Jack Thompson

'Marvel's Agent Carter' has feminist message in superhero fun

There are at least 78 reasons to love ABC's new historical action-adventure "Marvel's Agent Carter," including and especially its star Hayley Atwell. But the biggest draw has got to be the time period.

Seriously, every series featuring a strong female character should be set in the years following World War II. No other era so perfectly captures the struggle for gender equality — women who helped win the war being forced out of the workforce — and also the clothes are just so great.

In a world where Uggs still rule and women pay $100 for "hot" black leggings, it's wonderfully refreshing to have a heroine who can land a one-liner and a left hook while...