This week on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Baron Zemo’s reintroduction ultimately led to two more explosions from the MCU’s past.
After an in-universe commercial for the GRC (with the tagline “Reset. Restore. Rebuild.”), The episode “Power Broker” opened with John Walker and Lemar joining local police in a raid on the safe house , in which Karli and the Flag Smashers (big band name) lurked last. This cap presses a Confederate on answers and is not afraid of colorful swearing. Finally she threatens the guy with: “Do you know who I am ?!” Even so, given this well-groomed loyalty, they are empty.
Meanwhile, Bucky and Sam arrive at Zemo’s Munich prison, the former insisting on going in alone. If only for fun, Zemo tries his codewords on Bucky, but to no avail. Bucky explains that someone made a Super Soldier serum and needs to find out who – and Zemo feels his despair. Later in a kind of garage, Bucky tells Sam that Zemo is crazy but has a code. Bucky then leads Sam through a “hypothetical scenario” in which a fight in prison breaks out and escalates just as a fire alarm goes off. Just as Bucky has finished his “hypothesis”, an escaped Zemo comes in and Sam realizes that the breakout has already happened. Bucky notes how Sam stuck his neck out to Steve and him once during the Civil War – and now he’s asking him to do it all over again, following that plan.
Zemo searches some of his old cars and belongings and, among other things, reaches for a purple mask. The trio then board Zemo’s private jet – being a baron has its privileges! – Find Selby, a mid-level fence in the island state of Madripoor. They can’t just “go in” as themselves, however, so Bucky slips into his steely role as a winter soldier while Sam is invited to “pimp” his style as Conrad Mack aka Smiling Tiger. When he enters the bar where Selby holds court, “Conrad” is served his “usual” (something that includes a snake’s egg / giblets …?), While Zemo toast Bucky on his “order” to play as a winter soldier and blow some heads. The display makes her see Selby, and she misses the fact that there is a Dr. Wilfred Nagel is located. Before they can continue swapping, Sam receives a call from his sister Sarah, and an already suspicious Selby insists that he answer him over the speaker. Sam controls the conversation with Sarah well enough, suggesting that her situation with the “bank” has to do with money laundering, but when one of her kids screams for Cheerios in the background, the template goes up. But before Selby can get her men to lay Sam down, a bullet shoots past from somewhere and hits them.
Sam, Bucky and Zemo get to their feet when a bounty for Selby’s murder is turned on their heads. As soon as they are outside, they meet the “Guardian Angel” who shot Selby – Sharon Carter, the former SHIELD agent bitter about having to live off the electricity grid since the events of the Civil War, now in Madripoor. That is, she invites everyone to her place and gallery in the Hochstadt to lie down.
The next morning, Sarah leads the boys to the docks and shipping container 4261. Although it appears to be empty, Zemo finds a false wall and he, Sam and Bucky follow the stairs behind it to Nagel’s secret laboratory. Meanwhile, Sharon stays outside to fend off wave after wave of hungry bounty hunters. Nagel eventually gives up being recruited by the CIA to work with blood samples from a test subject (Isaiah Bradley) to restore Super Soldier serum. Nagel boasts that his version is more subtle, just “perfect”. Unfortunately, the snapshot dusted him off before he could finish his work. When he returned, the previously unknown company known as Power Broker was more than happy to fund his research, up to the amount of 20 serum samples so far delivered to Karli. When Sharon walks in to warn that they are running out of time with more and more bounty hunters outside, Zemo uses a gun he pinched to put a bullet in Nagel’s head. Then he disappears amid the excitement caused by an externally fired rocket launcher. Sam, Bucky and Sharon manage to get outside to engage in a firefight, but just as they all run out of ammunition, Zemo disguises himself and saves her bacon. Moments later, Zemo stops in a suitable convertible to take them to safety. Sharon chooses peace, however, and reminds Sam to give her the forgiveness he promised.
However, Sharon has her own secrets when we see her meet up with a secret looking agent and warns, “We have a big problem. A couple of them, actually. “
Meanwhile with the Flag Smashers…. Dovich sets out a GRC station in Latvia and invites Karli to mourn her mother Donya, who had just succumbed to tuberculosis. “We don’t have to do that now,” he suggests, but Karli claims: “Yes, we do.” “The world is ours,” she affirms, and you must use this position to help all the children in the repatriation camps. And now that they have the last Super Soldier serum with Nagels death, the Power Broker is no longer a threat, but will be pleading with them. That night they raided the location of their excess supplies before setting off a car bomb on the front door. They certainly took innocent lives. Dovich is surprised, but Karli insists, “it’s the only language they understand.”
As NuCap and Blackstar investigate Zemo’s jail break and the undeniable roles of Bucky and Sam, now desperate for their own clues, Walker suggests that they get out of the book and target the two Avengers. Blackstar has its concerns, but NuCap argues, “If we get the job done, you think they’ll sweat us out about it, huh?”
In Latvia, Zemo explains to Sam and Bucky how Sokovia was cannibalized and basically “wiped off the map” from neighboring areas after Age of Ultron. When Bucky arrives at her destination, he breaks away from the other two to “go for a walk”. But as soon as he’s alone, we see that Bucky noticed a vibranium bead on the sidewalk … and then another … that all led him down an alley. “You dropped something,” he says before facing Black Panthers Ayo, the deputy of Dora Milaje (played by Florence Kasumba).
“I’m here because of Zemo,” says Ayo.
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