The MCU has given some amazing moments over the years to the fans. Some has landed as intended while others can be relegated to a writer’s fever dream realized. But when it comes to Captain America of the Infinity Saga, his kiss with Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) is still contentious among most fans.
While some have blocked the image completely from their brains, others do not understand why it happened at all. There are also those who are indifferent as well as welcoming towards the relationship setup between Sharon and Captain. But the backlash was fierce and long lasting. It came as a surprise to everyone involved in making the scene.
Emily VanCamp said she and everyone from the film were surprised due to the strong reaction of the fans. She loved making the film but understanding the dismay of the fans took a little time for everyone involved. Emily also mentioned how the they felt the scene made sense at the moment while also mentioning how her character has gone from the righteous days of Civil War to murky waters in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Emily VanCamp Talks Civil War Sharon and Steve Kiss and the Backlash that Followed
Before The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Emily VanCamp appeared in two MCU movies. We were introduced to Sharon Carter in Captain America: Winter Soldier. She was a SHIELD agent planted as Steve Rogers‘ neighbor and someone who was put up as a romantic partner by Black Widow for Steve to take out.
When Fury is assassinated by the Winter Soldier her true identity is revealed and Steve is taken aback by the receipt. But by the end of the movie she refuses to side with Hydra and follows “Captain‘s Orders” to try and stop the launch. While her fight with Rumlow was the last time we saw her in the Captain America sequel, the actress was not done with the franchise.
In the third Captain America installment, Civil War, Sharon Carter was back this time as a CIA agent. As SHIELD disintegrated at the end of Winter Soldier, she was taken in by the clandestine agency. She was at the UN headquarter after Winter Soldier was framed to have bombed the building. With Captain and his friends at odds with the findings she assists the people she trusts.
Sharon helps Captain get his shield and Sam get his wings which results in her also going on the run. But that did not happen until she managed to steal a kiss from the 100-year-old super soldier. The kiss under the bridge was a culmination of two movie worth of setup for Steve to have a romantic connection. It was a sweet moment, or it was intended to be a sweet moment, but most fans did not think along the same lines.
The kiss between Sharon and Captain received backlash in some corners of the fanbase. It was considered to be an unnecessary development for Captain and considering how Steve’s story was tied up, we need to agree. Still, at that moment, Sharon and Captain seemed like a good idea and that is what the actress and most of the cast and crew thought.
In an interview with Variety Emily VanCamp said about the kiss, “There was quite a bit of backlash about that. With Sharon, it was always trying to fit her in and these movies are just too big, and it’s completely understandable.”
“I mean, look, you have to laugh. Some of these storylines play and some of them don’t. But, you know, I thought that was an amazing film. It’s just one of those things,” Emily explained about the backlash. And she considers all of those moments has lead to the development of Sharon as a character that is independent of Captain.
Emily VanCamp continued, “To get to see who she’s become over this long period of time, and independent of Captain America as we know him, is really interesting to me. The intrigue for me was to see who is Sharon now.” In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Sharon is a disillusioned person who has left her trusting and considerate side behind.
After she was not pardoned by the US government for her involvement leading to the airport fight between the Avengers, Sharon ended up in Madripoor. An island nation without any law or rules, the city is ran under the thumb of the Power Broker and there seem to be some ambiguous connection between Sharon and Power Broker.
So, from a spy to a person living in a lawless nation, selling famous art is quite the fall for the character. Sharon Carter has finally become an intriguing character in a MCU production, and not just a romantic plant for the lead character. It all seems to have worked out perfectly for Sharon as well as Emily VanCamp.
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