It remains unclear when the X-Men will make their debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But the Disney + shows keep pushing things in that direction. Such was the case with the last episode of The Falcon and the Winter SoldierNot only did Sam and Bucky, along with an unlikely ally, visit a prominent mutant-centric location from the Marvel Comics universe, but there were several other X-Men Easter eggs on their little visit.
Warning: This message contains spoilers in front of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 3 from now on. Proceed with caution. In the episode, Sam and Bucky team up with Zemo. They have entered an awkward alliance with the villain to uncover the truth behind this new super soldier serum that has emerged. In search of clues, the journey leads them to Madripoor, an island nation perhaps known to those who have kept it X-Men comics over the years. Bucky once describes it as an old “pirate reserve”.
In the pages of Marvel Comics, Madripoor is a fictional island in Southeast Asia that has appeared in series like New mutants Wolverine Hawkeye Punisher War ZoneX-Men BlueThe location was introduced in 1985 by legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont and artist Steve Leialoha New mutants # 32. While it is a fixture in the Marvel universe in general, it is often associated with mutants. Previous set photos during filming indicated that Madripoor could play a role in the show’s storyline. They also pointed to the possible inclusion of a villain named Ogun. No luck on that front. At least not yet.
Additionally, a trailer for the show indicated that the duo would be taking a trip to Madripoor. This is at least one major tip of the cap on mutants in the MCU. Moreover, during the trip to this city, they pass a watering hole called Princes Bar. Coincidentally, a character named Patch makes a regular appearance in the comics. Patch is Wolverine’s alter ego when he visits Madripoor. So this could be a close connection to Wolverine in a roundabout way.
Finally, a character named Selby, the owner of an establishment called the Brass Monkey, appeared in the episode. She provided some information to the gang and was quickly killed. Or so it seems. Deaths in the MCU have a way of not holding. In any case, a character of the same name was a mutant in the comics that was part of the Mutant Liberation Front. Thus, this can also be seen as a link to mutants and the X-Men in the MCU.
This, in combination with the inclusion of Evan Peters as Quicksilver in WandaVision continues to build a case for the X-Men come to the MCU sooner or later. We know there will be a reboot at some point. It’s just a matter of when, not or. In the meantime, it looks like the folks at Marvel Studios will keep laying a trail of breadcrumbs. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 3 is now available on the Disney + streaming app.
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