Julia Louis-Dreyfus steals the show in the thrilling Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 5
🚨WARNING: Spoiler ahead, this article is for people watching The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+. Do not read on unless you have watched episode 5.🚨
The penultimate episode of the truly wild and labyrinthine The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premiered on Friday and we can’t stop talking about it. The fifth episode of the series has provided the audience with a lot of answers we have been seeking for a long time. There is still a denouement remaining, of course, which we will see in the sixth and final episode.
The hour-long episode offers a measure of closure to some of the characters involved in the show and plunges the two centric characters into a sort of pit, emotionally and mentally. Without further ado, let’s dig in and show you all the easter eggs that were spotted in episode 5.
1. The episode opens us up to one of the most iconic fight of the MCU where Sam and Bucky take on John Walker. This combat had a similar formation to the fight in Captain America: Civil War where Bucky and Steve fought against Tony.
2. John repeatedly saying “I am Captain America” in this episode is an allusion to Tony’s iconic “I am Iron Man” line.It further highlights the differences between the heroes and John.
3. John Walker seem to have developed a habit of referring to himself as Captain America. This is something Steve rarely did. Steve was always himself first and Captain America second. Again, this just shows how different John and Steve are.
4. In Episode 4 when Walker killed one of the Flag Smasher, he held the shield up high with both his hands and smacked the edge. This seems to have become John’s go-to move to injure someone with the shield. It is also similar to how Steve hurt Tony in Civil War.
5. Sam tells Joaquin to keep the Falcon wings. This is massive, because in the comics, Joaquin eventually takes up the Falcon mantle.
6. Same’s persona of taking the shield and leaving Joaquin the wings paved way for a further storyline as in the comics, Joaquin becomes Sam’s sidekick when he becomes Captain America.
7. Julia Louis-Dreyfus showing up as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine is simply HUGE. According to the comics, Val is a Russian sleeper agent for Leviathan who also becomes an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and works as a close associate with Nick Fury. In fact, Fury and Val have a romantic relationship in the comics. Yes it could be what you’re thinking.
8. According to the comics, Val eventually joins Hydra but secretly and goes by the name Madame Hydra. She’s basically one of the most well-known spies, and her appearance probably means that Hydra is still out there somewhere.
9. Val in the comics also works closely with Sharon Carter, and the duo become part of the Femme Force, an all-women assault team for S.H.I.E.L.D. This might hype you up even more for the next episode.
10. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is supposed to be setting up multiple upcoming MCU projects, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s arrival is definitely leading to some important storylines.
11. Zemo finally visits the Sokovia memorial which he first talked about to Bucky and Sam in Episode 3. Zemo grieves the loss of his wife and son in the Sokovia attacks from Avengers: Age of Ultron.
12. Bucky opting to not to shoot Zemo could be him following his therapist’s second rule for making amends, which we heard about in Episode 1. “Nobody gets hurt”
13. Ayo tells Bucky that the Dora Milaje are taking Zemo to “The Raft,” which is the underwater prison that was first seen in Captain America: Civil War, and it’s where Wanda, Sam, Clint, and Scott were imprisoned.
14. We catch another glimpse of Isaiah’s grandson, Eli, when he talks to Sam, and I know I’ve talked about it before, but I just love Eli so much.
15. Isaiah mentions the “Red Tails” and “the famous 332,” which were other names for the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of Black military pilots and airmen who fought in World War II.
16. Isaiah says that his fellow soldiers who took the serum died, which happens in the comic books. Isaiah is the only survivor of the 300 Black soldiers who were used as test subjects.
17. Isaiah tells Sam that some of his fellow soldiers were captured and he decided to go save them, which is similar to when Steve went and rescued Bucky and the Howling Commandos in Captain America: The First Avenger.
18. One reason why this episode is titled “Truth” could be because the 2003 comic book series Truth: Red, White and Black, focused on Isaiah Bradley and his story.
19. Director Rian Johnson previously in an interview reveealed that Apple doesn’t let “bad guys” have iPhones on screen. We have noticed that Sharon is out here calling Batroc on a non-iPhone. She’s definitely upto something big which we are about to see in episode 6.
20. In the final minutes of the episode, we see Sam opening the box to (presumably) see his new Captain America suit. The scene is very similar to what happened in WandaVision Episode 8, where we were teased Wanda’s Scarlet Witch suit before it debuted in the finale.
21. We are treated with the first ever post-credits scene of the series where we see John Walker working on making his own Captain America shield. The snippet was an allusion to Tony building the Iron Man suit in Iron Man.
Did you catch any other cool easter egg that we missed? Make sure to share with us in the comment section below!
The show’s sixth and final epsiode is set to premiere Friday, April 23 at 3 a.m. ET — exclusively on Disney Plus.