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Looks Like Captain America: The Winter Soldier Has Found Its Sharon Carter

We were very sad to hear Hayley Atwell say she would not be reprising her role (or taking on another) in Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier but it looks like they may have finally found their female lead. Revenge actress Emily VanCamp is the one, but will she be cast as Sharon Carter or someone else? 

Nothing has been set in stone at this point but all sources are saying the 26-year-old actress is in talks for the female lead. Everyone assumes that particular role will be comic book character Sharon Carter but that’s yet to be confirmed. Carter is the niece of Peggy and is meant to look a lot like her which is why many thought Atwell would be able to take part once again. But it looks like they went in a different direction for the character who’s a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and goes by codename Agent 13.

Interestingly enough, VanCamp was not among the original three names we heard being thrown around for the role. Anna KendrickImogen Poots, and Felicity Jones were being considered for Chris Evans’ love interest in the sequel. Cobie Smulders will be making an appearance and rumors persist Scarlett Johansson will also appear as Black Widow.

VanCamp has had a lot of television luck with long-time roles on Everwood, Brothers & Sisters, and most recently, ABC’s Revenge. What do you think of her playing Sharon Carter?

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Anonymous

    I would have liked it if Steve Rogers had gotten Peggy Carter pregnant and the Black Widow was their granddaughter/great-granddaughter. The super soldier serum would have genetically changed Captain America so that the Black Widow would have inherited this, explaining her extreme physicallity. Her father would have been the Guardian.

  • Anonymous

    Why not? Margot Kidder and Emily VanCamp are both from Canada… Margot Kidder added to the previous Superman cinematic franchise immeasurably with her performance: Emily VanCamp might here, as well if she gets the part…

  • brandon

    Can I ask you a question? What kind of drugs are you smoking.

    If you want to share, no thanks. I’d like to think that my thoughts and theories surrounding the MCU make more sense then yours.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad they didn’t recast Atwell. Awesome as she was as Peggy that would have gotten creepy fast (like the instance in Austin Powers but not played for comedy).
    I also think Black Widow is confirmed to be coming back, right? Johansson gave some interview about her stint on Broadway and confirmed she was coming back for Winter Soldier, I though.

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  • DJRM

    This probably won’t turn out to be the case but I think Emily VanCamp would be much better cast as the Red Skull’s daughter Sin. Of course they would probably have to change her to Red Skull’s granddaughter or something. But then again no one has even mentioned Sin, which is too bad considering that Crossbones has been talked about and how she came back during all the Winter Soldier stuff.

  • Life Lessons

    She’s too young and too skinny, but I bet she will do fine. :)

  • Anonymous

    Well then let’s hear some of your “sensible” thoughts.

  • John Wao

    Synergy in action, Emily Van Camp is on ABC which is also owned by Disney.

  • brandon

    Like the thought that despite popular belief, recasting Atwell as Sharon would have gotten real creepy real fast (like queerjock2 mentioned). That and the thought that I just can’t fathom how you’d want Black Widow to be Steve and Peggy’s daughter. She’s of RUSSIAN origin! And if I remember correctly, she was brought up and trained (at a young age) by a similar super-solder program in Russia (don’t know if that’s the case in the MCU, but we can always speculate). Having her be Captain America’s daughter would have completely and totally ripped away an interesting part of Natasha’s Origin. Plus it just doesn’t sound logical to any marvel fan anyhow (and this is coming from a DC person). I’m all for reinterpreting and re-innovating comic book characters for a new generation (and for the big screen), but that’s not the kind of origin I would want for someone like Black Widow.

    “sensible” enough?

  • Anonymous

    Well, first off I said grand-daughter/great-granddaughter. As for being of Soviet origin that would be very easy. Peggy Carter was an Intelligence person so with the end of WWII and the beginning of the cold war it wouldn’t be hard to imagine her being placed somewhere in the Eastern Bloc. Going undercover and marrying someone of slavic origin would make it easy for her and Steve’s son to be recruited for the USSR’s super-soldier program as the Guardian. His daughter/granddaughter being the Black Widow.

  • brandon

    Eugh. Still doesn’t compute either way. I think I would like for Black Widow to stay Black Widow (AKA: HER OWN CHARACTER WITH HER OWN ORIGIN!).

    Thanks for replying.

  • Brian

    That was two different actors in Austin Powers, though. Mimi Rogers played the mother in both time periods.

  • Allison Wilhelm

    okay, at the risk of sounding like a total bimbo/poser, I have a question. I was under the impression that Bucky Barnes was the winter soldier, not Steve. Is that true or have my sources been all wrong? I even recall reading the back of a Winter Soldier collection and it said Bucky, but maybe I’m remembering wrong. Please don’t jump down my throat if I am, I’m still new to comics >_<

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Yeah, Bucky is. What gave you the impression it was Steve?

  • Allison Wilhelm

    Er, sorry, all the coverage I’d been reading suggested that they were somehow changing that in the movie. Just looked it up, I was mistaken. Going back to my bimbo lair now.

  • Anonymous

    Personally, if she’s truly meant to play Sharon Carter, then it bugs me quite a bit. She looks nothing like Hayley Atwell. Aside from that, I haven’t seen Ms VanCamp act since Everwood, so I couldn’t say if she’d make a good Sharon, looks aside. I keep fearing the Blake Lively/Carol Ferris disaster from Green Lantern…

  • Jim Gordon

    Really? Got any links to those rumors? It would be interesting to see what the rumor mill is cranking out

  • trawler trash.

    I think you missed the past where Cap is a virgin.

  • trawler trash.

    MUCH better choice than any of the other front-runners.