The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has a scene after the credits because this is a Marvel Cinematic Universe property. Audiences have been programmed to expect one of those after every product this company puts out. Some of their post-credits scenes are major setups for future stories while some are fun gags or character bits that remind us why we really love this universe and the people that inhabit it. Many folks have been awaiting the post-credits scene of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier because they figured it was going to be a setup for something much larger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And now that the series has finally come to a close, we have an answer as to what the post-credits scene means for a returning character.
After The Falcon and the Winter Soldier credits wind down, we get a scene with Sharon Carter, the former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who became a fugitive after the events of Captain America: Civil War. At the end of the series, she is granted a pardon from the United States government and is even offered a job to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. once again. This seems to be a happy ending for the character who had been promised a pardon by Bucky Barnes. The final episode of the series also revealed Sharon Carter to be the Power Broker, a mastermind criminal who oversaw the machinations of the pirate nation of Madripoor. The belief was that this pardon would bring her back into the heroic fold and this ending scene seems to set that up.
However, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier credits scene pulls the rug out from under the audience. After seeming to be grateful for her pardon and leaving the government building, Sharon Carter gets on her cell phone and speaks to someone about being in a new position of power. She says that they will now have access to government secrets, weaponry, and a whole bunch of other inside information and hardware. It looks like Sharon Carter is not giving up her position as the Power Broker and will actually be positioning herself as a double agent within the structure of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s power dynamic.
In effect, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier credits scene has completely transformed Sharon Carter into a secret antagonist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is actually a pretty controversial take for the character who fans were hoping would be repositioned back into the greater heroic landscape of the characters. Revealing that she is now a villain is definitely a setup for some future storyline. Will it be carried through in the series which has been rebranded for a very specific reason? Or will Sharon Carter be popping up in one of the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies? If so, what role would her devious character have to play?
Whatever her future holds, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier credits scene has undeniably set Sharon Carter to be a significant and dangerous force in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Exactly where she will appear next is a mystery but she could end up being a thorn in the sides of our heroes.