Falcon & Winter Soldier Episode 5 Breakdown & Easter Eggs (Nerdist News w/ Dan Casey)

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When is Falcon and Winter Soldier?

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premiered on March 19, 2021, and will run for six episodes until April 23. It is part of Phase Four of the MCU. wikipedia.orgThe Falcon and the Winter Soldier - Wikipedia

What was the cameo in Falcon and Winter Soldier Episode 5?

Who is Valentina Allegra de Fontaine? The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 5 promised fans a cameo by a “well-known performer” playing a “grounded” character — and boy was that an understatement. NDTVThe Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 5 Cameo, Explained

How many episodes of Falcon and Winter Soldier are released?

Since there are only six episodes total in season 1 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we are left with only one more episode after this week. That means the season 1 finale episode will hit Disney+ on Friday, April 23, 2021. GoodHousekeeping.com'Falcon and Winter Soldier' Fans Are Never Going to Be Ready for This Season 1 Episode News

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‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier': What That Big Cameo Could Mean

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The 5th episode of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” featured a totally unexpected — but if we’re being honest, extremely incongruous, tonally — surprise appearance by a real-life American national treasure, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, playing a character we’re willing to bet you’ve never heard of. Who is she? Could she be the mysterious Power Broker who’s been lurking around the edges of the show this whole time?

First, we need to get the context out of the way. So, John Walker (Wyatt Russell) straight-up murdered a member of the Flag Smashers with his shield in last week’s episode, and this week he suffered the consequences. First, he got quite a beatdown from Sam Wilson and Bucky, and then he was formally stripped of his Captain America-ness by whatever U.S. government council oversees that whole thing.

That part rubbed him particularly the wrong way — in part because he’s still ‘roided up from the super serum he took in Episode 4, which means he’s still got that same aggression — and he kind of lost it, angrily denouncing the council and then, talking to his wife afterward, delivering a very Oliver North-esque whine about how no one understands what it takes to be Captain America. It’s a thinly veiled topical reference — this is the sort of defense that people make for cops who just murdered someone.

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And that’s when Julia Louis-Dreyfus shows up out of nowhere, wearing a purple-tinted outfit with matching purple-tinted hair, and introduces herself as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.

Valentina basically shows up to act arrogant, show off that she has a lot of secret information, and offer Walker a job of some kind with whatever organization she works for. We don’t actually know what that is of course — the business card the gives Walker has no text — but the clear implication is that this is a significant meeting and Valentina is a significant new player in the Marvel Universe.

So who the hell is that?

Like a lot of weirdo comics stuff, it’s complicated. But to start, Valentina Allegra de Fontaine was created by writer-artist Jim Steranko, best known for his celebrated late ’60s run on the Marvel Comics series “Strange Tales,” soon retitled as “Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Valentina first showed up in “Strange Tales” #159 in 1967, just before the renaming.

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In the comics, Valentina is an Italian jet setter who joined S.H.I.E.L.D. in an attempt to honor her parents, who apparently died during World War II fighting in “the resistance.” She rose quickly through the ranks however, eventually became the leader of an all-female team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents called Femme Force, and also had an off again, on again romantic relationship with Nick Fury.

Then things get weird. In the 2010 Marvel Comics storyline that inspired part of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” it’s discovered that Hydra has always controlled S.H.I.E.L.D., and worse, Valentina assumes the mantle of the supervillain Madame Hydra. During this period she wore a completely awesome headdress. Check it out:

But then — and guys, we know, comics are just insane sometimes — it turns out that Valentina had apparently always been an unwitting sleeper agent for the terrorist organization Leviathan, which was effectively the Soviet Union’s equivalent of Hydra before becoming an independent organization. After some, uh, comic book shenanigans, she ends up surrendering to INTERPOL and goes to prison. Most recently, it has been revealed that Nick Fury helped her escape from prison, and she’s currently a member of the shadowy organization J.A.N.U.S., a group whose goals aren’t fully understood. (And no, as of this writing we don’t know what the acronym means).

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We lack a lot of necessary information to know what the hell the plan is for her in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But we have a couple of ideas.

But these are just guesses. The only thing we can say for sure right now is that it’s hugely unlikely Marvel would rope Julia Louis-Dreyfus into the MCU and just have her be a one-off cameo. Our guess is, we’re going to see more of her in future Marvel shows. Perhaps she’ll serve as a character who links this all together the same way Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury did for the movies. But again, this is just a guess.

None of those options, by the way, preclude her from being that Power Broker, who still has not revealed herself even as we near the climax of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” We still think Sharon is the most likely candidate, though Valentina is a bit of a wrench in that theory. Also, this week Sharon actually seemed to be working with the Flag Smashers, via Batroc — but the Power Broker has thus far been fighting against those guys.

But this could be some kind of gambit, since Karli didn’t seem to know that Batroc was acting on orders from any other party, so it’s still impossible to draw any conclusions.

That said, if a budding Marvel supervillain is making her arrival on the scene here, commissioning a new super soldier serum would be exactly the kind of thing that could make a big first impression. And coming to Walker now could be a part of that. Whatever the Power Broker’s plans for the serum, they’re obviously all the way out the window at this point. But if Valentina is the Power Broker, and she can have Walker do her bidding, that could be a way for her to salvage those plans a little bit. And if she can take out her enemies in the process, all the better.

The finale of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is just a week away. Presumably we’ll get answers then.

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We did not see this one coming.

Here's who that is and what that means.

(This article contains spoilers for the fifth episode of the Marvel series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” on Disney+) Things are finally coming to a head in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” with the Flag Smashers making their move against the Global Repatriations Council and a rogue Captain America ready to take them down along with anybody else who might breathe aggressively in his direction. And it sure seems like Sam (Anthony Mackie) is just about ready to take on the mantle of Captain America. There’s one big problem, though: The Falcon suit was destroyed near the beginning of the episode during Sam and Bucky’s fight with the superpowered John Walker (Wyatt Russell). But help just might be on the way with that. Or, more correctly, help may already be here. Also Read: 'Falcon and the Winter Soldier': What That Big Cameo Could Mean Midway through the episode, Bucky (Sebastian Stan) meets with the Wakandans to hand over Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), but at the end of the scene he asks for a favor. Whatever that favor is came in a cool looking box that he takes to Sam — and which Sam doesn’t open until the very end of the episode. Unfortunately, they don’t actually show us what’s in the box before the scene cuts away. We’re definitely gonna find out for sure what it is very soon since there’s only one more episode of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” left to go — but in the meantime we think we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. The most obvious answer is that it’s a new Captain America suit, but not like the ones Walker and Steve Rogers before him wore. This one is almost certainly a combo Captain America and Falcon suit, like the one Sam wore in the comics when he became Captain America in that medium. Also Read: 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier': Could Sharon Carter Be the Power Broker? In the comics, the suit is pretty much just a modification of Falcon’s existing outfit, but it’s almost certainly going to be more than that since it comes from Wakanda on “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” We should expect it to be made of vibranium, for one thing — a much needed improvement since Sam is still just a regular human — and probably some amount of strength augmentation. Whatever the particulars of the upgrades, we should expect to see it in action early on in next week’s finale. That’s assuming, of course, that it’s actually this suit in the box. It’s possible, though, that it’s not actually completed yet. It does seem a little bit unusual that the Wakandans would have a winged suit just lying around to hand over on demand, since we haven’t seen anything like that from them thus far in the MCU. Recall also that Sam told his helper buddy Joaquin Torres to try to fix up his other suit — it could be that they’ll still need to strap the wings and engines on this Wakandan suit, which might just be another Black Panther suit. On the other hand, Joaquin Torres is a successor to the role of the Falcon in the comics. It’s just as possible that he’ll end up using those parts on a suit of his own if Sam doesn’t need them anymore. Also Read: 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier': What Are the Flag Smashers Actually Trying to Do? Only one more episode of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” left to go. The finale drops next Friday. Read original story ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier': What’s in the Case? At TheWrap

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The first episode of Marvel's latest show surpassed the debut of WandaVision.

If there’s one thing that WandaVision taught me, it's that I shouldn't expect any massive revelations from an MCU TV series. The Disney+ shows will contain all sorts of clever Easter eggs that will hook right into the MCU, making them all the more enjoyable for Marvel fans who have seen the 23 films that preceded them. They also plant very early seeds for things to come in the MCU. But the TV shows will not deliver any big developments to advance the overall MCU narrative, the storyline that extends beyond the scope of a single series or movie. They also won't feature any huge superhero or villain introductions, although, again, they will plant some seeds that will require further watering in future installments. But what if The Falcon and the Winter Soldier does deliver that one Captain America surprise that everyone has been talking about? Wyatt Russell, the actor who did such a brilliant job playing John Walker’s version of Captain America to the point where he received threats in real life, coyly teased that such a moment might be in the cards. Careful though, because some spoilers follow below. Walker’s Captain America is just one of the Caps that we’ll see in the show. The newest teaser practically told us that there’s no more room for niceties and pretense after what Walker did. He’s not the man for the uniform and the shield, and Sam (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) will face off with him in combat. The three of them are about to fight in what will hopefully be a memorable battle for the MCU, and Sam will get the shield back. That’s not much of a spoiler, considering what we saw in the initial trailers. We have yet to see the scenes with Sam and Bucky training with the shield, which means those events can only happen after they get the shield back from Walker. So, by the end of the show, Sam will likely become the new Captain America, or he will also least be on the verge of becoming Steve’s successor. There’s also a third Captain America who keeps appearing in the show in all the wrong ways. That’s Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers. By wrong ways, I mean that Marvel is going out of its way not to refer to Steve in the present tense. It's now six months after Endgame and Steve isn’t dead. The first episodes of the show established that. He’s retired, but we have no idea if he’s on this planet or off-world. Sam and Bucky mention Steve and his legacy quite a few times, but, as I’ve already explained, they do not talk about him as if he were alive. They don’t think for a second to contact him or wonder what he would do. I called it the show’s main plot hole so far; two superheroes who aren’t really discussing the whereabouts of their friend or wondering if old man Steve is okay. This brings us to a brand new BBC Radio 1 interview with Wyatt Russell (via The Direct), where the actor was asked whether he ever met Chris Evans in real life. BBC Radio 1's film critic Ali Plumb explained his question, saying that a Wyatt-Evans side-by-side photo would “break the internet” right now. That’s when Russell dropped what could easily be the biggest Falcon teaser so far — emphasis ours: Have I ever met Chris Evans? I think I have. I don’t think I’ve ‘shook his hand’ met him, but I think I’ve walked by him somewhere and made eye contact. That counts as being a stalker, that doesn’t count as meeting anybody. But, I guess it would. You just gotta wait until the end of the series and then everybody will be like, 'Oh, wow.’ The last time we got excited about a Marvel star teasing an exciting moment in a Marvel TV show, we found out that Paul Bettany was just trolling fans. The Vision actor was talking about acting alongside himself in the final WandaVision episodes. Whether or not Steve Rogers appears in either of the final two episodes of Falcon, we do know that episode 5 will be highly emotional and will feature a superhero cameo surprise that we might not see coming. We’re looking at a well-known actor or actress playing a well-known Marvel superhero who hasn’t appeared in previous MCU films — and who might not appear in movies anytime soon. So at least we’ve got that going on. Not to mention that Falcon doesn’t need Steve Rogers in it to be a great series. It’s already a fantastic TV show, one that Marvel fans should see even though it isn’t necessary to follow the main movies. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier returns to Disney+ on Friday. The full BBC interview follows below, featuring segments with Erin Kellyman as well, the actress who plays Karli Morgenthau in the series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utJNuSw2iQE

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