra Cabot! Omitting it would be even worse than John Garrett without his signature pornstache.
1. Baron Zemo
Another gripe about Agents of SHIELD has been that it's missing a strong central villain to root against. So Agent Carter needs to go straight to the top and snag Baron Heinrich Zemo as its Big Bad. Baron Zemo is a Nazi war criminal of aristocratic blood crazed with revenge ever since Captain America permanently glued his magenta ski mask to his face in a freak accident during WWII. (Surely the show can borrow Cap's shield for a brief flashback even if Chris Evans is busy.) They can reveal that Zemo's coffers kept HYDRA in business long after Red Skull disintegrated those Nazi site inspectors and declared himself bigger than Hitler.
Not only is Baron Zemo an imposing period-appropriate villain, he could also lay some crucial track for bridging Marvel's TV shows with future films. Zemo can survive to the modern day either by using the longevity-expanding Infinity Formula or indoctrinating his son, Helmut, with his vengeful megalomania. Now that HYDRA has liberated the supervillain prisoners of The Fridge in the present, Baron Zemo can lead them against the Avengers as the Masters of Evil without needing to spend much time on his origin. James Gunn wants to do a Thunderbolts movie, so Zemo needs to be set up in advance for that to work.
While Marvel has tried to make his costume less flamboyant, his live-action costume should look as decadent as possible. How can we tell he's a baron if he's not bedecked in gold, purple, and ermine? Baron Zemo does not make fashion faux pas, because he was "born better" than everyone else on the planet. That's the kind of love-to-hate arrogance that'll make him TV's next King Joffrey or Mason Verger. Agent Carter needs that extra spark to make her transition to television a ratings blockbuster! After all, it takes a villain to define a heroine.
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