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‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ had a huge connection to X-Men

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ visited somewhere we’ve never been before

Sam (Anthony Mackie) and CIA Agent Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”
Sam (Anthony Mackie) and CIA Agent Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”
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Warning: This article has spoilers for “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” Episode 3 — “The Power Broker.”

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” recently introduced a new location that has ties to the X-Men comic books.

What happened in Episode 3?

Episode 3 — titled “The Power Broker” — starts with Sam/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) linking up with Zemo (Daniel Brühl) to search for the Super Soldier Serum, which has been giving people superhuman abilities.

  • The trio ends up traveling across the world, including a brief spot in Madripoor, where they meet up with CIA Agent Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), who previously appeared in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and other Marvel projects.

What is Madripoor?

Madripoor is sort of a big deal with the Marvel comics. It’s an island in Southeast Asia that includes a “Hightown” and a “Lowtown,” which is exactly what happens in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” According to ComicBook.com, the city is a central location for plenty of Marvel storylines over the years.

  • Specifically, the island has been heavily featured in the X-Men comic books.
  • Prominent characters such as Madame Hydra, Daken and Mystique ruled the island.

Marvel teased Madripoor debut

Kevin Feige — president of Marvel Studios — recently told “Entertainment Weekly” that we would see a location that hadn’t been available to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Madripoor used to be in the X-Men comics, which means it was a part of the 21st Century Fox studios.

  • “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,” Feige told “Entertainment Weekly.”