Three episodes in, The falcon and the winter soldier still pulling threads from the entire Marvel universe, from old villains and old characters, to new characters entirely. But the show’s latest cameo is something completely different, a first appearance for a new “hero” – but also a big new step for Marvel’s cinematic universe. Perhaps.
Fans with eagle eyes watching Falcon and the winter soldier press photos and videos of the trailers, collected two and two months ago, but the third episode of the series “Power Broker”
[[[[Ed. Note: This piece contains spoilers for Falcon and the winter soldier in episode 3.]
What is Madripoor in Marvel Comics?
In Power Broker, Sam and Bucky and their new boyfriend Baron Zemo go to Madrid, a small independent island in Indonesia. Bucky says it was a “pirate sanctuary” in the era of the sails, and according to Zemo, it has retained its “illegal ways” in modern global capitalism.
It’s basically the same in comics: An unfortunate (neon) beehive of scum and villain, available whenever a Marvel comic book writer needs one for history. Madripoor is usually located somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, southwest of Singapore, ruled by any superpower lord or lady or lady of organized crime this year, and is populated by a meager few uber rich and very, very desperately poor.
Why are Marvel fans so excited to see Madripoor’s debut?
Madripoor is a kind of X-Men hero. Although anyone in the Marvel Comics universe can visit the island nation, it was created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Steve Leyaloha in 1985. New mutants # 32 and stories about X-Men have been common ever since. The werewolf even has his own alternate identity as a well-known guy named Patch, who looks just like a werewolf, but dressed in a suit and glasses.
This is a catnip for Marvel fans who are on the lookout for Marvel Cinematic Universe to do something nothing with the X-Men, whether it’s introducing mutants to the setting or just putting other Quicksilver on the show. Not long ago, 20th Century Fox held a movie license for X-Men and all related characters, preventing Marvel Studios from including mutants in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But Marvel returned the X-Men movie license by acquiring Disney at 20th Century Fox, and now the corporation can. For some fans, the feeling is that the mutant character is just such a shocking revelation that Marvel Cinematic Universe loves.
At Power Broker, we also wind down a street long enough to see a sign for Princess Bar,
Werewolf Patch’s Madripoor’s favorite watering hole. But Bucky, Sam, and Zemo walk past him to visit the brass monkey parlor — at least judging by the monkey skull decor. This place was first seen in Captain America # 363. So while The falcon and the winter soldier he may have brought a place to the X-Men, he did it in some way to Captain America.