Friday, November 29, 2013

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Meet and Greet: Agent 13

Marvel is now half way through it's Phase 2 solo films leading up to Avengers: Age of Ultron. While parts of Iron Man 3 were hotly debated by fans, it grossed $1,215,439,994 world wide and Thor: The Dark World, which is still in the midst of its theatrical run, has grossed $552,219,285, surpassing the original Thor which made $449,326618 and assuring that fans of the franchise will see a third Thor solo-outing at some point. Next up, Marvel will delve deep into the world of espionage in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, due in theaters April 4, 2014.  Over the next few weeks, I'll be introducing some of the new characters we'll be seeing on screen in the film. Next up: Agent 13, Sharon Carter

Having woken up 80 years in the future, things were certainly confusing enough for Cap before the events which are about to unfold in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Not only will his friend Bucky, who he thought was deceased, be revealed as alive and well as an assassin, but the love of his life, Peggy Carter, will be far older than him. In the comics, Peggy's niece, Sharon Carter, joined S.H.I.E.L.D. and was given the code name, "Agent 13."

The comic book version of Sharon has long been the love interest of Captain America, but was also instrumental in his death following Marvel's Civil War arc, though she was under the control of the nefarious Doctor Faustus at the time. Sharon has been an integral part of S.H.I.E.L.D., serving, at one point, as the Executive Director of the agency. Sharon recently sacrificed herself in order to help Rogers escape Dimension Z.

Emily VanCamp will take on the task of bringing Agent 13 to life in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and, according to director Joe Russo, they plan to bring at least a little bit of the comic book romance between Rogers and Agent 13 to the film. In an interview with Nylon magazine, Russo stated when casting Sharon Carter they "wanted someone that Cap would have an immediate interest in," and that VanCamp's work on the ABC series, Revenge, "was a great test tube for what the character could be."

While we have all likely seen the shots of Cap getting intimate with the Black Widow, it seems as though there may be some action in store for Agent 13. Really, there are so many unknowns with this film at this point, despite it being named after a very popular comic arc, that it's hard to say exactly where Agent 13 fits. It's certainly a possibility that we see the Death of Captain America story play out in the future and perhaps Agent 13 will pull the trigger. What are your thoughts about her role in the MCU?