And then there is the persistent Power Broker problem. The “man” with the plan in Madripoor. Will that be resolved by the end of this series, or is he supposed to expand into the MCU, much like Zemo seemed to do in “Truth” when he was rafted by the Dora Milaje? Technically, Zemo is still there, free to return someday, although his actions with Bucky in this episode seem to suggest that he still longs for death on some level.
Meanwhile, Sam seemed to come up with a very important decision this week – the choice to stand tall and proud and trust Steve that he could be Captain America. The idea is that you can only change things if you keep fighting, and that doesn’t mean you have to ignore all the evils of America as well, or try to bury them like Isaiah Bradley saw himself. take his life for doing. , basically what Steve Rogers did in WWII when he saved Bucky.
So read on for some behind-the-scenes fun theorizing that we’ve been back and forth here at IGN following Episode 5. To be clear: We don’t know what’s going to happen. These are just guesses. Oh, and don’t forget to leave your own take on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in the comments – and don’t forget to vote in our poll at the bottom of the page!
Theory: Sam’s Wakandan Suit is a Falcon / Cap Hybrid
Sam might not have been sure about Steve’s choice for him to inherit the Captain America mantle, but Bucky was right. Of course, at first it was because Bucky wanted to believe in Steve like he always had, but now, after this affair with Sam, Bucky really knows the character of the man and is convinced that Sam is the only one. shield-worthy man. But was Bucky so confident that Sam would figure out for himself that he had the Wakandans literally making Sam a new… Captain America costume? Like, the cap costume with hawk wings that Sam used in the comics? There has to be a reason we didn’t see the full presentation of the case at the end of the episode, and a reason Sam was so taken aback by it.
It’s a safe bet that the case contains some sort of Cap jumpsuit, but if it doesn’t, we’re still pretty sure we’ll see Sam in a Cap jumpsuit at the end of the episode. Also, if the Wakandans did to make a Cap costume, it would be sweet if it was vibranium through and through, like the Black Panther costume. And extra points if it also absorbs and expels energy.
Theory: Sharon is now too obvious to be the power broker
Ok, we go back and forth on this. Ultimately, it could be that Sharon Carter is the power broker. Done and done. It just wouldn’t be a twist at this point. In fact, seeing her contact Batroc this week to help Karli was almost too obvious. Like, now the series blatantly wants us to think she is the power broker. So much so that she can’t be anymore. However, we were right that she was the one helping Karli (and probably the one who had given Karli all the information about Sam’s sister).
Power Broker or not, Sharon’s actions this week were definitely a dark turn. She went from being a shady Madripoor gamer who sells stolen artwork to someone who literally gives Karli a mercenary who wants him. kill sam. It is more than just self-preservation or survival in exile; she is disturbing with Sam’s death. It is assumed that if she was willing to give up Sam’s family history to Karli, she is capable of almost anything.
Theory: Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Val) is the power broker
In an extremely entertaining cast, Julia Louis-Dreyfus made her way into the MCU this week as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, an enigmatic woman running a shadow recruiting program like a bizarre Nick Fury. So, is Val the power broker? She seems to take on fallen heroes, so maybe she’s already threaded Sharon into her web in Madripoor and that’s why Sharon is sort of doing the Power Broker auction. Is she the woman behind the woman?
We mentioned a few weeks ago that the Power Broker was probably someone we had already met. With one exception. This exception was that if the character was new to the MCU, he would have to be played by a famous actor. Well, there it is. Val of Julia Louis-Dreyfus could be the one who was trying to make Super Soldiers. Heck, the serum is the main reason she’s interested in Walker.
Theory: John Walker to debut as US agent in finale
As much as John Walker tries to be Captain America, or even unwittingly mimic the hammer of Tony Stark’s metal shop, he’s now a broken and deranged man. But with Zemo getting a slight redemption this season and Walker finding himself under the cold shoulder of his own government, there has been a lot of Thunderbolts talk throughout these last five episodes of Falcon and Winter Soldier.Thunderbolts, very quickly, is a team of Marvel comic book heroes (with various rotating members and incarnations) made up of reformed villains. Not just an iteration of the team led by Zemo in the comics, but Val appeared on the scene this week, handing out business cards (well, a little) and looking to recruit someone alongside a hero. , also felt like a possible Thunderbolts tease.
Either way, Walker’s path appears to be that of the US Agent, whose costume is very much meant to evoke Captain America. So with the crass construction of the shield in the middle of the credits and Val basically giving Walker a Super Soldier-type job, we’ll likely see Walker as an American agent in some form or another in the final episode – whether that happens during his confrontation with Sam and Bucky. or he is saved from another scene at half credit.
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