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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently comprised of an ever-growing roster of movies, Netflix series, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. The events of the Marvel movies have impacted the events of S.H.I.E.L.D. in some pretty huge ways over the years, and we've even gotten to see some big screen MCU actors reprise their roles on the small screen. Now, a Captain America actress has revealed that she could have been included in earlier seasons of S.H.I.E.L.D. Emily VanCamp, who plays Sharon Carter, had this to say about appearing on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
With Marvel, they can give you a call the day before you shoot. You don't know what's going on with their movies because they're very secretive. I think it was discussed, but I was working on Revenge at the time.
Emily VanCamp first appeared in the MCU as Agent Sharon Carter in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Sharon survived the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. and went on to join the C.I.A., and it was in her capacity as a C.I.A. operative that she was able to help Steve Rogers in Captain America: Civil War. As a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent (and the great-niece of Peggy Carter herself), Sharon could have fit right in on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. If we could have Nick Fury and Phil Coulson and Maria Hill, why not Sharon Carter?
Well, it seems that Emily VanCamp's commitments to ABC's Revenge kept her occupied during the period of time when Sharon Carter could have been incorporated into the show. Revenge came to an end on ABC back in 2015, but she has been plenty busy with other projects in the years since. It seems that Sharon Carter on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. simply wasn't meant to be.
Of course, given Emily VanCamp's comments to Deadline about Marvel's levels of secrecy, she could very well reprise the role of Sharon Carter in a future Marvel project, even if she doesn't know it yet herself. The upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie sounds like it's already packed with just about as many characters as it could possibly take, but the MCU isn't going anywhere, and Sharon Carter didn't die in Captain America: Civil War. She could always come back, whether in a movie or a TV show.
That said, Emily VanCamp could be busy with a non-Marvel project for the foreseeable future. She won a major role on Antoine Fuqua's upcoming medical drama on Fox, called The Resident. If all goes well with the new show, she might not have time for much else, especially if Marvel would need her to drop everything to film immediately. We can only wait and see.