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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Teases X-Men Reveal in Mission To Madripoor

Okay, but is Ralph Bohner the Power Broker or what?

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SPOILER ALERT: this post discusses events from episode 3 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

In “Power Broker”, episode 3 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we see Sam and Bucky team up with Baron Zemo to track the source of the super soldier serum. Zemo takes them to the small island nation of Madripoor, which is located in Southeast Asia in the southern portion of the Strait of Malacca. The country was founded by pirates, and has continued to be a haven for the most unsavory and lawless Marvel characters. Madripoor is divided between wealthy and connected Hightown and impoverished and struggling Lowtown. Like its fellow MCU locales Sokovia and Wakanda, Madripoor has a rich history within the Marvel universe, and it’s introduction here sets the stage for the merging of the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Ever since the Disney-Fox merger in 2019, fans have been eagerly awaiting the X-Men’s arrival to the MCU. WandaVision took the first steps in introducing Evan Peters as Quicksilver to the MCU. However, he was revealed to be a fake Pietro (Fietro) and was really a struggling actor named Ralph Bohner who was under Agatha’s control.

An actual introduction of Fox’s X-Men turned out to be an elaborate boner joke, which we must respect. But the inclusion of Madripoor sets the stage for future X-Men reveals down the line. Feige described the setting in a previous interview saying, “There’s a setting in particular that people have already glimpsed in some of the trailers that is a setting from the Marvel Comics that was not previously available to us, but it’s more of an Easter egg in and of itself.”

That’s because Madripoor is primarily an X-Men location. Madripoor first appeared in 1985’s New Mutants #32, by writer Chris Claremont and artist Steve Leialoha. Wolverine spent a lot of time on the island, fighting criminals and eventually co-owning the Princess Bar, which appears in TFATWS. Viewers also caught the Brass Monkey Saloon, which appeared in Captain America #363 by writer (and John Walker creator) Mark Gruenwald and artist Mark Bright.

But while the introduction of Madripoor sets the stage for an X-Men reveal, we’re still a long ways away from the X-Men joining the MCU. Series director Kari Skogland said, “The comics are a great source, but our stories are unique, … They might draw from the comics, but they aren’t actually in the comics so our characters can be unique and evolved and not be tied. We’re not duplicating a story and we’re not duplicating a character. That means if we come up with a group and we need a name for them, then, yes, we might go deep and find something that’s relevant.”

While the introduction of the X-Men may be far off, I hope that the MCU continues to use Madripoor as a location. I mean, a lawless island where anything goes? The storytelling possibilities are endless.

(via Entertainment Weekly, featured image: Marvel/Disney+)

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