With the release of "Thor" on May 6, 2011 and "Captain America: The First Avenger" on July 22, 2011, Marvel.com presents the Essentials, a series of articles showcasing each character's expansive history and mythology Â in the Marvel comics.
From character retrospectives to a look at memorable storylines and interviews with key creators, the Essentials will act as the perfect guide for fans both old and new! Look for new Cap Essentials every Monday and Thor Essentials every Thursday as we head toward the release of each film!
By Marc Strom
|Sharon Carter in the modern day|
After the Avengers discovered his frozen body in the modern day, Captain America met and fell in love with Sharon Carter, unaware of her relation to his wartime sweetheart. While the two have had a tumultuous relationship full of the usual romantic turmoil and an apparent death or two, they've stuck together through thick and thin to both their benefits.
In this week's Essential Captain America, we take a look back at the history of the Carter women, and see just what it took to snag Steve Rogers' heart.
Love is a Battlefield
|Peggy Carter and Cap|
Learning of Peggy's situation, Cap battled his way to where the Nazis held her only to find the prisoners free and no trace of Peggy. In actuality, a bomb blast had left her without her memory, and she wandered off into the crowd. Cap had lost his first love...a love whose true name he never even knew.
Cap reminisced on his time with Peggy Carter in TALES OF SUSPENSE #77, collected in MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 1 and ESSENTIAL CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 1.
Lucky Number 13
|Sharon Carter and Captain America|
Known simply as Agent 13, Sharon first met Cap during a mission to transport an experimental element known as Inferno 32. The Captain remarked upon Sharon's likeness to his unknown WWII love, and shortly afterwards, they found themselves teaming up more and more until the pair fell deeply in love.
Sharon first met Cap in TALES OF SUSPENSE #75-76, collected in MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 1 and ESSENTIAL CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 1, while their relationship began in TALES OF SUSPENSE #95, collected in MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 2 and ESSENTIAL CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 1.
It's All Relative
|Sharon, Peggy and Cap|
She fought her way free with the help of Captain America and the Falcon, but then had to reveal her aunt's existence to Cap. For the first time, Rogers learned the name and true identity of the woman he'd loved during WWII, and of her relation to Sharon. Cap and Peggy reunited, and as a result Peggy regained her full memory and sanity.
Cap fought Doctor Faustus and found out the truth of Peggy Carter in CAPTAIN AMERICA #161-163, collected in ESSENTIAL CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 4.
In reality, S.H.I.E.L.D. had manufactured that tape to allow Sharon to go deep undercover on a mission for Nick Fury. After that mission went sideways,
Sharon found herself a victim of the cult in CAPTAIN AMERICA #231-233, and Cap saw footage of her "death" in CAPTAIN AMERICA #237.
|Sharon Carter returns|
She continued to fight alongside Cap until he admitted his love for her to break her out of a killing rage under the Red Skull's control. The two eventually reunited but could not come to terms with their feelings for one another for some time yet.
Sharon Carter made her dramatic return in CAPTAIN AMERICA #445, collected in CAPTAIN AMERICA: OPERATION REBIRTH. Steve confessed his love for her once more in CAPTAIN AMERICA Vol. 3 #19, but it wasn't until CAPTAIN AMERICA Vol. 3 #49 that they got back together.
Sharon Carter: Murderer?
|Sharon Carter with the Falcon|
After Steve's death, Sharon learned herself pregnant with his child. However, after the Red Skull captured her, she lost the child during a gun fight with Sin. The trauma she experienced as the Skull's captive led to a great deal of memory loss, but as her memories began to return to her, so did the truth of Captain America's "death."
Sharon revealed to Cap's allies that Steve Rogers had not, in fact, died, but had become unstuck in time thanks to the machinations of the Red Skull. She helped rescue Steve and bring him back to the present. The two remain together, and Sharon currently helps Steve lead his team of Secret Avengers.
Sharon apparently killed Steve Rogers in CAPTAIN AMERICA Vol. 5 #25, collected in THE
Ultimate Sharon Carter
In 2000, Marvel launched its Ultimate line of comics, contemporary re-interpretations of their most classic characters. Over the last 10 years, the Ultimate Universe has grown to include new visions of many of Marvel's greatest heroes and villains.
Like her Marvel Universe counterpart, Ultimate Sharon Carter serves as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. She has only appeared a handful of times, most notably partnered with Agent
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