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(The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, 2021)
The Power Broker
SHARON CARTER/THE POWER BROKER
(The Falcon and the Winter Soldier)
Sharon Carter (also known as Agent 13) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is usually depicted as a secret agent, an ex-field agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. under Nick Fury, and a love interest of Steve Rogers.
In the original comic book continuity, Sharon was the younger sister of Peggy Carter, the possible wartime love interest of Captain America. She was later retconned as Peggy’s grand-niece because of the unaging nature of comic book characters.
Emily VanCamp portrays the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Captain America: Civil War (2016) and returned to play the role in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021), depicted as the supervillain Power Broker, and voices an alternate version in the animated series What If…? (2021).
Power Broker is the name of two fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The “Power Broker” concept was devised by Mark Gruenwald as a satire on the public obsession with health and fitness.
Fictional character biography
Curtiss Jackson was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He became a professional criminal and an executive with the criminal organization known as the Corporation. As a member of the Corporation, Jackson attempts to take control of Machine Man. With Eugene Stivak, Moonstone, and the Vamp, he later battles Captain America, Marvel Man, the Falcon, and the Hulk. Jackson kidnaps Trish Starr, and battles the Hulk and Machine Man again.
Jackson founds the Power Broker Corporation. He hires Dr. Karl Malus, a mad scientist who has experimented on various superhuman individuals, to technologically augment the strength of paying customers to superhuman levels. The strength augmenting process is tremendously risky, with half the subjects dying or becoming severely deformed, but this information is kept a closely guarded secret. Power Broker and Malus use highly addictive drugs on their subjects, telling them that the chemical is necessary to stabilize their powers, but in fact it only serves to keep the subjects working for—and paying—the Power Broker. Many wrestlers of the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation, which is only open to those with super-strength, use the Power Broker’s services, and wind up indebted to them.
The Power Broker offers Sharon Ventura superhuman strength. She is reportedly sexually abused while drugged. She breaks free before Malus can administer the addictive drug, so the Power Broker sends the Grapplers to kill her. The Power Broker later kidnaps Demolition-Man, and battles Captain America and the Shroud when they come to rescue him.
When Power Broker, Inc. is attacked by the Scourge of the Underworld, Curtiss Jackson exposes himself to his own augmentation device. The process goes awry, leaving him so grotesquely muscle-bound that he cannot move. Jackson was revealed to be a patient at Los Angeles County Hospital. Malus decided to take advantage of this situation by sending Vagabond, who knew Jackson (having previously approached him about gaining super-strength herself), to obtain a copy of his fingerprints so that Malus could access all of Jackson’s personal accounts and vaults. He used an explosive wristband to force Vagabond’s cooperation, but she managed to knock Malus out, destroy the fingerprint mold, place the band on his wrist, and inject him with the drug he had planned to use on her.
The Power Broker had Malus’ legs broken for his betrayal, then promptly re-hired him to try to cure Jackson’s condition. Malus captured and experimented on several augmented individuals, including Battlestar to perfect the de-augmentation process, which drew the involvement of the U.S. Agent. Jackson appeared, revealed to be using an exo-skeleton to move. Together, Battlestar and the Agent defeated Jackson and freed the captured wrestlers, and forced Malus to restore their strength. The U.S. Agent then destroyed Malus’ equipment and records, leaving Jackson in an over-augmented state.
Power Broker has been responsible for providing augmented henchmen to various criminal organizations, such as the Sweatshop and the Power Tools.
The Power Broker was later revealed as one of the Red Skull’s division chiefs.
Jackson resurfaced following the Maximum Security storyline, when Earth was made into an intergalactic penal colony. His extra-muscular bulk had been shed in-between appearances leaving him looking normal once again. Seeing an opportunity to recruit many of the exotic prisoners being dumped by the Kree and other alien races, Jackson raced to an area his computers determined would have a large amount of arrivals. Unfortunately for Jackson, the aliens were less than pleased at having been dumped on Earth, and attacked him. Playing dead, Jackson came upon a parasitic organism (Jackson calls it an alien, but U.S. Agent believed it to be an escaped S.H.I.E.L.D. experiment to control the alien criminals) who had lost its host. In exchange for becoming its host, Jackson would be granted the use of the parasite’s spawn to infect and control others. In his plan to take over the world, Jackson smuggled the parasite spawns to a HYDRA base and a rebel Atlantean group. These operations were broken up by S.T.A.R.S. (Superhuman Tactical Activities Response Squad) and their main agent, U.S. Agent, leading the group to take down the Power Broker once again.
The Punisher later kills and impersonates Jackson in order to infiltrate a supervillain auction being held on Long Island.
In other media
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Sharon Carter (portrayed by Emily VanCamp) uses the “Power Broker” as an alias in the live-action miniseries The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The Power Broker serves as the judge, jury and executioner on Madripoor. In the episode “The Star-Spangled Man”, the Flag Smashers steal a shipment from her, so she sends hired men after them. In the episode “Power Broker”, it is revealed that she hired former Hydra scientist Dr. Wilfred Nagel following the Blip to recreate the Super Soldier Serum, which the Flag Smashers stole and used to empower themselves. Her status is revealed in the series finale “One World, One People”, during which she kills the Flag Smashers’ leader Karli Morgenthau, rejoins the CIA after being pardoned, and contacts a mysterious individual to tell them she has access to the government’s resources.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021) – Series Trailer
THE POWER BROKER
CHARACTER SYMBOLISM: DARK MOON & THE BLACK SUN
The Power Broker was gender swapped to female.
(When the Moon obscures the Sun, the Black Sun is revealed.)