Miriam Sharpe is a U.S. State Department employee and the mother of Charlie Spencer, who was killed during the Battle of Sokovia. Sharpe later confronted Tony Stark, whom she blamed for Charlie's death, and forced him to rethink his views on the actions of the Avengers, prompting Stark to sign the Sokovia Accords.
Losing a Son
Miriam Sharpe spent her career working for human resources at the State Department while also raising her son, Charlie Spencer. Spencer decided that he would spend his summer before beginning work as a computer programmer going overseas to Sokovia to build houses for the underprivileged living there.
However, while he was there, Ultron had a long battle against the Avengers, during which Spencer was killed when a building was dropped on top of him. Sharpe was heartbroken, but turned her pain into great anger, aimed towards the Avengers and Tony Stark, whom she held responsible for her son's tragic death.
Confronting Tony Stark
Sharpe tracked down Tony Stark as he was giving a speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology about his new invention called B.A.R.F.. Sharpe found Stark in the downstairs corridor waiting for his elevator and commented on his recent presentation. Now engaged in conversation with him, Sharpe reached into her purse and pulled out a photograph of her son, which Stark briefly mistook as her reaching for a weapon to attack him with. Sharpe explained that her son had been killed during the Battle of Sokovia, announcing that she held Stark and the Avengers responsible for his death. Sharpe declared that the Avengers only fought for themselves while claiming to defend the people before storming into the elevator.
- In the comics, Miriam Sharpe was the mother of Damien Sharpe, one of the boys who died in the explosion of Stamford, Connecticut, that started the Civil War. She managed to change Tony Stark's views on the Superhuman Registration Law by giving Stark Damien's favorite toy, an Iron Man action figure, and became an advocate of Stark's stance on the law.
Behind the Scenes
- The scene of the confrontation between Miriam Sharpe and Tony Stark was inspired from the confrontation between Mrs. Kinter and Martin Brody in the 1975 movie Jaws.
- Alfre Woodard was cast as Miriam Sharpe at the suggestion of Robert Downey, Jr., and this was done prior to her casting as Mariah Dillard in Luke Cage.