Directors Anthony and Joe Russo are getting the whole Captain America: The Winter Soldier team back together in Altanta for production on Captain America: Civil War, and we're not just talking about Cap, Falcon, Bucky, Black Widow or even writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
Everyone is coming back, including the villainous Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo) - who will complete his transformation into the Marvel Comics character known as Crossbones - and the heroic Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp), who we can only hope will finally be revealed as Sharon Carter.
Deadline has confirmed that Emily VanCamp is returning for Captain America: Civil War after playing a loyal ally to Steve Rogers in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In her debut, VanCamp's character was known as Agent 13 but operated undercover as Rogers' neighbor with the alias "Kate."
Her real role however, is that of Sharon Carter, a key character in Marvel Comics and the niece of Rogers' WWII love interest Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). We suspect since that revelation wasn't covered last time around that it'll finally come into play in Civil War.
After S.H.I.E.L.D. fell against the Hydra incursion in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Sharon Carter was seen joining the CIA. Since S.H.I.E.L.D. is still active however - in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series and briefly in Avengers: Age of Ultron - perhaps she's re-enlisted. This begs the question of what role S.H.I.E.L.D. has to play during and after Civil War and if it's been fully reinstated as a global defense force, rather than the black ops underground unit it's depicted as on TV.
In the comics, the Civil War storyline requires gifted individuals to register with the government (hence, revealing their secret identities if they have them) and in exchange they get employed under the regulated S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. It's a way to hold vigilantes accountable for their actions, which is a very applicable topic for those following along in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (or who watched the events of Age of Ultron unfold). Perhaps this is how S.H.I.E.L.D. returns in the MCU... likely under new leadership as it did in the books (when Tony Stark takes over).
VanCamp is most well-known for her TV work as a supporting character in Brothers & Sisters and for the last four years as the lead in Revenge, which sees its series finale this week! Both shows aired on ABC just like Agents of SHIELD does. That lends VanCamp's Agent 13 to being a perfect character to crossover between the movies and Marvel TV projects, especially if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting its own spinoff next season. The timing and setup is just perfect should Marvel be looking to integrate their ABC programming more with the upcoming Phase 3 movies.
The returning stars of Captain America 2 are joined by members of The Avengers, including Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark, Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther, and other new characters to be played by Daniel Bruhl and Martin Freeman. Stay tuned for more official updates in the near future, including the casting of Peter Parker/Spider-Man!
Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is now in theaters, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.