‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Almost Had ‘Captain America’ Crossover With Emily VanCamp
It’s been several seasons since Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. made effort to feature any cinematic characters, but one missed opportunity could have set up some intriguing Captain America ties. Emily VanCamp was at one point supposed to appear on S.H.I.E.L.D. as Agent 13/Sharon Carter, but missed out over scheduling conflicts.
VanCamp herself shared the tidbit at the TCA press tour’s Everwood reunion panel, in the process declining to state whether Sharon Carter would factor into Avengers: Infinity War. A few years back, VanCamp seemed accessible to S.H.I.E.L.D. as a fellow ABC star (so was Sebastian Stan, once upon a time), but the actress’ very gig prevented her from reprising the Marvel role:
With Marvel, they can give you a call the day before you shoot. You don’t know what’s going on with their movies because they’re very secretive … I think [an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. appearance] was discussed, but I was working on Revenge at the time.
Let’s unravel that for a moment. ABC’s Revenge ended in May 2015, one year after VanCamp’s Agent 13 debuted (undercover) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so presumably the character was eyed for S.H.I.E.L.D. at some point between the sequel’s April 2014 release, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2’s May 2015 finale. Season 2 is perhaps more likely, as Agents’ first season was radically upended by Winter Soldier’s Hydra revelation, the fallout of which lasted longer than VanCamp’s role in the film.
That said, a Season 2 appearance wouldn’t have been able to play with 13/Sharon’s relationship to Peggy Carter, which wasn’t formally revealed until Captain America: Civil War in 2016. Were the character to appear on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it might also raise the question of Marvel’s TV branch treating the organization as up-and-running, where the films pay it no mind.
We still have a full Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 to look forward to any MCU crossover, but would Sharon Carter have been a natural fit for the series?