Marvel’s Falcon and Winter Soldier spoilers follow.
This week’s edition of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has brought the Marvel Cinematic Universe closer and closer to the continuity of the X-Men.
It’s now been two years since Disney officially secured the rights to the X-Men characters with its purchase of Fox, but Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has been careful to rush the mutants’ arrival.
The third Falcon and the Winter Soldier the episode debuted on Friday (April 2), and included in it was an open reference to a location X Men readers will be very familiar with.
In “Power Broker”, Bucky (Sebastian Stan) makes the highly questionable decision to free Sokovian terrorist Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl) to catch an even more dangerous group of terrorists called the Flag Smashers.
Their search leads them to the fictional Southeast Asian principality Madripoor – which, following on from Marvel Comics, is a pivotal setting for the 1988. Wolverine solo series.
Madripoor is a very segregated island, where the ultra-rich live lavishly in Hightown while the poorest of the poor live in misery in Lowtown.
“Power Broker” was referring to Hightown when Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) admitted that neither he nor Bucky had any allies in this part of Madripoor given their ties to the Avengers.
Imelda Corcoran also appears as one of Zemo’s contacts, Selby. While there is a mutant also named Selby in Marvel lore, she probably needs a bit more screen time before the two characters can be bonded.
Other Easter egg viewers may have noticed in Madripoor, including a visit to the Princess Bar, a hub of the island’s underworld since 1988 Wolverine series.
The search for the mysterious Power Broker trio also leads them to the Brass Monkey Saloon, which has its roots in a comic book arc of the John Walker incarnation of Captain America.
Obviously, this visit to Mandripoor was more than a cute Easter Egg from Kevin Feige – it’s the latest nod to the integration of the characters and the larger world of mutantkind.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier broadcast exclusively Disney +, with new episodes every Friday.
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