episode 5 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, entitled “Trust,” set up a huge climactic showdown between the Flag Smashers and our heroes just in time for next week’s finale, but it also found time to drop in even more callbacks and comic book references, as viewers have now come to expect. A recent video on the Heavy Spoilers channel breaks down some of the Easter eggs a casual viewer may have missed.
There are Captain America: Civil War callbacks aplenty in the opening confrontation between Sam, Bucky and Walker in the warehouse. Firstly, the setting mirrors that of the scene in the movie where Steve and Sam keep Bucky trapped while trying to break his Winter Soldier conditioning. And more significantly, the fight that breaks out between the three characters as Sam and Bucky attempt to relieve Walker of the shield echoes the two-vs-one battle between Steve, Bucky and Tony Stark in Civil War‘s ending.
This episode also sees the return of Torres; he is left holding Sam’s broken machine wings, and told to “keep them,” alluding to the fact that his character inherits the title of The Falcon in the comics. (This scene also heavily foreshadows Sam dropping his Falcon moniker in order to become Captain America.)
This episode also introduced Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, better known to comic readers as supervillain Madame Hydra. The Veep star is expected to reprise this role in the upcoming Black Widow solo movie, and it is likely that she will play a recurring antagonist in Phase Four of the MCU, and maybe even help resurrect the now-underground HYDRA organization.
Speaking of recurring antagonists, Zemo exits the series in this episode. His final scene with Bucky takes place at the Sokovian Memorial, referring back to the events of Age of Ultron which led to the creation of the Sokovian Accords. Zemo is escorted by the Dora Milaje to the Raft (the superhero prison last seen on-screen in Civil War and repeatedly mentioned in Jessica Jones), where he will “live out his days”… until Kevin Feige decides it’s time to bring him back.
And in the episode’s mid-credits scene (a first for this show), we see Walker building his own version of the iconic shield. The hammering and welding visuals are reminiscent of Iron Man, while the hammer sound effects were also used at the very end of the credits in Endgame.
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