In episode 5, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we seem to have finally learned something about Steve’s fate, got the final clue about how the Thunderbolts came to be in the MCU, and were treated to a nice cliffhanger for next Friday’s series finale. In a video posted early Friday morning, I gave this episode a 9.3 out of 10, and I stand by that. Don’t ask me where the 0.3 came from. No reason. Below are spoilers that take a look at the fifth episode of Falcon and the Winter Soldier. You’ve been warned!
As we moved on to episode 5, we all wanted to know who the cameo announced by the filmmakers would be – it was Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentine Allegra de Fontaine. She’s a character who becomes Madame Hydra in Marvel Comics, she’s also a character who dates Nick Fury, but I don’t think we’ll see any of that here….. Unless it’s the diabolical return of HYDRA from the MCU and Fury’s ex-girlfriend. But if it is Fury’s ex-girlfriend, and it’s not like he lost an eye… I will never forgive Captain Marvel for the moment when he explains that the last time I trusted someone, I lost my one good eye, a moment when the explanation could have been much better.
Val could be part of the Russian equivalent of S.H.I.E.L.D. known as Leviathan, she could be a secret agent of HYDRA, or she could form the Thunderbolts – which is kind of Marvel’s Suicide Squad if we take out the most basic concepts….. and her purple hair dye could be an homage to Victoria Hand or the Thunderbolts’ leadership in the comics, but she recruits John Walker and Zemo to be part of such a team, and it’s hard to imagine Zemo working with a super soldier. Valentina is also part of a group called Femme Force with Sharon Carter, so with this scene alone, we don’t know what path Val will take in the MCU.
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Meanwhile, Zemo no longer dances… although this clip lives forever in our hearts, or a whole hour on YouTube videos. Dora Milaje on the raft is the super villain prison we saw in Captain America: Civil War, but we can also free people from that prison, because that’s how Steve Rogers got his buddies out for Avengers: A war without end. When we get to see the raft, it will be very interesting to see what other Marvel villains are waiting to join the inevitable Thunderbolts team.
Speaking of bad guys… Sharon Carter? During last week’s meltdown, I said I thought she was a power broker, and now it really looks like she is a power broker or at least works for a power broker. She called the guy who was yelling at her in French and then, boom, Batroc comes back at the end of the episode with more ammo to help raid the GRC to get Sam Wilson. If we translate what Batroc said to Sharon on the phone, well, he said: I lost my team on the last mission. I’ll never work for you again. So whether she was a power broker or not, Sharon certainly played a role in initiating the series of actions that we saw that were not appreciated by the U.S. military.
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Not everyone becomes a villain.
Joaquin Torres gets his wings! Torres becomes the Falcon in the pages of Marvel Comics, and after Sam gets his wings broken, he leaves them to Torres in the episode. It reminded me of Iron Man 1, when Rody looks at the war machine armor and says: Next time, baby. It now seems inevitable that when Sam assumes the mantle of Captain America, Torres will succeed him as the Falcon.
Earlier in the episode, Isaiah Bradley introduced the equivalent of Truth in the MCU: The history of the red, white and black comic strip applied to the history of his character. The story he told mirrors the story of Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger, but the difference is that when Steve escaped from the base and saved his military brethren, he was hailed as a hero. Isaiah Bradley was thrown in jail and experimented on, leading him to believe the country would continue to dream of a blond, blue-eyed white guy as Captain America – but it looks like Sam Wilson is finally ready to change that.
In Louisiana, Sam does what he’s always done since Captain America: Winter Soldier and helps a war veteran. In this case, he helps Bucky find a way to improve his mental state. So I think he’ll probably come back and apologize to Yori or help Yori out of episode 1 to end the story somehow.
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Bucky delivers the suitcase, which is a Wakanda service, and there’s definitely a Captain America Falcon suit in there, which makes perfect sense. The suit and shield are not made from vibranium stolen from black characters in the MCU, but the Wakandans helped make them and donated them to Sam Wilson. That’s awesome, considering this symbol was just used by a white person to beat someone to death in front of the whole world, and now the true owners of the MCU’s strongest element have given it to Sam Wilson.
In a scene after the credits, John Walker thinks he’s Tony Stark and makes his own Captain America shield – not from vibranium, but from his medals. There could be a showdown in the finale, but John will likely be saved for a larger storyline with De Fontaine later in the MCU.
Which Easter eggs and hints did you discover in episode 5 of Falcon and the Winter Soldier? Post your review and your 10’s in the comments or send it to me on Instagram!
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