Sharon Carter is making her return to the MCU, and fans are going to see a very different side of her.

MCU veteran Emily VanCamp will reprise her role as Sharon Carter in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. It will be Carter’s first appearance in the MCU since 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

Five-and-a-half years after being blipped out of existence during the event of Avengers: Infinity War, Carter has undergone a personal evolution.

The snippets that showcase her fight scenes alongside Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) hint that her role will be a pivotal one in the series.

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How Has Sharon Carter Changed?

According to VanCamp, you will get to dive into Sharon Carter’s character a little more because there is so much more time in the series vs. a movie. Speaking to Los Angeles Confidential, she said:

One thing I always felt with Sharon Carter was that within these films, you really don’t get to explore the characters as much because you’re trying to tell a story in two hours.

Whereas here we have six [episodes], and I feel like we got to get a little deeper into Sharon’s background. What happened after [Captain America: Civil War]? Where did she go? 

While Carter was a tough agent, she was also portrayed as a woman with a strong moral compass who followed her ethics, even if it meant opposing others.

She was someone with a heart that demanded justice for others, despite knowing she would get into trouble.

When we see her now, she’s a little rough around the edges. She’s been on the run, she’s had to take care of herself, she mentions that in Civil War that she has to disappear for a little while... You can imagine that there’s a little bitterness there.

Malcolm Spellman, who wrote and executive-produced the series, told The AV Club, “... Sharon Carter is going to emerge as a badass. I’d have to use far more inappropriate language to describe how outstanding she is. Let’s just say this: Sharon Carter is all grown up now.”

We can all assume that she won’t be someone as idealistic as she once was.