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. This was the case with the last episode of The falcon and the winter soldier. Not only did Sam and Bucky visit a prominent mutant-centric location from the Marvel Comics universe with an unlikely ally, but there were several other X-Men Easter eggs during their little visit.
Warning: This post contains spoiler for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 3 get out of here. Proceed with caution. As a result, Sam and Bucky work together with Zemo. You have made an uncomfortable alliance with the villain to discover the truth behind this new super soldier serum that has emerged. In search of leads, the journey takes them to Madripoor, an island nation that may be familiar to those who have kept up with X-Men comics over the years. Bucky once describes it as an old “pirate sanctuary”.
On the Marvel Comics pages, Madripoor is a fictional island in Southeast Asia that has appeared in series such as New Mutants, Wolverine, Hawkeye, and Punisher War ZoneX-Men Blue. The place was featured in New Mutants # 32 by legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont and artist Steve Leialoha in 1985. While it’s a staple of the Marvel Universe in general, it’s often associated with mutants. Earlier set photos during filming suggested that Madripoor may be incorporated into the show’s plot. They also hinted at the possible inclusion of a villain named Ogun. No luck on this front. At least not now.
Additionally, a trailer for the show revealed that the duo were ready to take a trip to Madripoor. In any case, this is an important clue for mutants in the MCU. During the trip to this city they also pass a watering hole called Princes Bar. A character named Patch happens to visit the establishment 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.
Eventually, a character named Selby, who owns a facility called the Brass Monkey, appeared in the episode. She gave the gang some information and was quickly killed. At least it seems so. Deaths in the MCU have a way of not staying. In any case, a character of the same name was a mutant in the comics that was part of the Mutant Liberation Front. So this could also be seen as a link to mutants and the X-Men in the MCU.
This, along with the inclusion of Evan Peters as Mercury in WandaVision, continues to be an argument for that X-Men Get to the MCU sooner rather than later. We know there will be a restart at some point. It’s just a matter of when, not when. In the meantime, the folks at Marvel Studios seem to continue to have a trail of breadcrumbs. Episode 3 of Falcon and the Winter Soldier is available now on the Disney + streaming app.
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