As 2020 comes to an end, fans are surely excited because the new year will finally bring the highly anticipated Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, to Disney's exclusive streaming platform.
Despite the show's original release window of August 2020, and the inevitable delay that was a result of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, not much is known about the plot of the series or the whereabouts of many of its characters before or during the show's timeline.
One character in particular, Sharon Carter, hasn't been seen since she aided Captain America in his fight against the Sokovia Accords in 2016's Captain America: Civil War. Assuming that government officials were able to piece together that Carter was the one to help Cap and Falcon get their gear back, it's safe to assume that she's been on the run for some time now (that is, if she hasn't already been apprehended).
Recently leaked promotional artwork for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier seems to confirm this notion, but a new report on the character's potential status gives fans a whole different perspective on just what exactly Sharon Carter has been doing for the past few years.
Casey Walsh (@TheComixKid on Twitter), aka the Editor In Chief for Geeks WorldWide, shared that an early draft of the script for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier included a narrative shift for Sharon Carter, saying that she would be "becoming Captain Britain" in the MCU, "as a tribute to her late aunt," Peggy Carter.
Walsh goes on to say that Marvel Studios has been "looking for a way to add this character" to the MCU, but "doubts this (concept) made it to the final version" of the script for the series, as it "doesn't make much sense for an American to don (the Captain Britain) alias."
The full tweet can be seen below:
As promised— KC “Santa was a Mushroom” Walsh - BLM (@TheComixKid) December 10, 2020
Early drafts of F&TWS feat. Sharon Carter becoming Captain Britain as a tribute to her Aunt, doubt this made it to the final version, as it doesn’t make much sense for an American to don this alias but it sounds like they r looking for a way to add this character pic.twitter.com/0kXmBO48vq
WHAT THIS MEANS
It certainly is odd that Sharon Carter would even be considered to take up the mantle of Captain Britain, as Walsh points out that she's from the other side of the Atlantic. However, with her Aunt Peggy's strong British roots, it's not the most outlandish idea to consider. Plus, with how much Sharon looks up to Peggy, it makes sense that she would do whatever she could to honor Peggy Carter in her steps to becoming her own hero.
Many fans have expressed their disappointment in Marvel Studios' lack of use of Emily VanCamp's character in recent years. If anything, though, it's encouraging to hear that Marvel Studios considered this role for S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Agent 13, as this is a good indication that they intend on keeping Carter around for at least a little while longer and potentially for something bigger down the road.
With as many changes that are being made to the Avengers' roster post-Avengers: Endgame, it's fun to speculate on how will take on what role on the updated team. If Sharon Carter can find a way to wiggle her way into the band of heroes and fight alongside the likes of Yelena Belova's Black Widow and Kate Bishop's Hawkeye, then fans might begin to see that play out in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier when it drops in early 2021 (fingers crossed).