Hulk aside, there are few people in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as pissed off as Sharon Carter.
Of course, helping and cheering Steve Rogers has its perks (if you had the chance you’d probably get along with Chris Evans too, okay?), But at the end of “Captain America: Civil War,” the elder SHIELD agent was labeled an enemy of the state and forced to flee after giving everything to her job and her country.
Cut to: The government is raining pardons on his bloated countrymen and Steve traveling through time to end his romance with his great-aunt Peggy Carter, leaving Sharon out in the cold to fend for herself.
And that’s what she did in last week’s episode of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” in which viewers got their first introduction to Sharon in the Disney + series, when the titular heroes crossed paths with her in the island town of Madripoor. But this version of Sharon is a far cry from the law-abiding, relatively one-dimensional love interest we encountered all these years ago. She’s jaded. She thinks the heroes are a joke. She brutally mows down a group of bounty hunters with ease in one of the bloodiest fights in Marvel history.
For Emily VanCamp, who was first approached for the role almost ten years ago, finally clarifying who Sharon Carter is outside of her relationship with Captain America offered her character a chance at redemption.
“It’s really nice to see Sharon apart from this relationship in such a whole new light. It was great to play that bolder version and reinvent it a little bit, ”VanCamp told HuffPost between scenes on the set of Fox medical drama“ The Resident ”. “Sharon, when you see her now, is a bit cynical. The wide-eyed young agent she once was is gone.
A Sharon Carter redux is especially gratifying for fans who have seen her reduced to a freeway kiss with a man who may or may not be her relative in another timeline.
VanCamp said he was “unhappy” that for some fans the kiss was the lasting impression on his character, which has a much longer and more complex history in comic book canon. Known as Agent 13, one of the deadliest agents in the game, Sharon Carter becomes the first female director of SHIELD, leads an all-female task force, and thus finds herself saving Captain America on a regular basis in some of her different iterations throughout the years.
But in the Marvel movies, we haven’t seen all of these sides of Sharon, who now has to pick up the pieces of her life after being abandoned by the one person she trusted.
“We also protect our characters. So I really understand this point of view from fans and movie viewers that an injustice has been done there, ”VanCamp said of his character’s perceived abuse.
“But as a spectator of the films myself, I also loved the way it ended for Steve and Peggy. So, it’s pretty good that they’ve had their happy ending and Sharon comes back and kicks. You can’t do everything right in big, splashy movies like that, ”she continued. “What if this kiss … at least we can move on.”
While Sharon fans might understandably blame Steve, VanCamp says her character’s anger is more directed at “the establishment and the government she grew up in.”
“We don’t even go into that Steve stuff with Sharon on the show, which I thought was good,” VanCamp revealed. “We are in this new world and this new phase of it.”
While the old Sharon could certainly defend herself in a fight, the new Sharon is downright ruthless. She doesn’t seem to hesitate to murder a dozen villains: in a sequence that felt more at home in a “John Wick” movie than on kid-friendly Disney +, Sharon leaves behind a trail of broken bones, blows. knife and body bloodied and riddled with bullets.
“There has been so much talk about the levels of violence and the weapons Sharon would use,” VanCamp said of the fight. “The tricky part is that Sharon doesn’t have any superpowers, so in order to be able to see that side of her and really inform who she is at this point and what she’s had to go through, there must have been some brutality.” .
The character’s utter disregard for human life allows some to theorize whether she might have a bigger, more nefarious role to play in the series – perhaps even as the mysterious and well-connected Power Broker that the episode draws from. last name.
While VanCamp can’t say too much about the final three episodes of the season, she noted that characters “especially within the MCU are capable of anything at all times.”
“It’s pretty obvious Sharon feels wronged and hardened,” VanCamp said. “But can she do it?” It’s hard to say.”
“The lines are very blurry and there are a lot of gray areas,” she continued. “It’s a much more interesting way to approach bad guys in general. In a way, we have to be able to sympathize and sympathize with them. It just makes a story a lot more complex and I really think that’s the way to go.
While the character’s true allegiances remain to be seen, there is one thing VanCamp has been relatively clear: don’t expect to see Sharon dressing up in her signature look from the comics anytime soon.
“Everyone wants to see the white outfit! It’s not up to me, ”she said. “It obviously wouldn’t have made sense [because] she’s still a fugitive, but maybe one day we’ll see.
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