The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s showrunner Malcolm Spellman has detailed the “tremendous amount of thought” that went into the evolution of Sharon Carter and her controversial turn.
Speaking to IGN, Spellman discussed Sharon Carter becoming the Power Broker in the MCU, and how her surprising turn to the dark side begins with Captain America: Civil War.
“A tremendous amount of thought went into this decision, and it begins with Civil War,” Spellman said. “Sharon was forced out, and in our mind every scenario we ran on why she hadn’t been appearing in the MCU had to do with the fact that when the intelligent community often works is that when they turn on someone, they turn all the way on them.
“You’ve seen it in Mission Impossible movies, you’ve seen it in like, Salt, whatever, right? There’s even a TV show called Burn Notice — when you’ve been burned, you are utterly betrayed. These people not only did not ever take Sharon back in, they forced her to become a criminal, and they forced her to be on that trajectory. And with the skillset she developed at SHIELD, she was able to thrive.”
Sharon becoming the Power Broker was that much more impactful for the writers as she is the great-niece of Peggy Carter and is “sort of like the Princess of Marvel,” so this new edge to the character played really well and came from an honest place of being betrayed.
“We landed on that truth, that was just what we felt like really happened,” Spellman continued. “Add to that the delight in that Sharon comes from royalty, but more than that, more than the character being sort of like the Princess of Marvel, [actress Emily VanCamp] has such a youthful look and vibe. For her to be that edgy really, really played well with the character. But it all came from an honest place. It’s not like anyone showed up and said, ‘Let’s ruin Sharon Carter.’ It was, ‘What do you think happened to Sharon when SHIELD went bad and the intelligence community turned on her.’ And this was it.”
For those who may not remember, Sharon Carter was branded an enemy of the state by the U.S. government following her role in helping Steve Rogers get information about Bucky Barnes whereabouts and giving them their equipment back. She then went on the run to Madripoor and became the Power Broker while amassing wealth from selling stolen artwork.
She was revealed to be the Power Broker in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s season finale, but was also pardoned and given access to government resources once again. Fans were shocked by Sharon Carter’s dark turn, but there are still those who believe that this may not even be Sharon Carter, and that she may be a Skrull imposter in disguise.
Spellman previously discussed how The Falcon and the Winter Soldier would feature a “whole different” Sharon Carter, one who would “emerge as a badass.” Little did we know how different she would be.
For more on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, check out how this series may be setting up Secret Invasion and the news that Spellman will be writing the script for Captain America 4 with Falcon staff writer Dalan Musson.
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