Even The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s Emily VanCamp is shocked that her character, Sharon Carter, wasn’t pardoned like the Avengers.
Emily VanCamp says she was shocked her character, Sharon Carter, wasn’t pardoned and is still a fugitive in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Episode 3 sees Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, and Baron Zemo travel to Madripoor (no extradition laws) where they’re reunited with Sharon Carter. The great-niece of Peggy, Sharon is first introduced as a nurse/next-door neighbor of Steve Rogers in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. She is later revealed to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent tasked with monitoring Captain America. Following the events of that film, she becomes Steve’s ally and potential love interest.
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In Captain America: Civil War, now a member of the CIA, Sharon ignores the Sokovia Accords and aids Steve, Sam, and Bucky as they evade custody; stealing Cap’s shield and Sam’s wings from the government. Because of their crimes, all are considered enemies of the state in Avengers: Infinity War. However, Sharon, Sam, and Bucky all fell victim to the Blip. After defeating Thanos and reversing his snap in Avengers: Endgame, Steve, Sam, and Bucky have all been pardoned for their previous crimes. The next time we see Sharon in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, it’s revealed that a bitter and disillusioned Sharon had not been pardoned—she “didn’t have the Avengers to back [her] up.” Therefore, Sam promises to help clear her name if she helps them locate the Power Broker and Super-Soldier Serum.
In an interview with Deadline, VanCamp spoke about how much her character has changed. The Sharon we meet in episode 3 has been through a lot and isn’t happy about it. All the things that used to motivate Sharon, her loyalty to the government/Cap, are gone. Despite thriving in her new environment, she’s still very much seeking a pardon—which, according to VanCamp, is shocking. VanCamp said:
Based on what some of these other characters have done, and have successfully been pardoned [for], I think it’s shocking she’s still on the run. She’s still this fugitive, living in Madripoor, dealing in stolen art. It seems shocking to me, and equally shocking to her.
Although Sharon didn’t publicly fight in Avengers: Endgame’s final battle, it’s shocking that the Avengers who broke the Sokovia Accords were welcomed back into the U.S. as law-abiding citizens and she wasn’t (are the Accords even still a thing?). On top of that, Sam operates as an independent contractor in a capacity that surely violates the Accords (not to mention the things Bucky is/was doing). Perhaps Sharon never received a pardon because she never turned herself in, choosing instead to remain a fugitive for reasons unknown. Avengers (like Sam or even Nick Fury) would’ve backed her if she asked given her admirable history. In episode 3, she points out the hypocrisy of hero worship and likely wants nothing to do with the system so many of the new (or rather old) world order’s citizens have a problem with post-Blip.
Sharon fears that turning herself in wouldn’t grant her clemency (even Sam isn’t sure). Doing well for herself in Madripoor, maybe she isn’t afraid of facing her past crimes but her current ones instead. Near the end of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s third episode, Sharon remarks to her cohort that they “have a couple of big problems.” Many have theorized, due to her mysterious status, that Sharon is actually the Power Broker responsible for the spread of the Super Soldier Serum and Karli Morgenthau’s Flag-Smashers. VanCamp remained expectedly silent regarding theories online but said that she loves them.
More: MCU Theory: Sharon Carter Is The Power Broker
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