Could Sharon Carter be the electric go-between?
(This article contains spoilers for Episode 3 of the Marvel Disney+ series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”)
It was interesting to realize that at the end of the third episode “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, we still don’t know what the overall plot is. That’s not a bad thing – Sam and Bucky have a mystery they’re trying to solve. And this mystery has expanded considerably with the introduction of a new player: The Power Broker.
The gist of the main story thread so far on “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is that there’s an anarchist-style group called the Flag Smashers that’s no good – they want to bring back the world as it was after Thanos. snapped half the universe out of existence. How they intend to accomplish this is unknown, but it will likely involve mass murder.
Flag Smashers are also full of people who have taken the Super Soldier Serum and can beat just about anyone. And they also have someone else in their story: Someone they call the Power Broker, whose identity is unknown at this time.
It’s an interesting dynamic, especially when it comes to the Power Broker since we have no idea if that person is good or bad. We really only know one thing about them, actually – that they are the source of the Flag Smasher’s powers.
So in Marvel Comics, the Power Broker is a guy named Curtiss Jackson, and he’s a guy who basically sells people superpowers. This trait is by far the most relevant to “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”. This week in episode three, it was confirmed that the Power Broker is responsible for creating this new super soldier serum derived from the blood of Isaiah Bradley. But who could it be?
There’s really no reason to assume that the Power Broker will be the same person in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” as he is in the comics. He’s a pretty obscure character, and he’s actually been dead in the comics for quite some time and hasn’t had a significant role to play in the stories for decades. So the Power Broker could be anyone, not necessarily Curtiss Jackson.
Beyond the comics, there aren’t many clues to go on. The name first appears at the end of Episode 2 as the Flag Smashers load their last transport of medical supplies onto a small plane – and one of them gets a call that the Power Broker people are the. They scramble to charge as much as they can, but are forced to leave some behind as they take off, barely escaping.
Although one of them does not, the Power Broker’s men shoot him as he stalls. But they didn’t fire until this super-powered terrorist charged at them. So the Power Broker may not feel overtly murderous.
Either way, the Power Broker is mad at the Flag Smashers for stealing the serum, and he wants it back.
So there are not many good candidates. Zemo would have been the most obvious candidate, simply because he’s an existing villain. But that doesn’t really fit with his whole case. Back in “Civil War”, he wanted to know more about the other Winter Soldiers – others who had been subjected to some version of the serum – just so he could kill them. Zemo doesn’t like super powerful people, and now he’s helping our heroes specifically because he wants to destroy this new serum.
Besides, he’s been locked up since the last time we saw him, so he has an alibi.
So with him out there are two main candidates in my opinion.
The first, and least likely I think, is Batroc the Leaper. He’s the guy leading the crew that Sam fought on the plane in the opening sequence of ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ premiere, and a minor returning character from ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. His entire deal in that aerial mission last week is still unclear, so he’s a prime candidate for the Power Broker.
But I think it’s more likely that he’s just working for the Power Broker. I think the real Power Broker is someone we know better than we know Batroc, and who just appeared in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” this week: Sharon Carter.
While there’s certainly a nasty air to it when people say that title out loud, it’s important to remember that it was the Flag Smashers – clear antagonists after blowing up a building this week – who were afraid of them. The Power Broker is definitely an independent third party and may not be a villain – and I certainly don’t think Sharon will be a villain.
Sharon as Power Broker makes sense to me in light of, well, everything we’ve learned about what’s happened with her since we last saw her in ‘Civil War’ . She was branded a traitor like everyone else on #TeamCap, but I guess no one ever thought to watch her after the Avengers reunion in “Infinity War”.
“Avengers: Endgame” showed us that the Avengers at least believed that Sharon was caught on camera – she was one of the faces on the Avengers HQ screens listing missing persons – which would mean she accomplished a lot in the months since the Hulk brought everyone back into existence. So if she can create some sort of black market art organization, then she’s probably capable of so much more.
This business, his huge house, and his armed guards are all potential clues – it wouldn’t be shocking for someone who has a “broker” in their name to have an illicit art business. And you would absolutely expect a crime boss to have an extremely nice house with a group of guards.
If it’s not Sharon, then surely it would have to be a character we already know either from earlier in this series or from a previous MCU movie. At this point, it would be strange to introduce someone completely new, since we only have three episodes of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” left.