Before Marvel reunited Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter, the MCU looked as if it looked to link up Cap with Sharon Carter. Played by the ever so talented Emily VanCamp, her character first appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Back then, we simply knew her as Agent 13 – the seemingly pleasant neighbor who turned out to be a kickass SHIELD agent. Then, we found out she was Peggy’s niece in Civil War. The last time we saw her, she was kissing Captain America (who could blame her?) and that was it.
That was until she made her return to the MCU in the third episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. The Sharon now is different than the Sharon we knew. Now a woman on the run, she’s seems surprisingly comfortable in a world of questionable morals in Madripoor.
In a recent interview with VanCamp, Variety asked the actress what was it like returning to the MCU. As well as that kiss that’s so remembered in the MCU.
How did it feel to be invited back to play Sharon Carter?
Great! I was thinking about it the other day and realized it’s been about eight years since I started on this journey in the MCU, which is crazy. It’s amazing to get to jump back in in this new medium, because with the movies, you’re trying to fit in so many characters into two hours, and with the streaming, six hour version of this [show], you get to tell the story with a little bit more depth.
It always felt like there was so much left to explore. The last time we see her, she had kissed Captain America and then disappeared.
I know! There was quite a bit of backlash about that. With Sharon, it was always trying to fit her in and these movies are just too big, and it’s completely understandable. To get to see who she’s become over this long period of time, and independent of Captain America as we know him, is really interesting to me. The intrigue for me was to see who is Sharon now.
You mentioned the backlash to that kiss. What did you make of that?
I mean, look, you have to laugh. Some of these storylines play and some of them don’t. But, you know, I thought that was an amazing film. It’s just one of those things.
Variety then asked VanCamp about the change we’ve seen in Sharon and how she’s developed that version of her character:
Through a lot of conversations, because it could have really been anything. What we do know is she sacrificed a tremendous amount for the cause. When she’s on the run, we don’t know where she’s been, but certainly you can imagine there would be some sort of, you know, I mean — how do I put it? There’s quite a bit more edge to Sharon than we’ve ever seen. She’s not that wide eyed young agent anymore. She’s a little rough around the edges. Do we find out exactly what she’s had to do in order to be where she is now and survive? No. But we get a sense that it hasn’t always been easy, and that the sacrifices she’s made weren’t always worth it in her mind. That was kind of cool to see that chip on her shoulder that we never really did see before.
For the full interview, check out Variety!
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