As is the case with all Marvel Cinematic Universe projects, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has begun to expand and connect to other stories in the franchise.
Prior to the release of the series, head writer Malcolm Spellman teased that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier would tie into “at least three” upcoming MCU projects, with the first of those inter-franchise connections came at the end of Episode 3.
“I can think of three that I’m not allowed to talk about,” Spellman told Entertainment Weekly.
Warning: spoilers for Episode 3 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will follow.
In the final scene of “Power Broker”, the third episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, it’s revealed that Bucky, Sam, and Zemo are being tracked by Wakandan warrior Ayo, the second-in-command of the Dora Milaje. Still not ready to forgive Zemo for the death of King T’Chaka in Captain America: Civil War, Ayo tells Bucky she’s here for the Baron.
“I’m here for Zemo,” Ayo tells Bucky.
Given the inclusion of Wakanda, the locale’s history with Bucky Barnes, and leaks that tease a major character reveal in Episode 5, many fans have been wondering if the late Chadwick Boseman could appear as King T’Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther.
While a fair question to ask, a cameo from T’Challa appears wildly unlikely, as in-the-know Marvel leaker Charles Murphy tweeted a simple “No” in response to the fan theory.
With Wakanda now involved in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, though, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not Marvel begins to broach the inevitable in-universe discussion of what happened to T’Challa and why he’s no longer the Black Panther, a question that will surely be answered in next summer’s Black Panther II.