Please note the following article will contain spoilers, so if you have not yet seen episode 5, we suggest you watch it before reading on.
Episode five is called “Truth” and continues the story of Sam Wilson and James “Bucky” Barnes. Their unlikely alliance with Zemo appeared to have come to an end and we find out what repercussions there are for John Walker after the events of the final act of episode four.
The episodes title is the first Easter Egg of the episode and is a reference to a very popular comic series, Truth: Red, White, and Black. The 2003 miniseries that introduced the concept of Isaiah Bradley and told his tragic story.
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The Next Falcon?
After the fight between Bucky, Sam and Walker, we finally see Torres again. He has been missing for a few episodes but this scene is almost a foreshadowing of things to come. Torres asks Sam what he should do with the wings that Walker broke, to which Sam replied “keep them”. This is callback to the “Next time baby” line from Terence Howard in Iron Man. It may also be the point at which Torres starts on a path to become Falcon like he does in the comics.
We see Bucky meet Zemo at the Sokovia memorial. It transpires that Zemo was handing himself over to the Dora Milaje. They were, however, not taking him to Wakanda but to the Raft. This is the high-security prison that was introduced in Captain America: Civil War. This could be where Zemo meets some other criminals kept under the supervision of General Thaddeus Ross, and invite the birth of the Thunderbolts.
The Red Tails
During the very moving conversation between Sam and Isaiah Bradley, Bradley mentioned the Red Wings. This is a reference to a real Air Force regiment from WW2. For more info check out their Wiki page.
Captain America is Dead
From the start of the series, fans have been wondering over the fate of Steve Rogers. This episode seems to give us closure when Sam Wilson says to Bucky “Steve is gone” insinuating that Steve Rogers is in fact dead in the MCU.
The Big Twist
One of the biggest twists of the season so far came when during this episode when it was revealed that Batroc the Leaper is actually working for Sharon Carter. The fan theories that she may be the Power Broker are looking more likely. One thing we know for sure, however, is that Sharon, Batroc and the Flag Smashers are all working together and Sam Wilson is on their hit list.
During the credits scene, we see John Walker assembling a new shield. It looks like his own version of the Captain America shield but fans of the comics will know this will more likely be his U.S. Agent version.
That Big Cameo
It was recently revealed that there would be a huge cameo in episode five. There was lots of speculation including Black Panther. When it was revealed it was an entirely new character, our thoughts turned to people like Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk. The reality was something entirely unexpected. Many fans were thrilled but many were left a little disappointed.
The cameo turned out to be actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus who you may recognise from Seinfeld and Veep. She is playing the character, Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. Fontaine is an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D and Nick Fury’s lover. She has a very complex storyline in the comic. She will also feature in the upcoming MCU movie, Black Widow.
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 the season finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. In the meantime let us know what your favourite moment of episode 5 was.