Monday, July 26, 2021

‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ Episode 5 “Truth”: So … About Sharon Carter’s Suspicious Phone Conversation

Alright Sharon Carter, we’re on to you.

Emily VanCamp’s Sharon Carter was a welcome return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the hit miniseries The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. The last time we saw her was in Captain America: Civil War, in which she helped Team Cap get back Steve Rogers’ shield and Sam’s wings.

In episode 3 of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, “Power Broker,” we learned that Sharon unfortunately found herself in hot water after Civil War, and she wasn’t afforded the same level of protection as her friends in the Avengers. Unbeknownst to them, she swiftly disappeared off-the-grid and resurfaced in Madripoor. From there, she went on to make a living as a dealer of stolen artwork. After assisting Sam, Bucky, and Zemo with their bounty hunter and Dr. Nagel issues, Sharon went back to going about her own business, left only with a promise from Sam that he would help get her pardoned.

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This version of Sharon Carter is quite different from the Agent 13 that we met in the films, as she’s now sporting a jaded and hardened attitude toward superheroes, amongst other things. However, beyond that, there’s also been a suspicious air around her that hasn’t quite been explained in the show yet. We’ve seen her incredibly convenient and quite powerful satellite connections and the heavy security that she seems to command, but what does it all mean? Well, one answer is that it means nothing and we’re clearly overthinking it. However, today’s episode, “Truth,” contained a very interesting phone conversation between Sharon and a certain somebody that changes the game entirely.

If you watch with subtitles, the person on the other end of the line for this conversation was clearly identified — Georges Batroc. During their conversation, Sharon told him that she has a job for him. She then proceeded to tell him that if it wasn’t for her, he’d still be rotting away in an Algerian prison, and she can give him double this time.

What’s the job? Well, Georges just so happened to meet up with the Flag Smashers at the end of the episode. He gave them a case of what appeared to be weapons of some sort, and based on their conversation it seems that Georges plans to take out Sam Wilson, whereas the Flag Smashers want to stop the GRC vote and also enact revenge on John Walker.

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So now we know that Georges has not only worked for Sharon before, but she has enough power to spring him from prison as well. And all this talk of power sure begs the question of one identity we’re dying to find out … the Power Broker. Someone that we know has a bone to pick with the Flag Smashers after they stole what ended up being the last remaining vials of the Super Soldier serum.

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One of the latest promos released for the series this past week included a brief snippet of another scene with Sharon that we’ve yet to see, so all will reveal itself in due time … hopefully.

The finale of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will premiere exclusively on Disney+ next Friday, April 23. In the meantime, make sure to follow along with our episodic recaps, reviews, theories, and more, as well as our recent interview with series composer Henry Jackman.

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Lindsey
Lindsey joined the Nerds and Beyond team in 2018. She has spent a large portion of her life dedicated to her first love, photography. When she's not behind the camera, she's likely reading books and comics or dabbling in creative writing. Otherwise, she's probably yelling about something Star Wars or Marvel related on Twitter @lindyysolo. Contact: lindsey@nerdsandbeyond.com

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