Each Easter Egg From Episode 1 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Following on from the excessive emotional stakes of WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier started by reintroducing viewers to the broader world of the post-Blip MCU, exploring what the way forward for this fictional universe would possibly realistically seem like now that Thanos’ victims have all been returned after a 5 12 months absence. However as a lot because the collection premiere, “New World Order”, seemed ahead, it additionally took time to acknowledge the previous.
This occurred most overtly within the scene the place Sam Wilson donated Captain America’s iconic defend (which Steve Rogers bequeathed to him in Avengers: Endgame) to the Smithsonian Museum, echoing the dialogue through which he expresses his feeling that he’s not its rightful proprietor. However the episode was additionally filled with subtler nods to the MCU’s prolonged historical past, and the place that the Falcon, the Winter Soldier, and Cap himself have in it.
In a brand new video on the All the pieces All the time channel, Michael Roman gives a rundown of the indirect Easter eggs and MCU references that may be discovered within the episode.
First off, there’s the reprise of Georges St-Pierre as Batroc the Leaper. Whereas in all probability too huge to be thought-about an Easter egg, the pirate’s presence within the opening motion sequence is an instantaneous callback to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a film whose story beats and overarching themes look set to be continued right here within the present.
The episode additionally attracts parallels between the monetary scenario of Sam and his household, and the therapy of veterans who return to the USA after fight—once more, a thematically resonant plot level given how this present is anxious with the notion of heroes, nationhood, and the navy.
Maybe most significantly to the continuing plot of the present, nevertheless, are the quite a few allusions to super-soldier serum. This was, in fact, how Steve Rogers initially grew to become Captain America through the Second World Warfare, and the superior power demonstrated by the Flag Smashers throughout their heist appears to be inviting viewers to check the 2.
Coupled with Sam Wilson’s anticipated character arc, which can presumably finish in him taking over the Cap mantle on the finish of the present, it is in all probability honest to say that the plot of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (to not point out all the Marvel references therein) will relate most closely to the Captain America trilogy.