The Falcon and the Winter Soldier sees Sam and Bucky fighting in the events taking place after Avengers: Endgame. Both the leads have fought diligently to keep up Steve’s legacy safe. The series has the last two episodes left. But it still has to conclude many storylines. Sam gave up the shield in the first episode and Bucky just couldn’t accept his decision. The show has a number of bad guys, such as Zemo, the Flag-Smashers, and most importantly, the Power Broker.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has many spheres to focus on. For example, who will finally take on the mantle of Captain America, what will happen to the Flag-Smashers, and when will the real Power-Broker step into the spotlight. Recently, Wyatt Russell also hinted at a major cameo at the end of episode 5. People instantly thought that it is going to be Steve Rogers, even though Marvel President, Kevin Feige has made it clear that it will never happen.
One theory that’s caught a lot of attention is that TFATWS‘ version of Power Broker may be an alias meant to conceal a major Marvel villain showing up in the MCU – one with big connections to Daredevil. According to /Film‘s sources, the upcoming cameo is of “an existing Marvel Comics character who is played by a well-known performer… It’s not a character that’s from the Marvel movies. It’s a big Marvel character, and it’s a big actor who hasn’t been named in the series … this is someone we didn’t know was going to be in the series and is an award-winning actor/actress.”
Well, there is another easier theory for all of us to accept. Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin was THE standout villain of the Marvel Netflix Defenders Universe, and fans have been fiercely loyal to the idea of him continuing that performance in the MCU. It will be one hell of a crossover from Marvel Netflix to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kingpin anyway has a gigantic criminal background. Madripoor now established in TFATWS, and a Shang-Chi movie further revealing the criminal side of the MCU’s Asian region, Kingpin is a great bridge between criminal organizations in the East and West. He has a heavy history with other Marvel characters and relations in the Asian region. With Daredevil coming in Spider-Man 3, it’d be nice to see Wilson Fisk come in through TFATWS.
According to recent theories, fans believed that Thunderbolt Ross could be the Power-Broker. Thaddeus Ross is aware of the existence and usage of the super-soldier serum. As we saw in The Incredible Hulk, he was in possession of the serum himself. He went on to inject Emil Blonsky with the serum to transform him into his personal weapon. Ross was last seen in the background of Tony Stark’s Avengers: Endgame funeral. He has shown an interest in the Super Soldier Serum for some time now.
Marvel fans have also been introduced to Wilson Fisk creating his own Thunderbolts team (as Marvel’s Suicide Squad) in the recent “King In Black” event. During the second episode of the Disney+ blockbuster, Karli Morgenthau receives a threatening text saying “You took what was mine. I’m going to find you and kill you.” Marvel could now be setting up Thunderbolts in the MCU now. The Thunderbolts are seemingly beginning to assemble.
The government seems to be bringing more people under its control now. Beginning with John Walker, the government has set the perfect example. The world finally got to see John Walker as an unstable killer, bludgeoning a Flag-Smasher to death with the literal symbol of American freedom. Rumors suggest that a team of Thunderbolts is actually present in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This includes Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s Ghost, Tim Roth’s Abomination, and Black Widow‘s upcoming villain Taskmaster.
In the comics, Thunderbolt Ross has transformed into the Red Hulk to join the team himself. Currently, there are no signs of Ross doing something like this. He will return in the upcoming Black Widow movie, which is set between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, meaning he will be the Secretary of State at the time.
Fans have been speculating that Thunderbolts will be a new project Marvel Studios spins out of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier – so having Kingpin involved would make sense. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is set to establish a lot of other Marvel projects. Hence, this particular series can very possibly establish the rest of Marvel’s Phase 4.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is now streaming on Disney+, with only two episodes left to go. Here’s the official synopsis:
Following the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience—in Marvel Studios’ “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.”
Directed by Kari Skogland, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier, Daniel Brühl as Baron Helmut Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, Wyatt Russell as John Walker, Desmond Chiam, Miki Ishikawa, Noah Mills, and Carl Lumbly.