The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is not an ordinary miniseries. Usually, we just have one villain trying to kill the hero, etc. But The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, in just two episodes, have introduced a bunch of bad guys. The series has already introduced several different layers of conflict. This includes the battle against Karli Morgenthau’s Flag Smashers to the tension with new Captain America John Walker. It is further supported by the impending return of Captain America: Civil War villain Baron Zemo. But the real villain seems to be someone else.
In the wake of all this, the Power-Broker has been subtly introduced and has the potential to rise up as the show’s main villain. Episode 2, “The Star-Spangled Man” features a scene late in the episode where Karli and the Flag-Smashers are seen loading supplies onto an airplane. Then, one of the crew members informs the rest of the team that they have been spotted and must flee the scene. He panics while claiming that “the Power Broker’s men” are coming. A caravan of trucks approaches the runway, brutally shooting down one of the Flag Smashers who stays back to hold them off, and just missing Karli as her plane takes flight.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier mostly seems to be a story revolving around super-soldiers. Hence, it makes sense if the Power-Breaker appears in the series, especially since his comics story is closely tied to that of John Walker. Super-soldiers are pretty evident in the series, and it looks like a lot of them could tie back to the same place. So let’s talk about the Power-Breaker in detail.
Let’s dive into the history of The Power Broker was created by Roger Stern and Sal Buscema and first appeared in Marvel’s Machine Man series in 1978. He became an antagonist to many Marvel heroes. But he has a particular history with Captain America. The Power breaker has never made a live-action appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But his close associate, the mad scientist Karl Malus – appeared as a primary villain in Netflix’s Jessica Jones season 2.
The character’s role in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is still unknown. But we can believe that he owns a massive coup and a bunch of resources. We say this because, in episode 2, they were able to spot the Flag-Smashers. But that’s not it. The very fact that they were spotted by The Power-breaker forced them to flee the scene. This tells us the prominence of the said character. The Power Broker seems to have a vendetta against Karli Morgenthau and the Flag Smashers, which may have existed for some time given the group’s familiarity with the villain.
The Power breaker has provided abilities to many villains within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and this includes John Walker. Apparently, John Walker is not a villainous character yet. But his role is too prominent in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and the Power Broker now also officially in the picture, it’s probable the MCU will follow that same storyline. Episode 2 of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier shows John Walker’s emotional and sympathetic side. In the comics, he’s brash, braggadocios, and clearly undeserving of the shield over Sam, but he doesn’t seem to be a bad person in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
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