Sharon Carter, played by Emily VanCamp, has been dealt a losing role in the Captain America films, which instead of focusing on Steve and his relationships with anyone except Bucky are overloaded with other Marvel heroes.
Agent 13 first appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as Steve’s S.H.I.E.L.D. handler, and the woman on the inside when the agency was taken over by Hydra and disintegrated. It wasn’t until Captain America: Civil War, released in May 2016, that Sharon Carter’s relationship with Steve was made prevalent to fans, and when it did, it was quite disappointing.
Other than her scene at her aunt Peggy’s funeral, she was pushed to the background. Again. Her scene with Steve that led to the still-shown kiss in the latter half of the film was cut, leaving the scene exposed and out-of-place.
Emily VanCamp, better known for her time on ABC’s Revenge, already can play the role of a duplicitous person on a mission. Unlike Emily Thorne, Sharon Carter works for the side of the greater good, and she’s not a sociopath living with such a dark soul.
Carter is an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and she’s gone against her agency when needed to help with whatever she felt was right. Descended from the founder of the agency, Peggy Carter, Sharon needs to escape the shadow her aunt left for her in the films and be able to stand on her own. With or without Steve.
Perhaps she’d be a good addition to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but even better would be her own television series. With Agent Carter getting the ax, both by ABC and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sharon Carter’s time to shine is now.
We need another strong female leader to take the reigns of her own series and save the day. Coulson rules his show, basically drowning out all of the badass ladies, so another series would be the best place for Carter to undergo operations and explore life as an agent of espionage.
Moving away from the films to television seems to be the best move for this vastly underdeveloped character that can’t seem to get more than five minutes of screen time after already being construed as the love interest. The films have gotten so focused on jamming each one with as many heroes as possible that the people behind the scenes, S.H.I.E.L.D., have basically vanished altogether.