🚨WARNING: Spoilers ahead for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 3
The only question that pops up in our heads every Friday these days is, COULD FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER GET ANY BETTER? The first two episodes had already turned the action up several notches and the show is getting more and more exciting. Episode 3 had a lot to offer. With Baron Zemo’s jailbreak to a reunion with former SHIELD agent Sharon Carter, two important characters have entered the series.
With innumerable references to the comics, Falcon and the Winter Soldier is turning out to be a true delight. We have compiled some details from the third episode in case you might have missed them for the time around.
1. The episode opens up with Zemo and the first words he utters are from the red Hydra book that he used in Captain America: Civil War to reactivate Bucky’s Winter Soldier programming.
2. FATWS has a lot going in the closing credits. Zemo’s first words in the show were hinted at in the closing credits of Episode 1.
3. When Bucky narrates the idea of Zemo’s jailbreak to Sam, the two are seen waiting in a garage. It is a fun parallel to where Sam, Bucky, and Steve hid out after they rescued Bucky in Captain America: Civil War.
3. The book Zemo is seen reading in prison is titled as Fortuna ist ein Reissender Fluss by Roger Masters. The book’s full title in English is Fortune is a River: Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli’s Magnificent Dream to Change the Course of Florentine History.
4. Zemo tells Sam that he’s a Baron. In the comics, Zemo is often referred to as “Baron Helmut Zemo,” and his family was part of German nobility.
5. Zemo mocks Sam about knowing what it’s like to be held in a lock-up. It is a nod to the time when Sam ended up in jail in Captain America: Civil War along with the rest of Team Cap.
6. Sam mentions Steve’s list of pop culture references he wanted to learn in Captain America: The Winter Soldier when he tells Bucky about how he suggested the Trouble Man soundtrack to Steve.
7. When Zemo is talking about how we put people like Steve on a “pedestal,” he references what happened to Sokovia in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The necklace Karli holds while praying over Donya Madani resembles the Flag Smashers’ logo — both feature a hand and the earth.
Sam, Bucky, and Zemo travel to Madripoor, which is a notable city from the X-Men comics. This is super cool and important because now that Disney owns 20th Century Fox, the MCU can start to widen its scope and this is the first major example of this.
In fact, Madripoor has been hinted at since Episode 1 because the city’s name briefly appears in the closing credits.
Zemo mentions that Madripoor is split into Lowtown and Hightown, which is another character of the comics. The distinction between Lowtown and Hightown is meant to represent how Madripoor is a city for both the very rich and very poor.
While in Madripoor, Sam pretends to be Conrad Mack, aka the Smiling Tiger, who is a character from the comic books. Notably, at one point in the comics, he steals the Avengers Quinjet and crashes it in Madripoor.
In Lowtown, they pass a place called “Princess Bar,” which is also featured in the comics. Just like in the show, Princess Bar is located in Madripoor, but one thing to note is that it’s known for being frequented by Patch, aka Wolverine.
The bar Sam, Bucky, and Zemo end up in is called “Brass Monkey,” which is the name of a bar located in Madripoor from the Captain America comic books.
The “Power Broker is watching” graffiti that Bucky spots before entering the bar has actually been seen since Episode 1 in the closing credits.
Sam, Bucky, and Zemo meet with Selby, and there is actually a mutant named Selby in the X-Men comics who was a member of the Mutant Liberation Front.
When the camera pans the crowd at Sharon’s art gallery party, you can see more famous artwork, like Van Gogh’s self-portrait from 1889.
You can spot Madripoor’s flag on the side of the shipping containers, and the design matches the look from the comic books.
Sharon tracks Dr. Nagel to container #4261, and you know I love my Marvel numbers, so in the comics there is actually Earth-4261, which is a version of Earth where the Avengers ultimately died while trying to save the world from aliens.
Dr. Wilfred Nagel is another character name taken from the comic books. Basically, what you need to know is that in the comics, Nagel was a scientist who worked on Project Rebirth, aka the project that tried to create more super-soldiers during WWII.
Also in the comics, Nagel’s work on Project Rebirth led to Isaiah Bradley becoming a super-soldier. Of course, we met the MCU’s version of Isaiah in Episode 2 and Nagel even mentions using his blood to create this new version of the super-soldier serum.
After years of waiting, Zemo finally puts on his iconic purple mask from the comic books, and honestly, I got chills.
Sam asks Bucky if he’s going to move his seat up, which is a hilarious callback to the iconic car moment between Sam and Bucky in Captain America: Civil War.
The pieces of tech Bucky follows are Kimoyo beads, which are made of vibranium and were first introduced in Black Panther.
The cliffhanger of this episode was Ayo showing up at the very end. She’s a member of the Dora Milaje, and had previously made appearances in Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War.
Did you catch any other cool easter egg that we missed? Make sure to share with us in the comment section below!
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’s next episode comes out Friday, April 9 at 3 a.m. ET — exclusively on Disney Plus.