The Falcon and the Winter Soldier like WandaVision is a Marvel TV miniseries that will be coming out on Disney+. The events of the show are set after that of Avengers: Endgame. This will coincide with WandaVision and will be part of Phase 4 of MCU. This miniseries was supposed to come earlier but was delayed by the restrictions of the COVI-19 pandemic For now, we have The Falcon and the Winter Soldier trailer in our hands. Within this are quite a few easter eggs which just might be enough to get a better idea of the plot. In this article, we will be discussing The Falcon and the Winter Soldier trailer easter eggs giving us a better idea as to what to expect in the miniseries.
Captain America’s Legacy
The trailer shows a Captain America museum display, where we could see some memorabilia dedicated to the life of Steve Rodgers. First, we see a photo of him before his life as Captain America. This picture was previously seen on Peggy Carter’s desk. Next., is the cab door he used as a makeshift shield which had appeared as a newspaper headline. There is a comic book that had Captain America’s first appearance in the real world. This version of the comic book does not have the little snippet of Bucky as in MCU, Bucky didn’t start off as a sidekick to Captain America. Then we see a poster saying Tour Cancelled, which was actually the time when Steve became an actual soldier. This poster’s image is actually an art by comic book artist Joe Jusko.
There is a sign saying 400 Prisoners liberated which was when he saved Bucky and the rest of the howling commandos from HYDRA. There is an image of him is from a newsreel looking at a compass of Peggy Carter. And then there’s another headline about the bombing of HYDRA factories which we see in the montage in the first Avengers movie. Lastly, we can see Captain America’s uniform from the first Avengers movie on display.
Isaiah Bradley, the First Captain America
If one can remember, Steve had given his shield to Sam but even so, the shield appears in a museum. And later in the trailer, it is with someone else. It is quite possible that Sam does not feel deserving of using the shield, but a statement he made in the trailer, says otherwise. He says that the legacy of the shield is complicated. This makes one think about what really was complicated about Steve’s history. But, in reality, there’s much more to it.
This statement might be a reference to the Black Captain America, Isaiah Bradley. He was a New Yorker whose life took a turn after Japan attacked Pearl Harbour. After the US lost production of super-soldier serum by the death of Dr. Erkskine, the army still wanted to resume the production. For this, they forcibly recruited and tested 300 African Americans. Out of these, only a few survived, one of them being Isaiah becoming the first Captain America. There is even a rumor going around that Cal Lumbly would likely play this role.
US Agent’s Announcement
In the comic books, Steve Rodgers once walked away from being Captain America. During this time, he took over the persona of Nomad. At that time, the Government was not ready for a black Captain America, so they gave the title to John Walker. But, John Walker took the patriotism too far and became far too violent. He was later redesigned as US Agent. John Walker will be played by Wyatt Russel in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. And during the trailer, we could see him walking onto a football field. Here we may see his possible official announcement as the new Captain America. In MCU, it may very much be possible that Sam gave the shield to the Government for the time being, but they decided to give the mantle of Captain America to this soldier.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier introduces Madripoor.
In the trailer, we see some integral shots of the vibrant fictional Southeast Asian city of Madripoor. This city can be identified by its flag that splashes within the trailer. In comic books, this city is heavily interlinked with the X-men, and many residents from here are tied to Wolverine. It is interesting to see how quickly Marvel has incorporated something which was previously owned by FOX. This reveal could be a sign of confirmation of the existence of mutants and even Wolverine in the MCU.
The city of Madripoor is divide into two parts between the very rich and the very poor. This is quite evident from the shots of the vibrant skyscrapers and the poverty-stricken side of the city, both being shown in the trailer. This tropical island is divided into Hightown and Lowtown. The Hightown being the place where most action seems to take place in the show, while Lowtown could be the area where the Flag Smashers inhabit. More about Flag Smashers will be discussed further below.
Baron Zemo is back!
As of now, from the trailer, we can feel that the show will have Baron Zemo act out as its primary antagonist. But, this seems quite complicated as few glimpses of the trailer show Zemo strolling through Madripoor alongside Sam and Bucky. He is later even shown standing next to Sam while Bucky was in a bar fight.
Baron Zemo is a Captain America villain who first appeared in Captain America: Civil War. In the trailer, we can see him still grieving over his family’s death. He blames the Avengers as he stands before the Sokovian Memorial. Sokovia is a fictional country in the MCU. So, his mission still stands to rid the world of superheroes as he feels that there isn’t a need for them after the threat imposed by Thanos passes by.
As for his appearance, fans were left disappointed that Zemo’s portrayal in Captain America: Civil War was unlike the comic books. But, things seem to be better now as we have caught glimpses of him carrying and wearing his classic purple mask from the comic books. Only time will tell if he really is the main antagonist, or will he team with the Falcon and the Winter Soldier to stop a bigger threat.
Sharon Carter appears in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
One another return is of Emily VanCamp’s Agent 13, Sharon Carter. Canonically she still appears to be a fugitive who has been on the run for seven years, if so she wasn’t affected by the blip. Her first appearance was in Captain America: Winter Soldier, after which she has been on the run for violating the Sokovia accords. In the trailer, we see Carter pointing guns towards the titular heroes. Meaning that she still follows Nick Fury’s advice to not trust anyone.
She is even seen taking on a few henchmen who do not appear to be the Flag-Smashers, therefore we can even expect other villainous organizations to come into play too. Possibly, they could be Zemo’s allies, but nothing can be confirmed yet. Previously, Sharon Carter only seemed to be a form of a disturbing love interest for Steve Rodgers. But right now, she seems like a source to be reckoned with. She is clearly one of SHIELD’s best agents.
Flag-Smasher, the Terrorist Group
In the trailer, we witnessed the terrorist group, Flag-Smashers. They seem to be originating from the lawless land of Madriporian Lowtown. Originally in the comic books, we see that the Flag-Smasher is an adversary to Captain America. Here in the MCU, we have a gender-swapped version of the character as we see Erin Kellyman’s version of Flag-Smasher. They seem to be smuggling or carrying something valuable as we see cargo fields, cargo trucks, and cargo planes. There even is a scene above a truck as the Falcon and the Winter Soldier face the Flag-Smasher. Herein, Winter Soldier is mocked by Falcon for his defeat against the little girl. This group of Flag-Smasher opposes nationalism, and everything Captain America stood for.
You can watch the episodes by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier when it starts premiering on 19th March 2021 on Disney+.