Sharon Carter has a huge impact in the Marvel series finale (Picture: Marvel Studios/Disney/Eli Adé)
Warning: major spoilers ahead for episode six of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
The episode six finale of Marvel’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier on Disney Plus left fans in a state of awe, as Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) finally took flight as Captain America and the identity of the Power Broker was revealed… before an intriguing post-credits scene.
After returning to the US to seemingly help Sam and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) in their fight against anti-patriotism group the Flag-Smashers, former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) finds herself in a face-off against the Flag-Smashers leader Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) and mercenary Georges Batroc (Georges St-Pierre).
Before Georges emerges from the shadows, Karli confirms that Sharon is the Power Broker, who she and her organisation stole the super-soldier serum from on the fictional island of Madripoor.
After discovering Sharon’s true identity, Georges attempts to blackmail her into paying him more money so that he won’t tell the world her secret.
But Sharon isn’t intimidated by his threat, shooting him dead before later fatally shooting Karli.
Sharon helped Sam and Bucky out when they came to Madripoor (Picture: Marvel Studios/Disney/Chuck Zlotnic)
Sam and Bucky have no idea of the truth that was spilled, still under the impression that Sharon is fighting on their side.
But as the post-credits scene reveals, Sharon has other plans up her sleeve.
What does the Falcon and Winter Soldier finale post-credits scene mean?
In the Falcon and The Winter Soldier finale post-credits scene, Sharon stands at a podium at a governmental hearing.
The government official running proceedings (Alphie Hyorth) tells her that ‘on behalf of the United States intelligence community, I’d like to offer you and your family our sincerest apologies’.
‘The Carter name has always been synonymous with service and trust,’ he says, in reference to Sharon’s aunt Peggy Carter, also known as Agent Carter and a founding member of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Sharon’s aunt is the legendary Peggy Carter (Picture: Marvel Studios/Jay Maidment)
‘Today we begin to set things right. We begin to pay some of the debt that is owed to you,’ he states.
Sharon says that she’s ‘been waiting to hear those words for a long time’, before being told that she is being offered a ‘full pardon’ after previously being on the run from the US law.
‘There may be an opening in your old division. Is that something you would be interested in?’ the government official says, to which she replies: ‘It would be my honour.’
In a final kick in the teeth for fans of the valiant original Agent Carter, he says: ‘Welcome home Agent Carter.’
As Sharon exits the building – aptly wearing a power suit – she makes a call, telling the person on the other end that they should get their buyers prepared as they’re soon going to have ‘full access to government secrets, prototype weapons, you name it’.
Was Sharon’s Power Broker identity hinted at all along? (Picture: Courtesy of Marvel Studios/Disney)
The post-credits scene sets Sharon up as a possible villain to watch in the MCU going forward, a far-cry from where she started as one of Captain America’s closest allies in Captain America: Winter Soldier.
It indicates that just like in the second Captain America film, when it was discovered that Hydra had been operating within S.H.I.E.L.D. for decades, a new powerful entity is soon going to be infiltrating the US government.
There has been speculation that Falcon and The Winter Soldier may return for a second season, although many fans are hoping it will be named Captain America and The Winter Soldier if this happens.
Given the Marvel series has been submitted at this year’s Emmy Awards in the Drama category rather than as a limited series, unlike WandaVision, people believe this is a sign that the story will continue in future.
Will Sam and Bucky have to go up against their old friend in a second season? When will they find out who she really is?
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is available to watch on Disney Plus.
Credit: Original article published here.