After WandaVision pulled the rug out from under many popular Marvel fan theories (Ralph Bohner!) it’s probably too early to start doing too much dot-connecting for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. And yet. Those trippy end-credits for the first episode — “New World Order” — do contain a bunch of Easter eggs. We noticed a reference to “Power Broker” and a bunch of other old-school Marve comic book storyline shout-outs.
But in a very short blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment during the credits, there’s also reference to a fictional island called Madripoor, which, in the Marvel comics continuity, is located near Singapore. The one reference to Madripoor in the credits is the following: Briefly, as text on the screen transforms into the names of the people who actually made The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we see this fragment of fictional news: “Forces from neighboring Madripoor have…committing human rights violations.”
It’s an incomplete sentence, but it seems like it’s a big Easter egg. If Falcon and Winter Soldier takes the action to Madripoor, it will be the first time the MCU has depicted the city on screen. Notably, there’s a big wealth gap in Madripoor, and at one point, Magneto made a temporary base for various X-Men who were displaced by time travel.
Okay, so sure, we got our hopes up that X-Men were coming to the MCU, and technically, Evan Peters was an X-Men actor, and we thought he was playing Pietro in WandaVision, even though that was a fake-out. But what if it wasn’t? What if X-Men are popping in from an alternate dimension, and we’ll see a few of them in Falcon and Winter Soldier…in the city of Madripoor?
It’s all pretty unlikely, but at the same time, it does seem likely that we will see this city. Almost everything in the credits of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier seems to reference something, including the fact that the new “Captain America” totally is the comic book character John Walker.
So, will Bucky and Sam take a trip to Madripoor? We’re just gonna have to wait and see!
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier airs new episodes on Disney+ on Fridays.