“A small step for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a large step for the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” or something like that.
While the third episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier may not have had that much impact on the actual plot of the series — which is already 50% complete! — its implications for the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe could be far greater.
Warning: spoilers for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 3 will follow.
In episode three of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, titled “Power Broker”, Sam and Bucky spring old Captain America: Civil War rival Zemo out of prison, who takes them on a journey to the far east city of Madripoor, the third fictional locale to be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Sokovia and Wakanda.
Madripoor, as Bucky and Zemo conveniently describe it, is an island nation in the Indonesian archipelago that has kept its lawless ways after becoming a pirate sanctuary back in the 1800s. And when it comes to the far east, there are few characters in the Marvel world as synonymous with that section of the world as the one and only Wolverine.
Back in 2014, Marvel Comics released a collection of stories titled Wolverine: Madripoor Nights, which followed Logan’s exploits in the crime-ridden megacity:
“He’s the best there is at what he does…but what he does isn’t very nice. And now, Wolverine has broken out of the X-Men and into his own solo series! Feeling the urge to cut loose, Wolverine travels to Madripoor, an East Indian island full of pirates, cut-throats and smugglers… just the way Logan likes it!,” the official synopsis reads.
Does this mean the MCU incarnation of Wolverine is going to make his debut in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier? Absolutely not. I doubt he’s even mentioned. But with the MCU now officially expanding to Madripoor, the ground has literally been laid for Wolverine to raise all sort of hell when he does eventually show up.
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