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NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Sharon Carter from the Marvel Cinematic film series. The mainstream version can be found here: Sharon Carter (Marvel).

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I asked her once how she managed to master diplomacy and espionage at a time when no one wanted to see a woman succeed at either. And she said, "Compromise where you can. Where you can't, don't. Even if everyone is telling you that something wrong is something right. Even if the whole world is telling you to move, it is your duty to plant yourself like a tree, look them in the eye, and say, 'No, you move'.
~ Sharon's speech at Peggy's funeral.
You know the whole hero thing is a joke, right? The way you gave up that shield, deep down, you must know it's all hypocrisy.
~ Sharon to Sam Wilson.

Sharon Carter, also known as Agent 13 and later the Power Broker, is a recurring character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing as a supporting character in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, however she turns to villainy and returns as the overarching antagonist of the Disney+ TV series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

She is the great-niece of legendary S.H.I.E.L.D. founder Peggy Carter, a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent before its disbandment, and a CIA operative. Following the terrorist attack on Vienna International Centre that was pinned on Bucky Barnes, Carter aided Steve Rogers in rescuing Barnes from imprisonment and went into hiding as a consequence.

To prevent herself from being found, Carter moved to Madripoor and became a black market art dealer. Due to her connections and acquiring valuable items, she became known as the "Power Broker", the dreaded ruler of Madripoor. When Thanos used the infinity gauntlet to wipe out half of all life in the universe in 2018, Carter was reported as a victim of the fallout; in actuality, she survived and continued to rule Madripoor.

Sharon was betrayed by Karli Morgenthau after she stole the Super Soldier serum from Dr. Wilfred Nagel. Angered at her betrayal, Carter decided to stop Morgenthau, and assist Sam and Bucky so she could receive a pardon to allow her back in the United States. After killing Morgenthau for her betrayal, Sharon received her pardon and decided to continue her criminal activities while using government access to her buyers in Madripoor.

She is portrayed by Emily VanCamp, who also played Amanda Porter in Revenge.

Biography

Background

Sharon Carter was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to unnamed parents, and was the great-niece to Peggy Carter, who was one of the founders of the government agency S.H.I.E.L.D. Sharon formed a close relationship with her great-aunt, and she became interested in the agency.

Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Proving her Value

The great-niece of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s co-founder Peggy Carter, Sharon grew an interest in the agency, and followed Peggy's advice to join despite her mother's protests to the contrary. To ensure she would not be on her famed ancestor's shadow, Sharon refused to disclose her surname while at S.H.I.E.L.D.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain, I'm Agent 13 of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Special Service.
~ Sharon to Steve Rogers.

Undercover Mission

Sharon Carter was assigned by Nick Fury to protect and monitor Steve Rogers in his home apartment and was given the apartment opposite to his, acting as a nurse going by the name Kate. She would report back to Fury to ensure that Rogers was not a threat to S.H.I.E.L.D. and could be trusted. Over her tenure as his protector, Carter became well acquainted with Rogers, and would talk to him whenever they met, often flirting with Rogers in order to gain his trust.

One day, Sharon Carter met Steve Rogers outside their respective apartments; after a brief chat, Rogers shyly asked Carter if she wished to join him for coffee, which she politely refused, noting she had to do her laundry. Before she left, Carter informed Rogers that he seemed to have left his radio on as it was still playing music. When Nick Fury was attacked by the Winter Soldier in Rogers' apartment, Carter burst in to aid Rogers, informing him that she was a member of the S.H.I.E.L.D. special service and had been assigned by Fury to protect him. She stayed with Fury providing medical attention while Rogers attempted to apprehend the attacker.

Meeting with Alexander Pierce

When Nick Fury was declared dead after surgery failed to save him, Carter met with Alexander Pierce inside the Triskelion, who then had questioned her about the incident and reassured her by saying that she had done everything she could have done to save the Director. As she exited Pierce's office, Carter passed Steve Rogers who was also on his way to meet with Pierce; as they passed Rogers nodded to her and called her neighbor without eye contact.

When Jasper Sitwell later ordered all of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to join the manhunt for Captain America after he escaped the Triskelion and taken out multiple members of Brock Rumlow's STRIKE team, Carter questioned his orders, demanding that if they were going to hunt down Captain America, they should learn why. However, Pierce then arrived and told the staff that Rogers was withholding important information connected to the Attack on Nick Fury.

HYDRA Uprising

Carter was working in the central control room for Project Insight when Captain America revealed the infiltration of HYDRA. Brock Rumlow and STRIKE walked into the control room and Rumlow threatened to kill Cameron Klein, the agent in charge of the launch, unless he began the launch sequence immediately. Klein refused, saying that he would not put the Helicarriers in the air.

Rumlow ordered him to step away from his station but Carter then intervened. She pointed her gun at him telling him to stand down; as she did this, the other loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in the room pointed their guns at STRIKE. Although Rumlow dropped his weapon, he used a knife to slash out Carter and a gunfight broke out. Rumlow, despite Carter's best efforts, managed to put the Helicarriers in the air before escaping while Carter continued firing at him.

Working for the CIA

Leaving S.H.I.E.L.D.

With S.H.I.E.L.D. having been dismantled after the events of the HYDRA Uprising, Sharon Carter was left without employment. Seeking to still have a job which involved helping people, she joined the CIA as an agent given the skills she possessed as a spy. To prove herself as an expert marksman, she demonstrated her abilities at a shooting range. Her skills later got her promoted to the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre, working with Everett Ross in Berlin.

Captain America: Civil War

I'm not sure you understand the concept of a getaway car.
~ Sharon to Steve.

Peggy's Funeral

When her aunt passed away, Carter attended the funeral in London. Carter gave a eulogy for her aunt; while giving the eulogy, Sam Wilson who attended the funeral, noticed Carter and told Steve Rogers, who was also in attendance and realized that Carter was related to his former love. In Carter's eulogy, she explained that she could never live up to her aunt so that was why she never revealed to anyone that they were related to each other.

At the wake, Carter and Rogers talked to each other with Rogers having only just learnt that she was Peggy Carter's niece. Rogers asked if she told Peggy about her spying on Rogers when they were neighbours and Carter told him that she didn't want to keep any secrets from her aunt about him. They then talked about the Sokovia Accords, where Rogers considered retiring from being Captain America, but Carter believed that Rogers could never stop as it suited him.

Bombing of the Vienna International Centre

The two were interrupted by Sam Wilson who informed Rogers that the International Centre in Vienna had been destroyed. Carter, Rogers and Wilson all watched the news report saying that the bomb was set by James Barnes. Carter told Rogers and Wilson that she had to get back to Berlin and left the two of them behind. When Rogers and Wilson planned to go to find Barnes, Carter met up with them at a cafè and gave them some information about Barnes, including that her CIA team had orders to kill him.

Capturing Captain America

When Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes and T'Challa were all brought to the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre, they were greeted by Carter and Everett Ross. Rogers and Wilson were taken to Tony Stark who informed them of the situation. Carter gave them the receipt for their equipment.

Fighting Winter Soldier

When Barnes was being interrogated by Helmut Zemo, Carter disabled the restrictions so Rogers could eavesdrop on the conversation. When the electricity in Berlin went off due to Zemo's e-bomb, Barnes, under the control of Zemo, made his escape. Carter led Stark and Natasha Romanoff where they could apprehend Barnes. While escaping, Barnes engaged in a fight with Stark, Carter and Natasha Romanoff. When Barnes defeated Stark, Carter and Romanoff stepped in and fought him. Carter held her own against Barnes but was soon thrown by Barnes, smashing into a table and quickly subduing her.

Aiding Fugitives

While Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson and James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes were all being hunted by the government, Rogers called Carter and got her to retrieve their confiscated equipment (Captain America's Shield and EXO-7 Falcon) for them. She met up with them in a secret location. Rogers thanked Carter for risking her job for them and the two shared a passionate kiss that Rogers stated was late. After they kissed, Carter left the three and went back to Berlin.

Madripoor

Becoming Power Broker

Bucky Barnes: A Power Broker? Really?
Helmut Zemo: Every kingdom needs its king. {...} Only by reputation. In Madripoor, he is judge, jury, and executioner.
~ Bucky Barnes and Helmut Zemo on the Power Broker.

Due to assisting Steve during the Avengers Civil War, Sharon was labeled a fugitive, becoming a wanted criminal for the U.S. Government and Interpol. Going on the run from the United States government, Carter decided to go to Madripoor, a Southeast Asian city that had no extradition. Having no contact with her family or allies, Carter became a black market art dealer and hustler, and would acquire various valuable items for a gallery. Due to her criminal connections and art dealing, she became known as the "Power Broker", becoming Madripoor's mysterious ruler, and according to Helmut Zemo, the judge, jury, and executioner. Becoming a powerful dealer, Sharon became hardened and nihilistic about the world, and saw the superhero role as a joke. During her time in Madripoor, Carter gained valuable connections, allowing her to free Georges Batroc from prison and letting him become one of her employees.

The Blip

Sharon Carter was thought to be one of the many who were killed by the Mad Titan Thanos, who succeeded in collecting all of the Infinity Stones. In Avengers: Endgame, her picture is seen when Carol Danvers is shown the victims of the decimation, being shown alongside Falcon, Winter Soldier and Scarlet Witch. In reality, she had feigned her death, which allowed her to continue ruling Madripoor in secret.

While former wanted criminals who participated in the final clash against Thanos were eventually pardoned, Sharon presumably became increasingly bitter towards the States, as she seems motivated to get revenge on her former country due to her sacrifices and not being pardoned. She reassumed her role as the Power Broker and met Wilfred Nagel, who was working on re-creating the Super Soldier serum. She decided to provide Nagel with the resources to synthesize the serum, and met and employed Karlie Morgenthau. Sharon was betrayed by Karlie, however, as she stole the Super Soldier serums and decided to use them on herself and her allies to stop her own goals. Carter was angered by this, and decided to kill Morgenthau and her allies for her betrayal.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

Season One

I thought if I had to hustle, might as well enjoy the life of a real hustler.
~ Sharon to Sam Wilson.

While still maintaining control in Madripoor, Sharon saw her friends Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes arrive alongside Helmut Zemo, whom the two had broken out of prison. When Sam, Bucky and Zemo spoke with Selby, Sharon decided to assist them after their cover was blown, killing Selby and her associates. Carter continued assisting them eliminating bounty hunters in the area before confronting Zemo, whom she held at gunpoint for his previous actions. Taking them to her apartment, she revealed that she was been dealing in art and warns them not to get in the way of Flag Smashers. However, Sam and Bucky refused to stop and were determined to stop them, and Carter informed them that Wilfred Nagel, the new creator of the Super Solider serum, was working for the Power Broker.

Sam then asked Sharon for help to find Nagel and stop the Flag Smashers, and she reluctantly agreed to after Wilson offered to get her pardoned. While Sam, Bucky and Zemo confronted Nagel at Buccaneer Bay, Carter battled bounty hunters in the area since they were still trying to kill them for eliminating Selby. Once the group dealt with Nagel, Carter participated in fighting the bounty hunters with them before they left the area. While Sharon remained in Madripoor, Sam, Bucky and Zemo traveled to Latvia, where Wilson asked for Carter's assistance once again. She used a satellite to give Sam cover since Zemo was keeping them blind, and also helped Wilson track John Walker when meeting with Morgenthau once again.

After assisting Sam, Sharon contacted Batroc and gave him a job to spy on Morgenthau and the Flag Smashers when the terrorist group planned to attack the Global Repatriation Council. When Wilson asked for help once again in New York, Sharon decided to travel there to give him and Bucky assistance so she could stop Karli. Carter would go on to kill Lennox with mercury vapor before confronting Morgenthau, telling her that she was disappointed in her betrayal and could have got an opportunity to work for her. During the standoff, Batroc arrived and threatened Sharon after learning she was the Power Broker, so Carter killed him before being shot herself by Karli. While wounded, Sharon witnessed Sam fight Morgenthau, and killed Karli when she was prepared to kill Wilson after he refused to fight back.

After stopping the Flag Smashers in New York, Sharon was pardoned by the United States Government, which allowed her to have government access. Despite this, Sharon was still hurt for being labeled a fugitive for helping Steve during the Avengers Civil War. While walking outside the capitol, Carter called her contact and told them to line up buyers, now being able to do more since she had government access to trade and seal weapons and equipment.

Abilities

  • Expert Businesswoman: Sharon is an excellent businesswoman; as she has successfully ran her own art gallery for seven years in Madripoor, without any form of financial loss or any form of bankruptcy.
  • Expert Combatant/Martial Artist: Due to Sharon's training from both S.H.I.E.L.D. and the CIA, she is a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant and martial artist; her combat style is comprised of Krav Maga, Taekwondo, Eskrima and Brazilian Jiujitsu. She was briefly able to go head-on against Winter Soldier, despite the latter's superior strength and combat skills. Sharon is also proven to be capable of taking down several mercenaries relatively easily.
  • Expert Markswoman: Due to Sharon's training from both S.H.I.E.L.D. and the CIA, she is a highly skilled markswoman. She almost shot down Brock Rumlow during a gunfight, after he tried to launch Project Insight. Sharon was also able to shoot down and kill Selby with sniper rifle from a distance; despite the fact that it was completely dark at the time.
  • Expert Stick-Fighter: Sharon is a highly skilled stick-fighter. She was able to take down several mercenaries relatively easily.
  • Expert of Stealth/Infiltration: Due to Sharon's training from S.H.I.E.L.D., she is highly skilled in espionage, stealth and infiltration. She pretended to be a nurse well enough that Natasha Romanoff referred to her by that title until her cover was blown.

Relationships

Family

  • Rachael Carter - Mother
  • Peggy Carter † - Great Aunt
  • Amanda Carter † - Great Grandmother
  • Harrison Carter † - Great Grandfather
  • Michael Carter - Great Uncle

Allies

Enemies

Quotes

Depends on where you're standing.
~ Sharon Carter to Brock Rumlow.
Here we go again, huh?
~ Sharon Carter in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Well, this is too perfect. Drop it, Zemo.
~ Sharon revealing herself.
I stole Steve's shield, remember? I also took the wings for your ass so that you could save his ass from his ass. Unlike you, I didn't have the Avengers to back me up. So I'm off the grid in Madripoor.
~ Sharon Carter to Sam Wilson.
Please. You buy into all that stars and stripes bulls**t. Before you were his pet psychopath, you were Mr. America! Cap's best friend.
~ Sharon teasing Bucky.
I can give you double this time. I promise you won't regret saying yes. So, what's it gonna be?
~ Sharon to Batroc.
Hey, Sam. I thought I'd get the band back together.
~ Sharon to Sam Wilson.
Start lining up our buyers. Super soldiers may be off the menu, but we're about to have full access to government secrets, prototype weapons, you name it. Should be something for everyone.
~ Sharon after her pardon.

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Trivia

  • She was originally written to be Peggy's younger sister, but was written as her niece.
  • She was originally suppose to appear in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but Emily VanCamp was working on ABC's Revenge, at the time.
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Imogen Poots, Alison Brie, Emilia Clarke, Teresa Palmer, Felicity Jones, Anna Kendrick, Jessica Brown Findley, and Elizabeth Olsen were considered for the role before Emily VanCamp was chosen.
    • Karen Gillian also auditioned for the role, but be chosen to play Nebula in the same universe.
  • There is a possibility that she was meant to be part of the Avengers' clash, as concept art has her as a member of Captain America's faction.
  • At one point she was supposed to be in Avengers Endgame, being in a relationship with Steve by 2023, but it was taken out due to it deemed being inessential to the plot.

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