Sharon Carter
Alias:
Agent 13
Status: Active
Rank: Special Field Officer (L-4)
Specialties: Field Operative (Undercover), Administration

Personal Bio Data

Place of Birth- Richmond, Virginia
Marital Status: Single

Known Relatives
Father: Harrison Carter 
Mother: Amanda Carter 
Sister: Margaret "Peggy" Carter

Appearances

The Avengers (3): 32
Captain America (1): 100-104,  108, 113-116,122, 124, 127,132, 135-137, 139-163, 165-167, 169,176-182, 184-186, 202, 204, 206-207, 209-212, 217-218, 231-233, 445-453 
Captain America (3): 1, 3-4, 9-13, 15-17, 19-21, 25-41, 45-48-50 
Captain America (4): 31-32
Captain America (5): 1-9,12-14,16-17,22-26, 31-32, 35-36
Captain America Annual: 2000
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty: 1
Captain America 65th Anniversary Special
Elektra: 4
Fury/Agent 13: 1-2 
Iron Fist/ Wolverine: 2-4
Marvel Knights (1): 14-15
Marvel Two-In-One: 4-5
New Avengers: 18
Spider-Man/Marrow: 1
Tales of Suspense (1): 75-76, 85, 92-95, 97-99
Thunderbolts: 48-49, 51
Wolverine (1): 162, 164
Wolverine/Captain America: 1-4
X-Men (2): 106, 111


Life Model Decoy

Appearance Highlights

Tales of Suspense (1) #75:
First appearance


Captain America (1) #237:
Captain America learns of Carter's supposed death


Captain America (1) #445
:
Carter returns


Fury/Agent 13 #1-2
:
Carter's search for Nick Fury


Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #1
:
First appearance as director of SHIELD


Captain America (3) #31:

Sharon Carter becomes director of SHIELD


Captain America (3) #45:

Returns directorship to Nick Fu
ry

Wolverine/Captain America 1-4
Tries to cover up the anti-mutant Contingency Project at SHIELD

Captain America (5) #22
Sharon's loyalty to Captain America is tested amidst the 'civil war' that takes place in the aftermath of the Registration Act.

Captain America (5) #25
Brainwashed by the Red Skull, Sharon Carter shoots and kills Steve Rogers while in SHIELD custody.

Select Cover Appearances
Captain America (1): 127, 446, 452
Captain America (3): 10-11, 19-20, 31, 49
Captain America (5):
1-2, 9, 16-17, 22, 26, 36
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty: 1
Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty Rough Cut
Fury/Agent 13: 1-2
 

Notable Alternate appearances
Captain America (2): 1, 3, 5
Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness: 4
New Marvel Mangaverse: 1, 4-5
Ultimate Spider-Man: 15, 19, 21, 46, 90, 105
Ultimate Six: 1-2
What If? (1): 38

Non-Narrative Appearances
Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1): 10

Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition: 16
Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Women of Marvel 2005
The Marvel Encyclopedia (DK) 2006

The daughter of Harrison and Amanda Carter, two wealthy Virginians, Sharon Carter followed in her older sister Peggy Carter's footsteps twice fold; first in joining SHIELD and second in falling in love with Steve Rogers, aka Captain America.

On her first major assignment, Sharon Carter, code-named Agent 13, was chosen to pick up a cylinder containing the powerful explosive called Inferno 42 from a SHIELD agent who had stolen it from THEM, the governing body of the subversive organization HYDRA. By coincidence, Captain America, in his secret identity of Steve Rogers, saw Carter on her way to receive the cylinder, and was struck by her close resemblance to her sister Peggy, whom he knew from the war. Captain America eventually learned that Carter's sister Peggy was the woman he had loved during World War II.

Making an unofficial team, Carter as Agent 13 and Steve Rogers as Captain America helped stop the plans of the Red Skull, AIM, and others during the early years of SHIELD. However, in time, specializing in deep-cover assignments put a strain on her relationship with Rogers and at one point even resigned from SHIELD in order to work on their relationship. However Carter soon returned to SHIELD where she continued to be one of its leading agents. Carter put her PH.D in meta psychology to use as head of SHIELD's secret psyche squad and later as one of the principal members of SHIELD's Femme Force, an all-women squad of commandos.

In what was thought to be her final mission, Sharon Carter was assigned to be SHIELD liaison to the New York City police department while both organizations investigated the subversive group called the National Force, which was secretly controlled by the criminal psychologist known as Doctor Faustus. Carter fell under the influence of Faust's mind-influencing gas during a National Force rally in Central Park, causing her to loose her free will and become irrationally violent. Carter was abducted by the National Force's Grand Director, who was actually the fourth Captain America, and made to join the National Force in marching on New York City's Harlem area to burn it down. Carter, still under the gas's influence control was made to wear a National Force uniform containing a means of self-incineration in the event of capture. When the Nation Guard arrived to intervene in a battle the National Force and Harlem area criminals, the mesmerized Carter, in accordance with the order given by Faustus, activated the self-destruct device in her costume and was incinerated. Later, the original Captain America, horrified, witnessed her demise on a videotape of the battle in Harlem.

This death was in fact staged and Carter was subsequently dispatched on a secret mission which left her presumed dead by SHIELD and Nick Fury. With both Fury and Captain America believing her dead, Carter was lost and on her own in enemy hands. Carter spent months at the hands of the dictator Tap-Kwai, eventually escaping.

With everyone back home thinking she was dead, Carter was forced to operate as a freelance mercenary and eventually found herself paired with The Red Skull and Captain America years later in an attempt to destroy a Cosmic Cube and the Kubekult. Carter developed into a much more jaded person as a result of being left out in the cold, affecting her relationship with Rogers at first.

Upon returning to the United States, Carter began a hunt for Nick Fury wanting answers about her being left behind. She discovered Fury was not dead, but in fact trapped in a pocket dimension created by Operation Back Slide housed deep under the remnants of SHIELD Central. Carter entered Back Slide and helped free Fury from the trap.

Carter continued some freelance work following Fury's return, including fighting Count Nefaria in the Savage Land. Despite initial friction with the agency and Fury, Carter did in fact demonstrate a desire to return to SHIELD.

Surprisingly, Nick Fury granted her wish, making her temporary director of SHIELD during a time he took a short absence. During her tenure Carter lead SHIELD against Nightmare and AIM's attacks with Protocide. Carter also formed the ELITE agents.
However as director, Carter learned the hard lessons Fury had come to know, the rigors of heading up SHIELD. Agent Brett Jackson proved to be a continuous thorn in her side. Jackson's formation of the anti-mutant Contingency project, composed of enhanced agents equipped to take down mutants would later haunt her. When the team of assassins went rouge and nearly killed Wolverine, Carter felt compromised because of her knowledge of the Contingency. This soured her relationship with Captain America and left a rare blemish on her SHIELD career.

After Nick Fury took back command, Carter teamed up again with Captain America to concentrate on finding the hijacked helicarrier, stolen by the Red Skull, culminating in a return engagement with the Skull and a new Hate-Monger. As Agent 13, Carter has taken center stage as one of the most visible agents of the agency, both in the public eye and in the field. Her relationship with Rogers cooled to a purely platonic and professional one, while she became romantically involved with fellow agent Neal Tapper. As the personal liaison for Captain America, Carter investigated the death of the Red Skull and the assassin known as the Winter Soldier. The mission turned personal when Tapper was killed in an explosion detonated by the Winter Solider and his handler, Russian general Aleksander Lukin. In the wake of the revelation that Bucky Barnes is the Winter Soldier, the fallout of Nick Fury's 'Secret War', and the passage of the Hero Registration Act, Sharon Carter has found herself at odds with herself.

Seen as a liabilty for being a Nick Fury loyalist and because of her involvement with the renagade Captain America, Sharon Carter was a persona-non-grata at SHIELD under the directorship of Maria Hill. Carter failed in baiting Captain America during a romantic liason and misled a capture team to prevent his arrest.

Unbeknowest to her, Carter was being controlled by the Red Skull who forced her to be complicent in the fatal shooting of Steve Rogers while he was in federal custody. Following the shooting, Sharon Carter, pregnant with Steve Roger's child, quit SHIELD and joined Roger's former partner, the Falcon.

For the 1991 Captain America film, the character of Sharon Cooperman is clearly based on some aspects of Sharon Carter

Sharon Carter appeared in the Ultimate Spider-Man video game, voiced by Jane Hajduk.

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Last Updated 3/25/08

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