When Sharon Carter made her MCU debut in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, some fans might have thought that the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent would only be Captain America’s love interest. What some fans overlooked, however, is that her skills and commitment were so great that she was personally trusted by Nick Fury to keep an eye on Steve Rogers.
S.H.I.E.L.D. might have fallen in the movies, but Sharon Carter’s place in the MCU lives on. From CIA liaison to a woman on the run, The Falcon And The Winter Soldier is bringing her back to the screen. Those who aren’t familiar with the character from the comics, however, might have a few questions after her handful of MCU appearances.
10 What Is Her S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Designation?
S.H.I.E.L.D. is an intriguing organization in the comics because it employs a lot of different ways of classifying agents. Some keep their codenames from their previous lines of work, like Hawkeye and Black Widow. Other agents get numeric classifications.
Those are agents who, in the old comic book system, had at least Level 6 clearance or above. Sharon Carter is one of them, designated as Agent 13 when on undercover assignments. Fittingly, she shares that designation with her relative Peggy Carter.
9 When Did She Make Her Comic Book Debut?
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Sharon Carter made her first comic book appearance in 1966. She appeared in one of the stories of the March issue of Tales Of Suspense titled “30 Minutes To Live!”
In her first appearance, her name wasn’t revealed. Instead, she was only referred to by her Agent 13 codename. She and Captain America crossed paths while she was on her mission, though, and he noted her resemblance to his previous girlfriend. Eventually, it was revealed that Sharon was Peggy Carter’s sister, though that was retconned to Sharon being Peggy’s niece in later comics.
8 What Villain Did She Go Up Against In Her First Comic Book Mission?
Sharon’s first comic book mission involved her retrieving a cylinder full of explosive materials from another agent who stole it from Hydra. Unfortunately for her, she ran into complications when a villain tried to steal it out from under her.
That villain also made an appearance in her first foray into the MCU: Batroc the Leaper. Movie fans will remember him as the same villain that took the Lemurian Star hostage with his crew in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He also made an appearance in the premiere of The Falcon And The Winter Soldier.
7 What Special S.H.I.E.L.D. Team Did She Lead?
In the comics, S.H.I.E.L.D. has a lot of very specialized teams. Some are employed for scientific purposes; others do undercover work. Some are simply themed around a specific type of agent.
For a short while in the comics, Sharon led one of those specialized teams. It was called Femme Force because it was staffed only by female agents. Not all of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team members were revealed over the course of its time in the comics, but the idea was to reinforce the equality of male and female agents.
6 Did Sharon Really Kill Captain America?
One thing a lot of comic book fans remember about Sharon Carter is that she was responsible for the death of Captain America. That’s not entirely true, though fans didn’t know it when the storyline played out.
Sharon was brainwashed and tricked into shooting Captain America. It was a tragic event that left her feeling incredibly guilty. Eventually, however, she found out that the gun she used wasn’t a gun at all. Instead, it was a device that caused time displacement. She actually sent Captain America back in time and ended up getting scientists Hank Pym and Reed Richards to help her fix the situation.
5 Was Sharon Supposed To Appear In Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
Sharon Carter’s MCU debut coincided with the final stretch of episodes of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s first season. The fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. on the big screen caused a ripple effect for the series and some fans thought the S.H.I.E.L.D. characters in Marvel’s movies might appear in the television series. While Nick Fury and Maria Hill made appearances in the show, Sharon Carter never did.
According to actress Emily Van Camp, however, there were discussions of the possibility. Unfortunately, she was working on the television series Revenge at the time and wouldn’t have been available to appear.
4 What Is One Of Her Obsessions?
Audience members might not have had the chance to get to know Sharon well on the screen yet, but with decades of comic book history, there is a lot of interesting information out there. One thing fans might be interested to know about her is just what she’s “obsessed” with in the comics.
Sharon has made it her mission in life to find the world’s perfect cheeseburger, as revealed in the 2005 Captain America series written by Ed Brubaker. It’s a good thing she’s an agent that travels all over the planet. She has plenty of chances to try all different kinds of cheeseburgers from everywhere.
3 Was Her Grandfather A Villain?
Though Sharon is Peggy’s niece in modern-day comics, she’s actually the granddaughter of Peggy’s brother in the MCU. Thanks to a cliffhanger when Agent Carter was canceled after its second season, however, the MCU audience didn’t learn much about Michael Carter.
Long after the show’s cancellation, writer and producer Jose Molina revealed there was a plan to make Michael involved in “super-villainous shenanigans.” So, at one point, Sharon’s grandfather was a villain, but whether he reformed or not, the audience may never know.
2 Was She Snapped?
Half of the MCU vanished when Thanos snapped his fingers in Avengers: Infinity War. Not every Marvel characters’ fate was shown on screen, however. Sharon wasn’t in the movie, so fans didn’t initially get to see if she was “snapped.”
Her fate wasn’t revealed until Avengers: Endgame. Her image as one of the vanished is seen on screen after Carol Danvers talks with Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff. Though it’s Sam Wilson’s image that the audience gets the focus on, Sharon’s is seen just to the right of his. Like Sam and Bucky Barnes, Sharon also missed five years.
1 How Many Times Has Sharon Carter Been S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Director?
There are many characters who have been named director of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the comics, but only a few have directed the organization for multiple terms. Sharon is one of them, acting as S.H.I.E.L.D. director for two different tenures.
The first time she replaced Nick Fury in the role. He had actually faked his death (one of many times), so her time as director didn’t last too long. The second time, she appeared as interim director following Maria Hill. Hill found herself in hot water after her experiment using a cosmic cube to rehabilitate criminals didn’t work out. Again, Sharon wasn’t the director for long, but she was trusted to run the agency in the absence of Hill or Fury.
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