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Emily VanCamp knows better than to give too much away when discussing the new Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
After all, she understands all too well how hush-hush the Marvel Cinematic Universe can be. The moment Emily first penned her contract to portray the fierce S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sharon Carter in the 2014 flick Captain America: The Winter Solider, she saw very quickly just how far the superhero franchise will go to keep anyone from spoiling anything.
"When I first signed on, I didn't know who I was playing," Emily recalls to Good Housekeeping about auditioning for Marvel Studios. "I had an idea, but you know, everything is so secretive ... You've got to sort of be ready for anything."
Quickly adapting to her environment was a must in the beginning for Emily, who was not a big Marvel comics person before joining the MCU and was promptly given a "Sharon Carter bible" to study once landing the role. This book was filled with every single comic that her character had been a part of up until present day. She had to learn all the different versions of her character as well as the various personas of other characters, and from there bring something unique to the screen. It was a lot of fun, of course, but definitely "overwhelming."
"You want to do these characters justice and certainly want to know what you're talking about," Emily explains.
And so, she is careful to discuss any specific plot points when it comes to Sam (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) in the new six-episode series, which she also stars in. But here's what she will tell you — for one, The Falcon and the Winter Solider won't be much like what we've seen most recently from the MCU. In other words, a far departure from the trippy world created in WandaVision.
"Though I have yet to begin WandaVision, I would say The Falcon and the Winter Solider is a much more straightforward, action-packed, adventure story," she explains. "Because there is so much more time in the series vs. a movie, you get to delve into Sam and Bucky's characters a little bit more. They have such an amazing dynamic together and getting to know those characters on a deeper level is really lovely to see."
That said, like WandaVision, the six episodes are all building toward a climax that will ultimately leave fans with both questions and answers.
"The whole point is to keep people guessing," she clarifies. "But the overall theme is a really beautiful one and a really timely one. I think that people are going to connect with [it] on a very deep level."
As for Sharon, her own character, fans may be surprised to see a new version of her emerge. After the agent faded to dust following Thanos (Josh Brolin)'s snap in Avengers: Infinity War, Sharon is coming into this series as a different person — someone who isn't quite as idealistic as she once was.
"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, and I think here we get a little sense of what she's been up to and how she's had to fend for herself and make her own way in this new world," Emily reveals. "It's a very, very different Sharon ... You can imagine that there's a little bitterness there."
She continues to clarify that her "bitterness" is derived from surviving in a challenging world after disappearing, not so much from her lack of closure with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), who decides to travel back to 1949 to be with Sharon's great aunt Peggy at the end of Avengers: Endgame. According to Emily, that lack of closure is "never addressed," though it could possibly feed into Sharon's outlook in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
"Would I say there's a ton of closure for Sharon? No, not really," she declares. "But then again, does anyone ever get closure in these movies and TV shows?"
A fair point. But will Sharon's story continue beyond The Falcon and the Winter Solider? That information, of course, is under lock and key, and even if Emily knew the answer, she's keeping it as a "we'll see" for now.
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