Please note the following will contain spoilers, so if you have not yet seen this episode we suggest you watch it before reading on.
The second episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier started with a celebration of our new Captain America and continued looking at the intricate and complicated relationship between the two leading characters. Over the course of the episode, we were treated to plenty of Easter eggs and nods to the comics and previous MCU projects.
Star-Spangled Man With a Plan
As previously stated, the episode opened with the new Captain America (John Walker) preparing for an interview. In a quiet moment backstage, Walker is seen discussing his fears of taking on the role. During the scene, he is referred to as the “Star-Spangled Man With a Plan”. This is a nod to the song from Captain America: The First Avenger.
Captain America Figure
As John Walker is heading through the crowd to the aforementioned interview, he stops to sign the box of a Captain America Figure. The scene is a stark reminder of the way that children idolize superheroes and the example that they should be setting.
The Big Three
This scene was shown during one of the trailers but is still hilarious. During the scene, Wilson is discussing the Flag Smashers with Bucky when he states they must be up against one of the “Big Three”. Androids, Aliens and Wizards. Bucky points out that there is no such thing as Wizard to which Sam replies Doctor Strange is a wizard. The response “Doctor Strange is a sorcerer” gives us the line of the episode when Sam replies “a sorcerer is a wizard without a hat.”
During the scene, Bucky also asks if they are facing Gandalf and says he knows the character as he read the Hobbit when it first released in 1937. The interesting thing here is that the book only published 1500 copies in its first run, making Bucky one of the lucky few to have had a first edition print. Imagine how much that would be worth today.
Falcon Jumping Off The Plane
The scene on the plane has Bucky and Sam arguing over whether Sam should have given up the shield. The argument finishes as Falcon is about to jump off the plane reminiscent of the way Captain America did in Avengers Assemble.
We’re not sure what this number plate references, but episode 2 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is the second time it’s been seen. The first time was in episode 8 of WandaVision. The plate was on the car that Wanda drove from the S.W.O.R.D. base to the plot of land that Vision had purchased.
Later in the episode, Bucky takes Sam to meet Isaiah Bradley. For those familiar with the comics this will be a standout scene as it is the first time we have met the veteran Isaiah Bradley in the MCU. It is revealed that he was injected with a super serum that resulted in him having super strength and abilities similar to Steve Rogers and Bucky. Comic fans, however, will know that this character was Captain America. The first black Captain America in the comics.
During this scene, we are also introduced, albeit briefly, to his grandson Elijah Bradley. The meeting here is brief but may have more significance to the bigger picture in the MCU. Elijah Bradley is known in the comics as Patriot, a member of the Young Avengers. A team that Marvel Studios are rumoured to be building and will hopefully introduce properly sooner rather than later.
The Power Broker
During the credits of Episode 1, we saw a few teases in messages written in the background. It looked like “Power Broker”, an organization in the comics that is dedicated to creating superhumans. This episode confirmed their appearance and showed that the Flag-Smashers were stealing the Power Brokers Super Serum.
While Sam and Bucky are attempting to locate the Flag-Smashers, Bucky has a suggestion that they go and speak to the Captain America: Civil War villain, Baron Zemo. Zemo is still held in captivity but has an in-depth knowledge of Hydra and may at least be able to help track the Flag-Smashers down.
While this isn’t a definitive list of every Easter egg and callback in this episode, these are the ones that stood out to us the most. Tune in to Disney+ next Friday for episode 3. In the meantime let us know what your favourite moment of episode 2 was.