5 Easter Eggs From 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' Episode 4 You Might Have Missed

Philip Ellis
·2 min read

Episode 4 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, entitled "The Whole World Is Watching", rewarded longterm MCU fans with a return to Wakanda and a kickass fight scene featuring the Dora Milaje. But it was also full of subtler references and allusions, as a video on the Heavy Spoilers channel explains.

Within the world of Marvel Comics, Latvia (where much of this episode takes place) shares a border with Latveria, a fictional country which is home to one of the most famous supervillains of all time, Doctor Doom. This setting may be coincidental, or could just be a brief nod to the character, but given that many WandaVision viewers believed that the arrival of at least one of the Fantastic Four was being heralded, it's possible that this is yet more foreshadowing.

The video also draws a parallel between Karli's words at Donya Madani's funeral, and the speech that Sharon Carter made at Peggy's memorial service in Captain America: Civil War. Both scenes involve characters vocalizing their own values while paying tribute to the women who helped shape them. Inviting comparisons between the two women is an interesting creative choice, given that Karli's goals (if not her methods) are shown to be well-intentioned, while Sharon is looking increasingly shady.

When Zemo makes his escape during the fight between John Walker and the Dora Milaje, Sam describes it as "pulling an El Chapo." This is in reference to a real-life drug lord who had tunnels built beneath his home so that he would easily be able to evade capture by the authorities.

The climactic fight between the Flag-Smashers and Walker includes a number of callbacks. The staircase sequence, where Walker shows off his newfound super-strength, echoes the staircase fight from Captain America: Civil War. Shortly after, Bucky shows off some of the knife skills that he first demonstrated in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Photo credit: Men's Health
Photo credit: Men's Health

And while not an Easter egg per se, the video does point out the way in which Walker's rageful murder of the Flag-Smasher in that final scene, captured on camera by several bystanders, provides some timely social commentary. Here is a man in uniform ostensibly working to protect the public abusing his power and killing somebody who is unarmed. While race and inequality have been thematically baked into The Falcon and the Winter Soldier from the very first episode, this is the most obvious example so far—and may well precipitate Walker becoming a full-blown villain, as many fans already suspect.

You Might Also Like