The relationship of Sharon Carter and Steve Rogers has not been addressed in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. This is because she has other priorities in the show. Sharon has returned to the MCU through the Disney+ show after being absent for a few years. She previously appeared in Captain America: Civil War. She shared a brief kiss with Steve Rogers. But for some reason, the Disney+ series is not touching this part of Sharon’s history in the universe.
Sharon Carter appeared first in Captain America: Winter Soldier. She was an undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent keeping an eye on Steve. After the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., Sharon joined the CIA and became involved with the terrorism group. This is why she was a player in Civil War after the bombing of the U.N. Summit. But her decision to support Captain America made her an enemy of the state. She was forced to go undercover.
Later, Sam and Bucky ran into her Madripoor in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The series had some illustrative scenes as a reminder of what Sharon has been up to after appearing in Civil War. But it has yet to address the kiss between her and Steve witnessed by Bucky and Sam. In an interview with EW, Emily VanCamp said that the series doesn’t touch on this since she has other necessary priorities in the show:
“A really interesting question, and one that we never really touch on in [The Falcon and the Winter Soldier]. And we never really touched on [that] when we were coming back to Sharon and re-developing who she is, so I guess that’s up for interpretation. That wasn’t one of the things we prioritized. I think she’s got bigger fish to fry at this point.”
MCU is never immune to make creative missteps when it comes to romantic connections. The best example is of the Hulk and Black Widow’s brief affair in Avengers: Age of Ultron. That never progressed after the movie. The same applies to Steve and Sharon’s relationship. It was partly fruitless because it was not well-received. Emily VanCamp’s explanation makes sense when it comes to the narrative of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
But outside the franchise, it is possible that Marvel Studios is not interested to revisit this. It is impossible considering the reunion of Steve with Peggy in Avengers: Endgame. Sharon was left in Madripoor after her reunion with Bucky, Sam, and Zemo. It is curious how her story would continue in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. She briefly appeared in the fourth episode. This does not look like she is leaving her present location. She is still branded as an enemy of the state of the U.S. government.
There have been a few claims saying that she might be the secret Power Broker, a character yet to make its physical appearance. Considering that this is the case, we expect her to get more involved while moving forward. Whatever the case is, I am really happy with the fact that Marvel is not using her as a love interest for someone like Bucky. They’ve given her a mysterious angle in the story and that’s more than we could have asked for.
Sharon Carter will return in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier this Friday. Here’s the official synopsis of the series:
Following the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience—in Marvel Studios’ “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.”
Directed by Kari Skogland, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier, Daniel Brühl as Baron Helmut Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, Wyatt Russell as John Walker, Desmond Chiam, Miki Ishikawa, Noah Mills, and Carl Lumbly.