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Marvel Expert Reveals What's In Store For Sharon Carter Post-Falcon And Winter Soldier

Contains spoilers for "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier"

As if "WandaVision" hadn't just given Marvel Cinematic Universe fans a feast, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" arrived just a week after its predecessor's finale to deliver even more revelations. The series provided more insight into Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), stunned fans with the appearance of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, and even offered some comedic relief courtesy of Baron Zemo's (Daniel Brühl) night out at the club

But that's not all: "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" also brought back an important MCU supporting player who hadn't been seen since "Captain America: Civil War," and set her up for an intriguing narrative arc.

Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) came into the MCU with big shoes to fill. After all, she's the grand-niece of one of the franchise' most iconic heroes, SHIELD co-founder Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). When she returned for "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," though, Sharon more than stepped out of her great-aunt's shadow. In the series finale, Carter is revealed to be none other than the mysterious Power Broker, who operates as the leader of the lawless city-state of Madripoor. The finale left viewers with a number of questions about the character, her motivations, and where we might see her pop up next.

In order to get some expert speculation on the subject, Looper reached out to actor and avid Marvel Comics and MCU fan Rio Rocket. He's not just any fan, though: Rocket is the creator of the first-ever complete MCU chronology, so when it comes to speculation about what might come next for any given character, he's the one to turn to.

Here's what Rocket had to say about Sharon Carter, and what her future might hold.

How The Falcon and the Winter Soldier set Sharon Carter up in a unique position

As far as Rio Rocket sees things, Sharon Carter's run in "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" re-introduced her as a major force to be reckoned with. "Re-appearing in Episode 3 'Power Broker' of 'The Falcon and Winter Solider,' Sharon is finally acknowledged as a real player in the game," he explained to Looper, adding that Sharon has "come a long way since 'Winter Soldier.'"

Rocket described Carter's role in the series as "crucial ... to Sam and Bucky's achieving their goal." He also pointed out another important detail: "Sharon, showing disdain for American now, has clearly embraced the fugitive lifestyle while accumulating a mass amount of wealth and resources in the process."

That wealth of resources is one of the things that now sets Sharon apart from other players in the MCU. "When Sam asks her if she has any more tricks in her bag, she tells him she may or may not have access to a satellite or two. How many other characters in a story have access to a satellite, or two? Not many, if at all," explained Rocket. He went on to describe her assets as being "Stark-like," and said that it's "impressive no matter how you choose to view her at this point."

So, what can fans expect Sharon to do next with all the resources at her disposal? According to Rocket, Sharon's continued success as a shadowy operator could spell trouble for some of the franchise's heroes.

What the future could hold for Sharon Carter

The finale of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" featured some shocking revelations about Sharon Carter. Not only was she revealed to be the Power Broker, but a mid-credits scene also saw her being pardoned and reinstated as an agent, only to call a contact back in Madripoor with the promise to sell the government secrets she now has access to.

"Sharon's not to be taken lightly in any regard. She's also well connected now in both the U.S. and Madripoor with her own agenda with a knack for popping up where least expected and a hunger for power," Rio Rocket told Looper. "Expect this trend with Sharon to continue into the next phase of Marvel films as her character continues to develop."

As for exactly how that might translate going forward, Rocket dug into the world of Marvel Comics for some possible answers. "It appears that Marvel is bringing the MCU Sharon Carter closer to her Earth-616 counterpart," he noted. "For those unfamiliar with her comic book variant, Sharon found herself being used as a pawn of Doctor Faustus and the Red Skull and was hypnotized by Faustus' into shooting and killing Captain America."

If you think that sounds like trouble, you're not wrong. Rocket further explained, "That means Sam Wilson and John Walker may unknowingly have targets on their back."

And as for where you can expect Sharon Carter to pop up next, Rocket predicted, "I see her having an active role in [the upcoming Disney+ series] 'Secret Invasion' as a central character in the story."

Whether Sharon Carter ends up working for Doctor Faustus and starring alongside Emilia Clarke in "Secret Invasion" remains to be seen. In any case, keep your eyes on this crafty character, as she's clearly in a position to be a major force within the MCU going forward.