Spoiler warning for any of those who haven’t seen the episode yet. The following contains fans reacting to the third episode of the mini-series.
The latest episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier out on the 2nd of April on Disney+. The new release comes with its own new twists and turns for the story. However, with Marvel pushing the possibility of X-Men joining the MCU through their mini-series so far, it seems evident that we might actually see them sooner rather than later. Such was the case with the latest episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Not only did Sam and Bucky, along with an unlikely ally, pay a visit to a prominent mutant-centric location from the Marvel Comics universe, but there were also several other X-Men Easter eggs during their little visit.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Baron Zemo:
The episode features Sam and Bucky adding Baron Zemo to their plan. With the Zemo on the team, they have Hydras library available to them. The villain joins the duo as he seems to have a code when it comes to removing super-people from the world to make life easier. As far as leads go, Zemo takes the team to Madripoor. An island nation that may well be familiar to those who have kept up with X-Men comics over the years.
According to Marvel Comics, Madripoor is a fictional island located in Southeast Asia that has appeared in series such as New Mutants, Wolverine, Hawkeye, etc. Chris Claremont and artist Steve Leialoha are the ones to thank to introduce us to the location in 1985’s New Mutants #32. Now that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has introduced Madripoor, the possibility of X-Men lurking right next to our heroes is quite favorable. As the location is known to be often associated with mutants. Previous set photos during filming indicated that Madripoor might factor into the show’s storyline.
Major hints of X-men in the episode:
On top of all that, the trailer for the show already gave a few hints of the duo set to take a trip to Madripoor. In any event, this is a major tip of the cap to mutants in the MCU. If things still seem sketchy, there is one of the biggest nudges to the X-Men in the episode. The team passes a watering hole called Princes Bar. A character known as “Patch” is known to frequently visit the place whenever in town. As it turns out, “Patch” is just another alias used by the Wolverine when in Madripoor. Therefore, making the heroes miss the iconic character by just some walking distance in the show.
Lastly, a character named Selby, the proprietor of an establishment called the Brass Monkey appeared in the episode. She provided some intel to the gang and was quickly killed. However, deaths in the MCU tend not to stick too often. In the comics, Selby is the same name given to a mutant who was a part of the Mutant Liberation Front. So this could also be viewed as a link to mutants and the X-Men in the MCU.
This isn’t even the first hint given by Marvels’ mini-series. WandaVision featured Evan Peters’ inclusion as Quicksilver as well. All of these subtle hints point in the direction of the X-Men only getting closer to joining the MCU.
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