WARNING: The following article contains massive spoilers for Episode 6 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Proceed only if you have watched.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has finally come to an explosive conclusion. The plot threads have wrapped up and teased us exciting things to come in a possible second season or solo Captain America movie. The series spent the last six weeks entertaining us with its mix of espionage, witty banter, and political awareness.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s sixth and final episode sees Sam becoming Captain America, and wearing the new costume and wings that he was gifted by Bucky. The Flag-Smashers are handed defeat but get what they fighting for. John Walker takes on a new identity of U.S Agent and Bucky tries to make amends and atone for his past actions as the Winter Soldier.
However, the highlight was the fact that MCU’s new Captain America has officially taken flight. Scroll below to see some of the Marvel Comics and MCU references the show gave us in this episode.
1. Sharon can be seen using a nanotech mask to disguise her appearance. This mask used the same tech that Natasha’s mask in Captain America: The Winter Soldier had when she had to infiltrate the World Security Council meeting.
2. Sam’s Captain America suit is a replica of his comic book suit. Great details have gone into its making with white being the most prominent color. The suits which Steve wore were mostly dark blue.
3. While Sam’s suit resembles Cap’s Age Of Ultron suit, there are some major improvements in it since Bucky had the suit made in Wakanda. Shuri believed that just because something works, doesn’t mean it cannot be improved. This highly suggests that Shuri’s brain has gone into the design of this suit.
4. When Sam announces that he’s Captain America for the first time, a guy says that he thought Cap was on the moon, which Joaquin suggested in the very first episode.
5. When Sam dons the suit, his first fight as Captain America takes place with Batroc. In the comic All-New Captain America Issue #1 Batroc is the first person he fights with the new mantle.
6. This is another parallel between Steve and Sam as Steve’s first modern-day fight in Captain America: The Winter Soldier happens with Batroc.
7. When Sam decides to end his fight with Batroc, he kicks up the shield. A move we saw Steve doing at the end of the iconic elevator fight from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
8. Marvel never misses out on details and doesn’t just put gibberish to make things look cool. When Redwing identifies Ayla Perez as a potential helicopter pilot, you can see that she’s part of the Philippine Air Force. Also, do the hexagons remind you of a witchery show by Marvel Studios?
9. In an attempt to chase the Flag Smashers, Bucky flips off the motorcycle he’s riding. This is similar to when Steve did the same thing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier while he was avoiding a quinjet.
10. When Bucky falls over the ledge, it’s similar to when Steve watched him fall to his death in Captain America: The First Avenger except for this time, Bucky makes an iconic superhero landing.
11. Bucky and Sam’s bond was something we watched grow. He gives the most wholesome smile ever when he sees Sam in the Captain America suit for the first time. They’ve truly grown fond of each other
12. The show finally breaks it to us that Sharon is the Power Broker, which we all had kind of suspected from the very start. However, in the comics, it ain’t Sharon. The Power Broker, aka Curtiss Jackson, is a man who tried to re-create the Super Soldier serum
13. While fighting Karli, Sam says he’s not going to fight her back. It is a callback to the statement Steve made when he fought Bucky in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
14. The digit 105 on the Flag Smashers app could possibly be a nod to Captain America Vol. 1 Issue #105, which featured Captain America fighting Batroc.
15. Sam makes a reference to his team’s fight with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame during the iconic monologue that he delivers. It surely hit differently.
16. When the duo is leaving, Sam can be seen walking on Bucky’s left, which is a callback to his iconic “on your left” phrase.
17. It is the same guy who thought Captain America was on the moon who calls Sam “Cap” later.
18. Since many weren’t able to identify,, the old guy in the car who detonates the vehicle which was transporting the Flag Smashers is Zemo’s butler. We saw him on the plane in Episode 3.
19. Zemo has been locked up in the high-security prison “Raft”. It is the same place where Team Cap was imprisoned after the events of Captain America: Civil War.
20. John Walker’s new suit is 100% replica of his comic book suit. From the color to the pattern, everything matches. In the comics too he’s given a black, white, and red shield to use.
21. The memorial for Isaiah at the Smithsonian talks about how he was one of “a dozen African American soldiers who were recruited against their will and without their consent for participation in human testing in pursuit of the Super Soldier serum.
22. At the party with Sam, Sarah, and everyone else, we see that Bucky is out in public without wearing his gloves. This is a sign that he’s comfortable around those people.
23. In the post-credit scene, Sharon is referred to as “Agent Carter” for the first time ever. This title was reserved for Peggy Carter for a very long time. Previously, Sharon has only been referred to as Agent 13 or Sharon Carter.
Did you catch any other cool easter egg that we missed? Make sure to share with us in the comment section below!