Marvel Star Emily VanCamp Says There’s 1 ‘Great’ Thing About Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter’s Kiss

Emily VanCamp recently reprised her Marvel Cinematic Universe role as Sharon Carter in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Her character  famously shared a brief romantic moment with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in Captain America: Civil War

Feeling a loyalty towards Steve’ true love, Peggy Carter, some fans weren’t thrilled to see him kiss Sharon. And while acknowledging the scene wasn’t universally well-received, VanCamp does think there’s one great thing that came out of it. 

Emily VanCamp in 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier'
Emily VanCamp in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ | Marvel Studios

In Captain America: The First Avenger, a 1940’s Steve falls in love with Strategic Scientific Reserve officer Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). He wakes up decades later, only to find that Peggy has aged. 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier introduces VanCamp as Sharon Carter, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent tasked with keeping any eye on Steve. Initially, Steve doesn’t know that Sharon has any connection to his past. But at Peggy’s funeral in Captain America: Civil War, he learns that Sharon is Peggy’s grand niece. 

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So knowing Sharon is related to Peggy, some fans found her kiss with Steve a bit awkward. And when talking to Collider, VanCamp admitted she had her own reservations about the scene as well. 

“I did have a few moments where I wondered, ‘Are we going too far with this? Should this be more of an amicable, friendly moment?’” she said. “I didn’t really know. I don’t think any of us really knew. It’s hard to answer because I don’t think it’s anyone’s fault that it didn’t totally work in terms of the story.”

Emily VanCamp gets why people didn’t love the Sharon Carter and Captain America kiss

Some Marvel fans felt Sharon and Steve’s kiss didn’t make sense because of the superheroes undying love for Peggy. And VanCamp did understand that sentiment. 

“I think where it got a little bit blurry was the love for the Peggy-Steve relationship, “ she told Collider. “That’s where it got a little sticky, I think, with fans and with people who really were sort of into that specific relationship, and people saying that maybe that it was just awkward in general.”

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However, VanCamp did feel the backlash of the moment overshadowed Sharon’s story arc in the MCU. “It’s storytelling and you win some, you lose some,” she admitted.

Emily VanCamp says there’s one great thing that came from the ‘Captain America: Civil War’ scene

In Captain America: Civil War, Sharon and Steve kiss outside of his getaway car. Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) are watching from inside, and they inadvertently share their own 12-second bromance moment.

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While acknowledging how awkward Sharon and Steve’s romantic scene was, VanCamp suggested the Sam and Bucky scene was the one good thing to come from it. 

“I think, doing the best that we could, and something great came out of it, which was this dynamic between Sam and Bucky in the car!” VanCamp said in her chat with Collider. “And so something great did come of it, ultimately. And here we have The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”