In episode 3 of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, currently airing on Disney +, Sam (Anthony Mackie), Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and Zemo (Daniel Brühl) travel to the ultra-colorful island of Madripoor, a fictional location first mentioned in the New Mutants comics (October 1985 # 32).
It is located in Southeast Asia and is known to be a place of lawlessness. Its non-extradition program makes it a paradise for criminals. There, our two Avengers and their new sidekick will cross paths with Sharon (Emily VanCamp). The former SHIELD agent, wanted for treason, hid here and specializes in the resale of fine art.
A connection to the X-Men
This island is particularly important in the X-Men universe. In the comics, Madripoor is a place of passage for many characters. Among them, a certain Wolverine. The clawed mutant has spent much of his life there. There, he calls himself “the One-eyed” (he wears an eye patch) and protects the population from criminals.
He finds an ally in the person of Seraph, owner of a bar in the lower town. Her name ? The Princess Bar, whose sign we see briefly in episode 3. To prevent La Main and then Hydra from establishing themselves in Madripoor, they will ask Captain America for help. The city was the site of many battles for Logan and his friends.
So what does this mean for Falcon and the Winter Soldier? Probably nothing. It’s hard to imagine a mutant appearing in Falcon and the Winter Soldier (although screenwriter Malcolm Spellman teased the arrival of a character important in episode 5).
Still, the Marvel series for Disney + seem to increasingly set the stage for the X-Men to come to the MCU. WandaVision did it sort of with actor Evan Peters, although it’s more of a private joke than anything else.
Since the takeover of Fox by Marvel, the House of Ideas has recovered the rights to the franchise. If the studios are currently looking into the matter, Feige said in 2019 that the return of the X-Men to the cinema was not for now… And to this day, projects around mutants are just rumors …
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