S.H.I.E.L.D. field agent; formerly head of S.H.I.E.L.D., mercenary
Place of Birth
Harrison Carter (father), Amanda Carter (mother), Margaret "Peggy" Carter (aunt)
Formerly Secret Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D., Femme Force (leader), National Force
Sharon is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant, martial artist, athlete,
and markswoman; she is a highly trained espionage agent and an expert
with weapons and computers.
Sharon Carter grew up hearing the stories of her Aunt Peggy's adventures in the French Resistance alongside Captain America. Therefore, being inspired by these stories, Sharon eventually joined the newly-formed espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. During an early mission against HYDRA, Sharon (now code-named "Agent 13") was attacked by the mercenary Batroc the Leaper. During the attack, Captain America showed up to aid Carter. Afterward, Agent 13 and Captain America worked alongside each other on several future missions against A.I.M., the Red Skull,
and more. (To learn about the above highlighted characters and/or teams, just click on their highlighted names.)
After more missions, S.H.I.E.L.D. allowed Agent 13 to reveal her real identity to Captain America. Soon after, the two began a romantic relationship.
At one point, Sharon Carter briefly helped form and lead S.H.I.E.L.D.'s so-called Femme Force (an all-women squad of commandos). Shortly thereafter, Sharon resigned
from S.H.I.E.L.D. to take a vacation and spend more time with Steve
Rogers. (To learn about the Femme Force, click on the highlighted name above.)
Later on, Agent 13 was assigned as liaison to the NYPD while investigating the
terrorist organization known as the National Force. During a rally in Central Park, Carter fell to the affects of mind-influencing gases, and and was abducted with the others by the National Force's Grand Director. Then Carter, along with others, were coerced into marching on Harlem
to burn it down. However, when confronted by the National Guard, Carter apparently activated a self-destruct device in her costume and was believed
incinerated with other members of the rally. Thus, leaving Captain America grieving her death. However, Agent 13's death was a actually a ruse by S.H.I.E.L.D., so that she could be sent on
a top-secret mission. However, something went wrong, and S.H.I.E.L.D. also believed that Agent 13 had died and she was left abandoned behind enemy lines. (To learn about the National Force and/or the Grand Director, click on the highlighted names above. Note: Beware of the low-cut outfit worn by someone in the background of Nick Fury's bio page.)
Over the next few months, Sharon had been abandoned in enemy territory and was imprisoned under the dictatorship of Tap-Kwai. At one point, Carter finally
escaped and spent the next few years as a mercenary. Sharon's experiences cost her much of
her idealism, making her hard and bitter. At one point, she infiltrated an organization
known as the "Kubekult." Carter learned that this group had planned to resurrect Adolf Hitler by the Cosmic Cube. Due to this, Sharon became the unlikely ally of the Red Skull (who opposed the
cult for his own reasons). To assist them, the Red Skull revived the temporarily
comatose Captain America, who was stunned to learn of that Sharon was alive. Although Carter, still scarred by her past experiences, attempted
to keep her former lover at a distance. Afterward, she continued to work alongside
Captain America against such opponents as Nightmare and Count Nefaria. She also rescued Nick Fury, who was believed to be dead, from a pocket dimension he had been trapped in during a mission. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn about the characters and/or object.)
Later on, Agent 13 eventually served as
S.H.I.E.L.D. Director while Nick Fury was on an assignment. Following Fury's
return, Carter resumed her position as a S.H.I.E.L.D. field agent, and she and
Captain America fully reconciled and even considered renewing their romance.
The two also began an investigation of the Winter Soldier.
However, soon their relationship again became strained when Cap learned of Agent 13's reluctant involvement with S.H.I.E.L.D.'s anti-mutant Contingency,
and the couple again parted ways. (To learn about the characters above, just click on their highlighted names.)
After the events of the super-hero Civil War,
Captain America had surrendered, and was brought to the Federal Courthouse
in New York City to face his arraignment. IT was Agent 13 who was the person who escorted Cap,
unaware that she had been brainwashed by Dr. Faustus
(who had infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. posing as Carter's psychologist). It was the Red Skull (secretly alive within the mind of
ex-Soviet general--Aleksander Lukin), Dr. Faustus, and Arnim Zola was behind the plan. Captain America was shot first by a sniper, Crossbones,
then subsequently by Sharon several times at point blank amid the
chaos. Oblivious to firing the gun, Carter accompanied Captain America
to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. At the
hospital, the Red Skull's daughter, Sinthia, spoke the keyword to
release Faustus' hold on Sharon; thus, making her aware of the horror of what she had been programmed to do. (To learn about event and/or characters above, just click on their highlighted names.)
Soon after, Sharon discovered that the gun that killed Captain America was not an actual gun
but a device made to displace him in time. Therefore, to bring Rogers back, Sharon called on the assistance of Hank Pym and Reed Richards. Unfortunately, Agent 13 was captured by Norman Osborn and the Red Skull. But, Captain America and the Avengers showed up and together with Agent 13, they defeated the Skull and his forces. Soon after, Sharon Carter re-kindled her romantic relationship with Steve Rogers. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn about the characters and/or team.)
Later on, after Osborn's defeat at the Siege of Asgard, Captain America became the United States' "Top Cop." Under his command, Captain America created a new structure of teams: the Avengers managed by Maria Hill; the New Avengers with Victoria Hand as their liaison; and a covert team called the Secret Avengers--which Sharon joined. (To learn about the event, character, and/or teams above, just click on their highlighted name above.)
More recently, Sharon Carter (never shy with her thoughts) proposed marriage to Steve Rogers; however, before he could answer, Captain America was stranded in Dimension Z (a dimenision created by Arnim Zola). Eventually, Agent 13 found a way to rescue Captain America and to prevent an invasion of Arnim Zola's
mutates from Dimension Z and infecting the world; however, to do so, Sharon
had to sacrifice herself. Which she did in a self-detonating gigantic explosion.
To learn a little bit more about Agent 13, click on the following Marvel.com bio link, https://marvel.com/universe/Carter,_Sharon.
In the original comic book continuity, Sharon Carter and Peggy Carter were sisters. But, later on, Sharon had to be "retconned" (altering the storyline of a fictional character) as Peggy's niece due to the unaging nature of comic book characters.