An Underrated MCU Character's TV Power Boost Is Huge for Marvel's Future – CBR – Comic Book Resources

The MCU recently brought back a character and gave her a full arc. But what could this mean for her future in the franchise?
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Sharon Carter is introduced as an ally of Captain America. But following her actions in Captain America: Civil War, she becomes a fugitive from the law for helping out Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes. And as a result, she is forcibly exiled from the U.S. and forced to hide in the criminal city of Madripoor. While on the run, Sharon learned to survive through illegal means and created a small business, going under the name of the “Power Broker.” Now, her status has changed entirely and could offer so much more for the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward.
When Sharon is reintroduced in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, she helps where she can in the hopes of being pardoned by the government. Unfortunately, by the end of the season, it’s revealed she supplied the Super Soldier Serum that gave birth to the Flag-Smashers. And to make matters worse, she was never exposed for her crimes and, as part of her pardon, was granted her old job. With her new position, her stock as the Power Broker has grown incredibly, making her the first person for people to come to for weapons and powers.
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Reintroducing Sharon in the Disney+ series was an excellent decision for the character as it offered Sharon to have a full-fledged arc. in the past, she was a side character and never had the opportunity for her past as Peggy Carter’s niece to be explored. However, rather than see her again and delve into her heroic past, she’s tarnished her family name and became an international criminal. It was a surprise for comic fans, as she’s never had a heel turn in the past, and it took her down a path that made her more complex than ever before.
With a new storyline to reintroduce the character, Sharon’s future has never looked brighter, as she operates on the dark side. In her new government position, Sharon will not only have a great opportunity but will also have a significant risk. She will be able to supply villains with new armaments, but she would have to be even more secretive than the Hydra agents that infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. But since she is such a skilled agent and businesswoman, this could only be a minor speedbump for her. And on the flip side, because she’s back in the states, her conscience may also come back in full force.
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As a business location, Madripoor only welcomes the most ruthless and cutthroat. Anyone who wavers in the slightest is quickly exposed and often killed. For Sharon to survive, she had to kill the good in her, making it easier for the Power Broker to come to life. However, Sharon’s conscience may return now that she’s back in America and in contact with the new Captain America. The MCU has shown that not all enemies are inherently evil, and Sharon could be the next example of that down the road. Not only would this expand Sharon’s character more but it would also display how complex she has become from being introduced as Steve Rogers’ neighbor.
Whatever direction she takes, it’s clear Sharon Carter has many paths of opportunity before her. Should she stay on the side of evil, the Power Broker could be in a position to put out new street-level villains in droves. Similar to how the Vulture outfitted his crew in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sharon could introduce some unique enemies down the line. However, if she flips to the side of good, she could create even more heroes. Either Way, Sharon’s latest boost in status puts her in a position to impact the MCU for years to come.
To see Sharon’s turn, all episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are available to stream on Disney+.
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CBR Features Writer Nick Brooks has been writing for over ten years about all things pop culture. He has written for other sites like Animemojo.com and Gamefragger.com. When not writing you can find him with his lovely girlfriend, cooking, reading comics, or collecting any new Star Wars Black Series, Marvel Legend, or Transformer. For more of his thoughts on pop culture check out his blog, The Next Panel with Comic Brooks.

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