Sharon Carter

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Sharon Carter
Agent13.jpg
Sharon Carter.
Art by Mike Perkins.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Tales of Suspense #75 (March 1966)
Created by Stan Lee (writer)
Jack Kirby (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Sharon Carter
Team affiliations S.H.I.E.L.D.
Secret Avengers
Notable aliases Agent 13
Abilities Skilled athlete and martial artist
Highly trained in espionage, weaponry, and computers

Sharon Carter (also known as Agent 13) is a character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is usually depicted as a secret agent and an ex-field agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. under Nick Fury and the ex-girlfriend of Captain America.

In the original comic book continuity, Sharon was the younger sister of Peggy Carter, the wartime love interest of Captain America. She was later retconned as Peggy's great-niece because of the unaging nature of comic book characters.[1]

Sharon Carter appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, portrayed by Emily VanCamp.

Publication history[edit]

Created by writer Stan Lee and penciler and co-plotter Jack Kirby, Carter first appeared in Tales of Suspense #75 (cover-date March 1966).

Carter was apparently killed in Captain America #233. She was revived in issue #444 by writer Mark Waid, who commented, "The reason she works so well with Cap is because she's a complete cynic and he's a complete idealist."[2]

Sharon Carter appeared as a supporting character in the 2010-2013 Secret Avengers series, from issue #1 (July 2010) through issue #21 (March 2012).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Sharon was born in Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of two wealthy Virginians, Harrison and Amanda Carter. She grew up with the stories of her aunt (Margaret "Peggy" Carter) who was a freedom fighter with the French Resistance during World War II.

Inspired by her aunt's adventures, Sharon joins the international security agency S.H.I.E.L.D., and is assigned the code name Agent 13. By this time, Steve Rogers, the patriotic hero known as Captain America, had been revived from suspended animation, and during one of Sharon's earliest missions, he comes to her aid when she is under attack by a mercenary known as Batroc the Leaper. The two of them cross paths often, teaming up on missions against A.I.M., HYDRA, Red Skull, and many others.[volume & issue needed]

Sharon and Rogers eventually fall in love. The dangerous nature of Sharon's work strains their relationship, and Rogers wants Sharon to give up her life as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.[3]

While working as a S.H.I.E.L.D. liaison with the New York Police Department, Sharon investigates and infiltrates a white supremacist terrorist organization known as the National Force. During one of the National Force's battles with street criminals in Harlem, the National Guard is sent in. Under the effects of a mind-altering gas, Sharon apparently activates a self-destruct device in her National Force uniform and commits suicide. Rogers is shown the event on videotape.[4]

It is later revealed that Sharon's death was faked so she could go on a top secret mission for S.H.I.E.L.D. The mission did not go well, and Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Executive Director, believed her to have been killed in action, and Captain America was not informed of the true circumstances of her "death".[volume & issue needed]

Return[edit]

Sharon is not dead, but has been left behind in enemy territory, a captive of the dictator Tap-Kwai. Escaping, she spends several years working as a mercenary, until she encounters a group of Neo-Nazi extremists known as the Kubecult. Learning that they plan to use the Cosmic Cube to return Adolf Hitler to life, Sharon joins forces with the villainous Red Skull to stop them, but they also need Captain America.[volume & issue needed]

At this point, Rogers is suffering health problems: the Super-Soldier serum that gave him his abilities is breaking down and he has fallen into a coma. As the Red Skull is currently occupying a cloned body of Rogers himself, a transfusion of the Skull's blood—with an uncontaminated Super-Soldier formula— restores and revives Rogers. Rogers is shocked to find Sharon alive.

Over the course of the mission to topple the cult he learns that her years out in the cold have made her grimmer and more ruthless, and the two of them do not renew their relationship when Sharon rejoins S.H.I.E.L.D.[volume & issue needed] Still, a romantic tension exists: Sharon teases him about his naivete, such as when he lets a family of squatters stay in his apartment. The two battle the Red Skull, who possesses a cosmic cube, which can do whatever he wishes. Sharon and Captain America argue about killing the Skull, with Sharon urging Rogers to use an energy-based shield which she had given him. Sharon tries and fails to kill the Red Skull, but the Red Skull is soon defeated through trickery. The energy shield is lost in the time-stream.[volume & issue needed]

Soon afterwards, Sharon assists Captain America in several cases of patriotic Americans going on violent rampages when a supernatural entity named Nightmare finds a way to influence this dimension through the 'American dream'. Sharon and Cap battle many patriotic people, including a temporarily insane U.S. Agent, and ultimately Sharon has to face down an affected Captain America.[5]

21st Century[edit]

During the absence of Nick Fury, Sharon serves a brief term as Executive Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. She returns to field work, reporting directly to The Head of Special Internal Operations - Director Jacob Strzeszewski (Agent 10), and then to the new Sub Executive Director Maria Hill as a liaison officer specifically assigned to support and report on Captain America's activities. While investigating the whereabouts of Jack Monroe, she is abducted by the Winter Soldier and used as bait to lure Captain America into a trap set by General Aleksander Lukin. She and Captain America later resume their relationship while on a field mission investigating the activities of the Winter Soldier.[volume & issue needed]

Sharon is initially a supporter of the Superhuman Registration Act, but she is averse to actually aiding in the capture of her lover, Captain America, who is the leader of the "Secret Avengers" opposed to the Act. At the same time, she is an unknowing pawn of the Red Skull and his associate Doctor Faustus. She later falls into contact with Nick Fury's underground organization, even as she is reassigned to the S.H.I.E.L.D. task force charged with locating Fury. She switches her allegiance to Captain America, citing the death of Goliath as the primary reason; it is unclear how much of this results from Faustus's influence.[volume & issue needed]

In a follow-up in Captain America #25, a sniper shoots Steve Rogers in the shoulder while he walks up the steps to the Federal Court. In the ensuing crowd chaos, Rogers is shot three times in the abdomen with a pistol, and later appears to die of his injuries. It is later revealed that the plan was orchestrated by the Red Skull; the sniper was Crossbones, and Sharon Carter shot Rogers in the abdomen while under a hypnotic suggestion by Dr. Faustus.[volume & issue needed]

Sharon is still under the influence of Doctor Faustus, who uses her to disable Black Widow and Falcon before having her join the Red Skull's organization as a minion. She is apparently pregnant with Rogers's child, but she loses the baby during a fight with the Red Skull's daughter Sin during one of several attempts to escape. Later, Sharon says that she, not Sin, stabbed her womb and caused the miscarriage, to keep the Red Skull from getting his hands on anything of hers. Doctor Faustus makes her forget ever being pregnant, and he also gives her the tools to escape. Sharon frees herself, killing Aleksander Lukin in the process (and narrowly missing killing the Red Skull himself), before being found by Black Widow and the Falcon. Iron Man and Falcon decide to tell her about her pregnancy at a later date, after sufficient recovery time.[6] As a result, Sharon decided to leave S.H.I.E.L.D.[7]

Sharon Carter is featured in the storyline Captain America: Reborn, where she learns that she killed Captain America and plans to figure out a way to revive him.[8] Unfortunately, Norman Osborn also plans to revive Captain America, so that he can complete the Red Skull's plan to transfer his consciousness into Steve's body and have him lead the Avengers to increase his popularity. He frames Sharon as an accomplice in Rogers' murder and threatens to kill the second Captain America if she doesn't turn herself in, which she does.[9] She is brought to Latveria, where she is attached to a machine to bring Rogers back, but with the Red Skull controlling his body. Mr. Fantastic determines that Sharon had chronal tracers in her blood meant to pull Steve to her.[10] She surrenders to Norman Osborn in order to save the life of Bucky (who had already escaped, unbeknownst to her), and she is delivered to the Red Skull and Dr. Doom, who use her to retrieve Steve, with the Skull's mind in control. Sharon ultimately escapes with the help of Henry Pym, and uses the Red Skull's own ship to blow him up. Reconciling with Steve (who was able to assert control over himself), they take some time off at her Virginia estate.[11]

Sharon had been a member of an Avengers team, and the Secret Avengers, in Ed Brubaker's series of the same name.[12]

Sharon appeared to sacrifice herself to stop Arnim Zola's massive flying fortress from invading Earth[13] but she is alive in Zola's captivity and she is found by Falcon and Jet Black.[14]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Sharon is a trained athlete and extremely competent martial artist, adept at various fighting techniques. She is highly trained in espionage, weapons, firearms, and computers.

Other versions[edit]

Ultimate Sharon Carter

In the alternate future of the Earth X miniseries, Sharon Carter has fallen victim to Hydra, a squid-based alien life form that absorbs minds and people to expand.[15]

Sharon Carter is introduced into the Marvel Mangaverse continuity as the supposed orchestrator of the decimation of almost the entirety of the Marvel Mangaverse's superhuman population. She turns out to have been under mind control. She becomes the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. when Nick Fury supposedly dies.[volume & issue needed]

In the Ultimate Marvel continuity, Carter is also an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., but is much closer to the environment of Ultimate Spider-Man. She often appears as one half of a wise-cracking team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, the other half of whom is the Ultimate Jimmy Woo.[16] She can display humor at times, but mostly keeps her mouth shut in public. As seen in Ultimate Spider-Man #46, she is a practicing Christian and has a strong set of morals, most of which point to not wanting S.H.I.E.L.D. to take individuals such as Otto Octavius and 'lock them away for poking', but to destroy them.[17] Carter and Woo survive the Super-Villains escape that occurs in Ultimate Six; Carter is seen next in the Silver Sable arc and Woo in the Hobgoblin arc. Carter is later involved with the Clone Saga arc telling the people evacuated from Peter Parker's neighborhood that all is well, and Agent Woo is later seen in the Death of a Goblin arc, letting Carol Danvers know about the Goblin's most recent murder.[volume & issue needed] By a 2008 storyline, Carter is the acting head of S.H.I.E.L.D.. She asks the Fantastic Four to investigate a confusing situation at Project Pegasus.[18]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

Films[edit]

Emily VanCamp as Agent 13 in a character poster for the 2014 film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Kim Gillingham portrays Sharon in the 1990 film Captain America. In this version she is not a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, but a civilian.
  • Emily VanCamp portrays Sharon Carter / Agent 13 in the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[19][20] Agent 13 is initially tasked by S.H.I.E.L.D. to protect Steve Rogers and goes undercover as a nurse named Kate who lives next door to him. After the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D., she enlists in the CIA. While undercover it is shown there is an attraction between Steve and Sharon though he isn't aware of her relation to Peggy.
  • Emily VanCamp reprises her role in Captain America: Civil War,[21] aiding Captain America throughout the film by providing him with CIA intelligence. She also reveals to Steve that Peggy Carter was her great-aunt, much to his surprise, Sharon also revealing that Peggy was unaware of her assignment as she didn't want to put her aunt in a position where she would have to lie to him. After aiding Steve by providing him with the location of the other Winter Soldiers Sharon and Steve share a kiss.

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Emily VanCamp interview confirms Sharon is Peggy's great-niece
  2. ^ Senreich, Matthew (August 1997). "The Wizard Q&A: Mark Waid & Ron Garney". Wizard (72). pp. 68–72. 
  3. ^ Detora, Lisa (2009). Heroes of film, comics and American culture. McFarland. p. 113. ISBN 978-0-7864-3827-3. 
  4. ^ Captain America #237, Sept. 1979
  5. ^ These events took place in Captain America Volume 3, issues 9–12 (1998), reprinted in the hardcover "Captain America: American Nightmare".
  6. ^ Captain America #41-42. Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ Captain America #43. Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ "Marvel Presents Captain America Reborn!". Marvel.com. Retrieved 2011-01-10. 
  9. ^ Captain America: Reborn #2
  10. ^ Captain America: Reborn #3-4. Marvel Comics.
  11. ^ Captain America: Reborn #5-6. Marvel Comics.
  12. ^ Phegley, Kiel (2010-04-17). "C2E2: Cup O' Joe". Comic Book Resources. 
  13. ^ Captain America Vol. 7 #10
  14. ^ Captain America Vol. 7 #23. Marvel Comics.
  15. ^ Earth X #1 (April 1999). Marvel Comics.
  16. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #11-14. Marvel Comics.
  17. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #46. Marvel Comics.
  18. ^ Ultimate Origins #1-5 (August - December 2008). Marvel Comics.
  19. ^ "'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' filming begins". Marvel. April 8, 2013. Archived from the original on April 8, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  20. ^ Siegel, Lucas (July 20, 2013). "SDCC '13: Marvel Reveals Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians Cast, More". Newsarama. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  21. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (May 6, 2015). "Emily VanCamp Reprising Her Role As Sharon In ‘Captain America: Civil War’". Deadline. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  22. ^ Gerding, Stephen (January 13, 2016). ""ANT-MAN," "CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR" CHARACTERS JOIN "LEGO MARVEL'S AVENGERS"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved January 16, 2016.

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