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‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’: Emily VanCamp Thinks Marvel Movies ‘Are Just Too Big’ to Fit Sharon Carter

Emily VanCamp plays Sharon Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. VanCamp has played the character in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' 'Captain America: Civil War,' and 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.' While VanCamp enjoyed working on the 'Captain America' movies, she feels Marvel films are too crowded for Sharon.

Emily VanCamp first appeared as Sharon Carter in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. She reprised the role in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Her character was not seen again until the new Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premiered.

In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Sharon seems like an entirely different character after the fallout from Captain America: Civil War. In an interview with Variety, VanCamp shared what it was like returning as Sharon and gave her opinion on the character’s previous appearances.

[Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for Episode 3 and Episode 4 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.]

Emily VanCamp attends the Fox Winter TCA at The Fig House in 2019
Emily VanCamp | Amy Sussman/Getty Images

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When VanCamp got the call to return as Sharon in the MCU, it did not take her long to agree.

“Marvel, when they call, you always answer,” she told Variety.

Compared to the dedicated government employee fans saw in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, Sharon is much more jaded in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

“When [executive producer] Nate Moore called to pitch the idea, what I love is he’s been on the journey, too, and I think had a very similar perspective as to what we’ve seen and we haven’t seen for Sharon,” VanCamp said.

She continued, “Because obviously, she’s had to be on the run. We don’t know where she’s been. All of these kind of crazy ideas to explore.”

What Emily VanCamp thinks of Sharon Carter’s past storylines

While VanCamp loves working with Marvel and enjoyed filming Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, she thinks working on a TV show for the franchise is a welcome change.

“It’s amazing to get to jump back in in this new medium, because with the movies, you’re trying to fit in so many characters into two hours, and with the streaming, six hour version of this [show], you get to tell the story with a little bit more depth,” she told Variety.

In Captain America: Civil War, Sharon is a brief love interest to Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers/Captain America. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier shows Sharon with a storyline outside of being a love interest.

“With Sharon, it was always trying to fit her in and these movies are just too big, and it’s completely understandable,” VanCamp said. “To get to see who she’s become over this long period of time, and independent of Captain America as we know him, is really interesting to me.”


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What to expect from Sharon Carter in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) reunite with Sharon in the third episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. When they run into her, Sam and Bucky discover Sharon is not the same person she once was.

Speaking with Variety, VanCamp revealed how much Sharon has changed, saying:

“She’s not that wide eyed young agent anymore. She’s a little rough around the edges. Do we find out exactly what she’s had to do in order to be where she is now and survive? No. But we get a sense that it hasn’t always been easy, and that the sacrifices she’s made weren’t always worth it in her mind. That was kind of cool to see that chip on her shoulder that we never really did see before.”

Episode 5 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will premiere on Disney+ on April 16.