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Now is Not the End

"Now is Not the End"
Agent Carter episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 1
Directed byLouis D'Esposito
Written byChristopher Markus
Stephen McFeely
Produced by
  • Tara Butters
  • Michele Fazekas
  • Chris Dingess
Featured music"That Man"
by Caro Emerald
Cinematography byGabriel Beristain
Editing byChris Peppe
Original air dateJanuary 6, 2015 (2015-01-06)
Running time42 minutes
Guest appearance(s)
Episode chronology

"Now is Not the End" is the first episode of the first season of the American television series Agent Carter. It features the Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter as she goes undercover to try clear the name of her friend Howard Stark. The episode is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and acknowledges the franchise's films. It was written by creators Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and directed by Louis D'Esposito who previously directed the Marvel One-Shots short film that inspired the series.

Hayley Atwell reprises her role as Carter from the film series, starring alongside James D'Arcy, Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokaj, and Shea Whigham. Markus and McFeely, the writers of several MCU films, had written the episode by January 2014. It was officially ordered that May. The episode contains several film connections: Dominic Cooper reprises his film role as Stark, Costa Ronin guest stars as the younger version of film character Anton Vanko, and archive footage from Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) is used. The costume and visual effects teams focused on establishing an authentic 1940s New York setting for the episode.

"Now is Not the End" originally aired on ABC on January 6, 2015, and was watched by 10.16 million viewers within a week. The episode was praised by critics for its period setting, relative independence from the rest of the MCU, and especially for the performances of Atwell and D'Arcy. Many critics stated that the episode was superior to ABC's previous Marvel television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The visual effects for the episode received a nomination at the Visual Effects Society Awards.