Marvel has announced that Dominic Cooper will reprise his role as Howard Stark on ABC's Agent Carter, premiering in 2015.
Dominic Cooper has played genius inventor Howard Stark — father to high-flying Tony — in both Captain America: The First Avenger and Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter, but a recent interview with Hayley Atwell, who reprises her role as the titular S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in ABC's new series, Marvel's Agent Carter, has many fans wondering if Cooper will be reprising his role on the series as well.
"He's incredibly naughty," Atwell told The Telegraph of her former co-star, adding, "I'm going to start the pranks as early as I can. He will come up with some very good ones, too." The U.K. publication took Atwell's comment to mean that she and Cooper would be reuniting, once again, for the Agent Carter series, which is scheduled to premiere on ABC in 2015.
While both Marvel and ABC had no official comment, BuzzFeed has learned that, at this time, Dominic Cooper is not currently signed on to play Howard Stark on an episodic basis. In fact, no actors aside from Atwell are officially contracted for Agent Carter, as production on the series hasn't actually begun. Furthermore, there have been no scripts written for the series to date, nor has a pilot been shot.
Agent Carter is set in 1946 and follows Atwell's Agent Peggy Carter as she balances administrative work and secret missions for Howard Stark, all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America after losing the love of her life, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), aka Captain America.
Given the integral role that Stark's company clearly plays in Marvel's Agent Carter — and the character's potential, which hasn't yet been fully tapped within the films — it stands to reason that Cooper could appear on the show in some capacity moving forward.
But whether that participation would be as a series regular (like Clark Gregg, who plays Agent Coulson, on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) or via cameos (like Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders, who reprised their movie roles on S.H.I.E.L.D.) remains to be seen.