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  • The kiss between Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter Captain America: Civil War is arguably the worst thing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • The relationship between Steve and Sharon is considered inappropriate and nonsensical because Sharon is the niece of Steve’s late ex-girlfriend.
  • The fact that Steve gets together with Peggy Avengers: Endgame makes his relationship with Sharon even more awkward and confusing. Marvel’s attempt to ignore their romance only creates more problems.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has often been criticized for how it handles romance, but an MCU kiss is not only the worst in the franchise, but also one of the worst in modern filmmaking. It’s quite ironic considering a Marvel film shares the title for one of the most famous kisses, Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) and Mary Janes (Kirsten Dunst) kiss upside down Sam Raimi‘S Spider-Man It’s a great moment in superhero cinema of all time. The MCU moment in question is also memorable, but for all the wrong reasons.

You thought Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) kisses his way in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was too sudden? You thought Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella’s (Kristen Stewart) love affair in the dusk Movies were awkward? You thought, Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Josh’s (Paul Rudd) Third Act Romance in Clueless was borderline inappropriate? Honey, all of these examples pale in comparison to the weird, irritating, and completely unwarranted make-out sessions Captain America: Civil War.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier, transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a “super soldier serum.” But being Captain America comes at a price as he tries to take down a warmonger and a terrorist organization.

Release date July 22, 2011

director Joe Johnston

Pour Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Dominic Cooper

Evaluation PG-13

Duration 124

Genres Action, adventure, science fiction

Steve Rogers kisses Peggy’s niece in Captain America: Civil War

Of all the films from Phase 3 of the MCU that have aged the worst, it’s probably number one Captain America: Civil War. The last film in the original Captain America The trilogy certainly has its highlights, such as the introduction of Chadwick Bosemanis Black Panther and Tom Hollandis Spider-Man. However, the admittedly entertaining film has a long list of narrative problems and overall feels less like a “civil war” and more like a minor disagreement between friends. However, if it’s a scene that’s knocking Captain America: Civil War down a whole letter grade, there’s Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) makes out with Sharon Carter (Emily Van Camp).

Sharon, also known as Agent 13 in the comics, was introduced as a supporting character in the previous film. Captain America: The Winter Soldier. She plays a slightly larger role in Captain America: Civil Warwhich confirms that Sharon is the niece of Steve Rogers’ former flame Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) out of Captain America: The First Avenger. As shown in Captain America: Civil WarSteve, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) are refugees on the run because they violated the recently ratified Sokovia Accords. Sharon helps the trio by secretly giving them her confiscated equipment, and to the shock of everyone in the audience, she and Steve share a passionate and “romantic” kiss goodbye.

All right, where should I start with this? Well, let’s start with the obvious: This is your ex-girlfriend’s niece, Steve! If that isn’t strange enough, Sharon also belongs to Steve recently died Ex-girlfriend’s niece, who had died of old age just a few days before this atrocity! Aside from the questionable relationship, this kiss also feels like it came out of nowhere, as there is absolutely no chemistry between Steve and Sharon. You can count on one hand the number of times they interacted on screen, and honestly, Steve seemed to have a better relationship with Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), if anything (although she wasn’t the most lucky in love either).

Oh, and Sam and Bucky aren’t happy either. These two weirdos smile and agree after Steve and Sharon are done with their sudden and disturbing affair. Ew.

Captain America and Agent 13 were a couple in the comics

So after the Sharon and Steve ship (or “Sheve” for short), we have to ask ourselves how and why this happened. Believe it or not, the fact that Captain America and Agent 13 are a couple actually fits with the mainline Earth-616 comic universe. Like her co-star, Sharon is a dedicated SHIELD agent who has heard stories of Captain America’s courage from her Aunt Peggy. This last tidbit isn’t particularly relevant to the story, but we added it just to reiterate how strange this is.

While Sharon isn’t a badass Avenger like many of Cap’s colleagues, she has seen almost every major comic book conflict with her Star Spangled Man with a Plan. This also includes the comic version of Civil War and the Skrull attack in Secret invasion. She was even offered the extremely prestigious position of Director of SHIELD, but declined to continue her career as Agent 13. Steve and Sharon’s romance blossomed into a possible engagement, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Since then, in the comics, Sharon has remained true to her single life and is (thankfully) no longer in a romantic relationship with Steve Rogers.

Is Sharon Steve’s niece?

Image via Disney

The way Marvel Studios usually handles romances that don’t work out is simple. They just act like it never happened. Remember the time when Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) began a young relationship Avengers: Age of Ultron? Neither did Marvel because they never hinted at their romance again after that. That’s what Marvel is trying to do with the ill-fated romance between Steve and Sharon, but it somehow creates even more problems.

As we know from Steve Rogers’ conclusion Avengers: Endgame, the Avenger formerly known as Captain America decides to retire and uses time travel to live out the rest of his days with Peggy after returning all of the Infinity Stones. It’s a fitting way to end Steve Rogers’ journey in the MCU rather than simply killing him off, and one that seems appropriate given Steve’s known love for Peggy. However, there is still a Sharon-sized shadow over this supposed happy ending.

Steve and Peggy will presumably get married once Steve goes back in time, and we know that Sharon still exists based on her appearance in the timeline The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. This means that it is not just like that Sharon is still Peggy Carter’s niece, but she is also Steve’s niece, who in turn is her uncle… Thanks Marvel. We hate it.

Captain America: Civil War can be streamed on Disney+.

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