Marvel is really riding high on a wave of good fortune, and we are totally reaping its benefits. Not only did Marvel drop a ton of movie surprises on us last week, but this week they're gearing up to celebrate their 75th anniversary. Replacing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Tuesday night, Emily VanCamp will host ABC's Marvel special 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop! . While this is very exciting none the less — it promises special guests! As if we were invited to the taping with the special guests! — you might be scratching your head thinking, "Huh? The actress from Revenge? What does she have to do with Marvel?" VanCamp is actually a part of the greater Marvel universe thanks to her role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
In Winter Soldier, VanCamp plays an undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. agent tasked with watching over Steve Rogers, per Nick Fury's request. She and the Cap have a little flirty banter over laundry. He thinks she's a nurse, she's not — she later reveals herself as Agent 13, a woman named Sharon. We don't learn her last name in the movie, but on IMDB she's listed as "Sharon Carter." Ring any bells? Sharon Carter happens to be the niece of Peggy Carter, who was the one time love interest of Captain America and also happens to be getting her own show mid-season (Peggy, not Sharon). Though it hasn't been officially stated, VanCamp did heavily hint to MTV News that she'll reprise the role in Captain America: Civil War, so we probably haven't seen the last of this Agent Carter either.
There's clearly a great use of synergy between Disney, Marvel, and ABC here, considering that Revenge is on the same network. However VanCamp isn't the only person they could've picked for job. They also could have pulled Sebastian Stan for the duty, because once upon a time he played The Mad Hatter/Jefferson on Once Upon A Time and is currently Bucky Barnes, who was last seen visiting Cap's Smithsonian exhibit.
The anniversary special also would've been a great opportunity to help Marvel fans get to know Chadwick Boseman, who's set to star in Black Panther when it is released in 2017.
Cobie Smulders would have been another good choice, considering she's Maria Hill and has appeared in Avengers, Captain America, and S.H.I.E.L.D. She's very well connected to all of our favorite heroes.
Personally, I would have liked to see Patton Oswalt host. He's got the S.H.I.E.L.D. connection already — he plays Billy/Eric Koenig — and was the guy Marvel/ABC used this summer at Comic-Con. And, he's already got the Disney lineage in his blood from voicing Remy in Ratatouille. Plus, he's a huge fanboy and spends a lot of his time tweeting about his love for Melinda May. He'd be the perfect choice to host because you know he'd be thrilled to do it.
Then again, the perfect choice would probably have been Tom Hiddleston, but now I'm just being greedy.
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