Today's modern retro feminist hero of days gone by for our times.

The first two episodes of Marvel's Agent Carter premiered on ABC last night, and the reviews have been almost exclusively stellar. And for good reason: it's a action show, with a well-rounded female protagonist, a solid supporting cast and a razor sharp wit. A person with zero knowledge of the recent Marvel blockbuster films—if such a person existed—could sit down on their couch and enjoy this '40s-era espionage thriller with nary a question (except, maybe, "Why do all the flashbacks involving this Captain America character have such higher production quality?").


That said, this is a part of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe—the ever-expanding tapestry of films and TV shows—based upon the exhaustive library of Marvel comics. That means that while SSR Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) is running around New York City, whacking people with staplers, in some other part of the cosmos, Thor, Prince of Asgard, is combing out his luxurious blond locks and in some other far off corner the Dark Lord Thanos is commissioning a floating throne from an outer space stone sculptor.

It also means that you can watch Agent Carter through the eyes of a comic book nerd and find all kinds of fun things to get giddy over. So, here's some things to talk about with your dorkier circle of friends, so that you can kind of almost speak the same language:

1. Jarvis the butler is somehow the precursor of J.A.R.V.I.S.