We hope that you have been able to pull yourself together after WandaVision (we’d be lying if we said we did), before diving into The Falcon and The Winter Soldier! Here are all the Easter eggs and neat details we spotted in the first episode, New World Order!
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🚨Warning: Spoilers ahead for Episode 1 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+!🚨
Did the first words in the series sound familiar? That's because they are from the last conversation we saw between Sam and Steve in Avengers: Endgame. Cue the tears.
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Speaking of that same conversation, Sam puts Caps shield in the same bag Steve had the shield in when he gave it to him. Please don’t tell me it's monogrammed 😭.
Lt. Joaquin Torres, Sam’s "man on the ground" in the opening flight scene, is actually a big character from the comics. Joaquin takes up the Falcon mantle while Sam is Captain America.
This time around Redwing gets a bit more screen time and some neat “chirps”. In the comics, Redwing is an actual falcon Sam shares a telepathic link with.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it's ze leaper Georges Batroc! He should look familiar, we first saw him leap (ha) into action in Captain America: The Winter Soldier when Steve had a badass fight with him on a ship.
Coincidence?! We think not! In Captain America: The Winter Soldier the first big bad Cap fights is Batroc - this time Sam’s first feud is with the same dude!
Torres mentions a group called the "Flag Smashers." In the comics, Flag-Smasher is held by two different villains, both of which have been Captain America Villains. And yes, their motivations are the same, liberate every one of government rule.
Thanks to so many smart and observant people in the MCU fandom, we’ve all seen this one coming. As Sam is handing over Cap's shield to the Smithsonian, the poster of Captain America is on Sam's left. This is a reference to "on your left", from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
When Sam and Rhodey walk through the Captain America exhibit, we see that it has been updated for the events of Avengers: Endgame. It also includes his final mission to return the Infinity Stones in their proper place in time.
In the same exhibit, we also see the cover for the first Captain America comic book from 1941. It’s famous for many reasons but most importantly for Captain America punching Hitler.
Ok, the last one from the exhibit. We can see Steve's selective service card with the "4F" stamp. He was given this at the beginning of Captain America: The First Avenger.
We had to pause the show for this one! Bucky pulls out a list of names for people he wants to make amends to. It includes some notable names: Rostov is a reference to the Red Barbarian, who imprisoned Bucky in the comics. Zemo is Helmut Zemo, who was the villain in Civil War and will also be in the show! And Kaminski references Len Kaminski, who worked on stories with Sam Wilson in them.
We can’t help but think the moment Bucky helps Yori in the alley is a parallel to Bucky helping Steve (pre-super-soldier serum) in the alley in Captain America: The First Avenger.
Sam and Sarah's boat is named after their parents, Paul and Darlene Wilson, which is the same in the comics.
WHiH strikes again! When Sam is watching the press conference, it's being broadcast by WHiH World News, it’s the same network we have seen throughout the MCU. Most recently in WandaVision.
Although he had half a minute screen time, the new Captain America is played by Wyatt Russell as John Walker. In the comics, John Walker is US Agent. Also chosen by the government to take up the Captain America mantle. It gets worse! John grows increasingly violent, yay, can’t wait.
Alright, you have to have a fast pause finger for this one. In the end credits, we see a reference to Madripoor, which is a major city in the X-Men comics and at one point gets taken over by Hydra.
And finally, we see the words from the red Hydra book that Helmut Zemo used in Captain America: Civil War to reactive Bucky's Winter Soldier programming.
Did you catch any Easter eggs or cool details we didn’t mention?
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