Credit: Sharon reveals not to land

Sharon Carter makes her move.

Sharon Carter makes her move.
Picture: Marvel Studios

Disney + and Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldierof confused mess of a finale meant that, for all its purposes, a few characters were going to have short shrift. But few people were bothered shorter than ex-Agent of SHIELD Sharon Carter.

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And it is despite the big “reveal” that will give Sharon (Emily VanCamp) an interesting and prominent role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe future… depending on how that future manages it.

The show’s Season 1 finale, “One World, One People,” offers many (almost too many) potential threads for future Marvel stories to tell, but the twist it leaves to its post-credit scene is both paradoxically the most interesting of all choices and the one that seems most likely to be defeated. After Sharon comes to the aid of Sam (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) to help quell the threat of Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) and the Flag-Smashers, the public learns a secret she has kept since she found our heroes back to Madripoor. The sinister “Power Broker” of the Criminal Haven who put the Supersoldier Serum in the hands of the Flag-Smashers was none other than Sharon herself.

After Sharon’s execution Karli and Batroc the Leaper in a three-way stalemate (in which she is also injured, giving her blanket a bit more weight-up), The Falcon and the Winter SoldierThe last post-credit scene from Us reveals that not only did Sharon get the forgiveness Sam promised her for her role in the Flag-Smashers shutdown, but she has now been re-embraced by the United States.intelligence ccommunity. What exactly she will be an “agent” is not said, given that SHIELD is very gone at this point and SWORD is, presumably, a little busy after the whole new jersey affair. But Sharon quickly begins to manipulate her new status of “hero”, telephoning a mysterious character to let him know that she now has access to all of them. we secret and his the most dangerous technology to release for the highest bidder.

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It’s a pretty radical swing for an individual who, when Last us view before this show, macking on Steve Rogers. But as deeply, terribly funny as it could be that Sharon got dumped by Steve for his great aunt so hard she apparently just went Full Joker Mode (Broker Mode?), She reveals that the Power Broker misses more than he hits. This is mainly because the show doesn’t feel like it has the confidence or the means to execute it in the future (if there is a future for the show). The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has spent his season proving more than once that he’s far more interested in confronting interesting commentary than he is. actually take the measurements to give the impression that this comment has teeth. Placing Sharon as a mole in the US government for his own gain is no exception.

He should Interestingly, both metatextually and in the narrative, Sharon was so sidelined by both her homeland and the heroes she was helping that she was radicalized into an agent of chaos. . Working against the state, she exploited her sins against it for her own benefit in Madripoor. But by bringing her back to the fold as “Agent Carter,” she is once again an agent of the nation that once threw her aside. Except, do not really.

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Screenshot: Marvel Studios

His double agency and his desire to exploit his new position to whitewash American technology and weapons on the black market are an easy fix that contemporary Marvel Projects decide to comment on as the nations of the world, the United States in particular, often take. The state looks bad on the surface, yes, but it’s never the state itself that’s the real problem, it’s an individual bad apple, an outside infiltrator, from people like General Ross to Alexander Pierce, at John walker, and now Sharon Carter. They are responsible for the decay of these systems, and never of the system itself, inherently presented as an innocent tool that has just been subjugated by bad people. Sharon, as Power Broker, will now be the latest in a long line of US government corrupters, the future goal of one day which we will indicate when the long arm of US politics is addressed in future work of Marvel. to go “No, but look!” This is her fault! Surely it could never be Americanimperialism that is wrong. “

Speaking of Walker – now fully adopted as an American Agent – another of the failures of this series is that when the day comes and Sharon will inevitably be exposed as a Power Broker, she will likely face a more serious level of consequences. than John Walker. . His arc in the finale looks like a mirror image of Sharon’s, wobbling wildly in “One World, One People”, going from a deranged villain seeking revenge to one of the guys, making Lincoln jokes with Bucky. as if he hadn’t been stripped of all his titles and awards for the extrajudicial execution of a civilian one episode ago. But because he’s gone from bad – comedic, horribly so – to good, his sins have already been forgiven (it remains to be seen what Valentina de fontaine really depends on him, but the episode explicitly describes Walker’s arc as a heroic arc). To break the bad, and despite having unbelievably Justifiable reasons for doing so, Sharon will one day be forced to pay for her duplicity.

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Screenshot: Marvel Studios

Who can say, maybe this duplicity will push her down the road to redemption as Walker apparently was. But for now, even though she is positioning herself as a potentially important future figure The Falcon and the Winter Soldier or whatever Marvel TV shows and movies that came from it, Sharon’s return to the MCU scene is as messy and confusing as her impromptu exit from it. Civil war.


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