WARNING: The article below contains major plot spoilers for Falcon and The Winter Soldier‘s Episode 2! ????
The second episode of Falcon and the Winter Soldier is now available to stream on Disney+ and it’s hard to keep calm with the easter eggs this episode has brought to us. We saw how the government did Sam Wilson dirty in the last episode and get a bit more of the new Cap’s background as well as meet another new character, Lemar Hoskins. The show is getting more interesting as we are getting insights into who the Flag Smashers actually are. Packed with some hilarious humor, this episode is a treat to watch. It is still unclear as to who is formulating more Super-Soldier serum.
Here are all the MCU references that were made and the Easter eggs you really need to pick up in episode 2.
1. John Walker’s high school football locker number was 10 and you can see the same number displayed on a school jersey with his name in the background.
2. John mentions that all he has been doing after donning the mantle of Captain America is a lot of speeches and meetings. This exactly what Steve did back when he first became Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger
3. The marching band at John’s old high school can be heard playing an updated version of “The Star-Spangled Man,” the song used in Captain America: The First Avenger when Steve was touring America.
4. The second episode has been titled “The Star-Spangled Man,” to give regard to the fact that John is beginning his own tour as Captain America, just like Steve did in the first part.
5. During the interview at his High School, the TV news flashes John’s High School name which is Custer’s Grove High School in Georgia. This is something pulled directly from the US Agent comic books.
6. While being interviewed, John says that if there’s anything he has, it’s “guts”. This is a trait Captain America always held. In Captain America: The First Avenger, Col. Phillips says wars are won with guts right before he throws the grenade that Steve jumps on.
7. When Sam mocks Bucky about his time in Wakanda and calls him “The White Panther.” Bucky reveals that his nickname is “White Wolf,” which is a nod to what T’Challa and the Wakandans called him.
8. A very brief scene shows Bucky catching Cap’s shield the same way he did in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
9. Bucky asks John if he’s ever “jumped on top of a grenade,” which is, of course, a callback to the moment when Steve jumped on a grenade in Captain America: The First Avenger, aka the moment he was chosen to be Captain America.
10. John discusses the Global Repatriation Council with Sam and Bucky about how they’re aiding with the resources for refugees after The Blip. If you look keenly you can spot the “GRC” logo on the vaccine crates which the Flag Smashers stole.
11. We’re introduced to Lemar Hoskins who tells his alias as Battlestar. He’s a character straight from the comics. Hoskins in the comics is a good friend of John Walker who eventually becomes his sidekick when he becomes Captain America and later US Agent.
12. Karli Morgenthau is shown as the head of the Flag Smashers. In the Captain America comics, the Flag Smashers are led by Karl Morgenthau, who aims at abolishing nationalist symbols as well as boundaries.
13. A reference is given to the times when the government intervened between the matters of the Avengers. Bucky suggests Sam the idea of stealing Cap’s shield from John to which Sam reminds him of what happened the last time they stole it in Captain America: Civil War.
14. When the kid refers to Sam as “Black Falcon,” this references the names Black Marvel heroes were given in the comic books, namely Black Panther and Black Goliath.
15. We are introduced to another character from the comics by Bucky. Isaiah Bradley who was one of the 300 Black soldiers used as test subjects to try and re-create the super-soldier serum is introduced in this episode.
16. Isaiah remarks that he was put behind bars for being a hero. In one of the Captain America comics, Isaiah uses Cap’s mantle to go fight in WWII. However, the government saw it as an act of treachery and put him in jail for stealing Cap’s costume.
17. It’s highly likely that the kid we meet at Isaiah’s house is his grandson, Eli. Here’s the catch, in the comics, Eli goes by Patriot and he’s the founding member of the Young Avengers.
18. It is highly likely that will be introduced to most of the Young Avengers during this phase of the MCU. Right before Eli, we met Billy and Tommy in WandaVision and Cassie Lang in Ant-Man. Meanwhile, Kate Bishop is set to appear in Hawkeye and America Chavez will make her appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
19. The Flag Smashers state that they are trying to flee from the hands of Power Broker, who is yet another character from the comics. The Power Broker, aka Curtiss Jackson, is a man who tried to re-create the super-soldier serum.
20. The are chances we see John and Lemar become super-soldiers. In the comics, the duo was a part of Power Broker’s experiments so it is likely we see something similar to it in the series ahead.
21. Bucky mentions Siberia, which is a reference to the secret Hydra base Bucky was held captive and where he was brainwashed. It was also where Iron Man and Captain America’s final fight in Captain America: Civil War took place.
22. One can notice the cell number “2187” in which Zemo is being held captive. It is a reference to Princess Leia’s cell number in Star Wars: A New Hope. Marvel has long had a tradition of referencing Star Wars as Kevin Feige is a huge fan of the franchise
23. Another great detail found in the closing credits was the line “Where do we go, now that they’re gone?”. This is the same line that was on the poster in Avengers: Endgame when Steve is at his support group meeting.
Did you spot any easter eggs that we didn’t? Make sure to share it in the comment section!