SPOILER WARNING: This story discusses events from Season 1, Episode 3 of Disney Plus’ “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”
The last time Emily VanCamp appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sharon Carter, she was illegally aiding Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War” — and stealing a kiss from him for good measure. Sharon’s actions force her to go on the run; she doesn’t return for either “Avengers: Infinity War” or “Avengers: Endgame.” VanCamp never expected she’d appear in the MCU again.
While shooting the Fox medical series “The Resident,” however, the 34-year-old got a call asking if she was interested in reprising Sharon Carter in the Disney Plus series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” starring her “Civil War” compatriots Anthony Mackie (as Sam Wilson) and Sebastian Stan (as Bucky Barnes).
“Marvel, when they call, you always answer,” VanCamp says.
In 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Civil War,” Sharon is an idealistic young agent who is always keen to do the right thing — she’s the niece of S.H.I.E.L.D. (and Marvel) legend, agent Peggy Carter, after all. But when we meet her again on Episode 3 of “FAWS,” titled “Power Broker,” Sharon is a changed woman. She thinks nothing of gunning down a series of goons when she swoops in to Sam and Bucky’s rescue in the (fictional) lawless island nation of Madripoor, where Sharon’s been holed up since “Civil War.” She scoffs at Sam’s idealism, telling him, “You know the whole hero thing is a joke, right?” She lives in a posh penthouse that doubles as a showcase for major stolen art. And she is curiously well-connected within Madripoor’s network of villainy, so much so that some began to speculate that Sharon could be the as-yet-unidentified Big Bad of the season, the Power Broker.
Understandably, VanCamp couldn’t outright spoil whether Sharon is indeed the mastermind behind the sudden proliferation of super soldiers on “FAWS.” But she did have some revealing insights into her character, as well as what it was like to return to the MCU after so many years away.
Emily was on the US morning show Good Morning America earlier today to promote “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier”. Episode 3 (“Power Broker”) is out today on Disney+ and spoiler alert: Sharon is back! Watch Emily discuss the show and more below.
Emily will be a guest on Good Morning America on Friday, April 2nd to promote “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier”. The show airs weekdays from 7 AM to 9 AM ET on ABC. If you’ve seen the first two episodes of TFATWS so far, you’ll know that Emily’s character, Sharon Carter, has yet to appear. However, with Em scheduled to do press, it’s a good chance that Sharon will show up in episode 3. Fingers crossed she does!
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Emily VanCamp (Emily Thorne / Amanda Clarke)
Josh Bowman (Daniel Grayson)
Nick Wechsler (Jack Porter)
Barry Sloane (Aiden Mathis)
Connor Paolo (Declan Porter)
Karine Vanasse (Margaux LeMarchal)
Margarita Levieva (Amanda Clarke)
Hi, everyone! If you missed the virtual launch event for “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” that premiered earlier today, don’t worry. The video is available for playback on the official Marvel YouTube channel. I’ve embedded it below for easy access. Emily comes in around the 11:27 minute mark.
I’ve also added 170 screen captures of Emily from the event to the gallery:
With ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,’ the actress adds another sure-to-be smash to her resume.
VanCamp never expected to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “I came into the process very late in the game — I don’t think anyone thought of me,” she recalls of her first audition for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, back in early 2013. “To me, it was a long shot and I didn’t think it was going to happen. Then I got the call that they wanted to move forward with me, and I was just delighted.”
It’s been eight years, and 14 Marvel movies, since. On Friday, the actress will reprise her role as Sharon Carter for the third time in the new Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Marvel’s second foray into streaming series, following this year’s smash hit Wandavision. The show will be Carter’s first appearance in the MCU since 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and picks up where we last found the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent: on the run.
Speaking over the phone a few days before the show’s premiere, VanCamp says that she first got the pitch for the show back in 2019. “The answer is always yes,” she says. “[With MCU], you’re not sitting around holding your breath, because there are so many moving parts, especially with streaming now. You never know where they want to slot you in to these big stories and ideas. It’s always fun when you do get the call.”
“It’s bananas,” she continues. “It’s like the gift that keeps on giving. These characters are so much fun, and everyone involved is incredible. You feel like you’re a part of this big ol’ family.” As a veteran of the franchise, VanCamp is well-versed in the act of talking about her latest project without talking too much about her latest project. Here’s what she can share for now: “This time around we get to see another side of her, and that made it even more interesting,” she says. “Sam and Bucky are characters that are really loved in the universe but never got that much screen time, so exploring their relationship and dynamic is really nice to watch.”
A television mainstay since her teens, Emily VanCamp’s career has been marked by multiseason runs on “Everwood,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Revenge,” and “The Resident.” Now, she’s reprising a familiar role—Sharon Carter—for Disney+’s latest Marvel series, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” offering audiences a glimpse into what the former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been up to since 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War.”
As a kid, you studied ballet. When did you pivot from dance to acting?
I was studying ballet in Montreal, and I started taking an acting class for fun on the weekends. It just became my safe zone, the thing that I looked forward to every week. Ballet became this rigorous training and stopped feeling so much like a creative process and more like a job, whereas this acting class that I was going to, I felt vibed every time I left. I got an agent and started doing little things in Montreal. Then, once I realized that I could actually do it for a living, it just was so clear. When you’re young, especially, big life decisions are much easier because there’s less at stake. I just decided that was it with ballet. I wanted to focus all my energy on acting.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Especially when I was younger, I had a tendency to be incredibly hard on myself. That can be really limiting. Looking back as a grown-up now, I would say: Stop being so hard on yourself! Let yourself play; let yourself fail. Those are the most important things in any creative environment—or, really, anything you put your mind to. You have to allow yourself to fail. I had this very bad relationship with failure, and probably still do, to an extent, but I recognize it now…. That’s all part of starting really young, too. You have to learn and grow through the process. In a sense, that’s your experience [and] your schooling. For me, it was learning on the job constantly and just trying to grow.
Emily was a guest on the podcast “Happy Sad Confused” hosted by Josh Horowitz. The episode was released today on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. I’ve embedded both players below but a note that it IS the same episode – just on different platforms for you all in case you have a preference. Em comes in around the 8:00 minute mark. From then on, it’s a glorious 40 minute interview in which she talks her early years, how she came to be in the MCU, her comfort movies, and much more. It was super lovely to listen to. Check it out below!
It sounds funny to call a young actor like Emily VanCamp a television veteran but a quick glance at her IMDB proves it! She’s wracked up hundreds of hours of television and she’s just getting started. On this, her first visit to the podcast, she talks about her journey with Marvel, from landing the role of Sharon Carter to her return on “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”. Plus she goes deep on her favorite comfort movie, one of Nancy Meyer’s best, “It’s Complicated”!