So yeah, plenty of action, plenty of banter, tension to spare, etc. But there’s a mysterious waterfront city in the trailer, as well, and it seems to match earlier reports that the fictional location of Madripoor would feature heavily in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
What is Madripoor?
Marvel’s Madripoor is an island nation/city in Southeast Asia, one known for having a bit of a roughhousing, semi-lawless nature. It’s a perfect place for heroes who operate on the “international intrigue” end of the MCU spectrum to get into some trouble and have some clandestine meet-ups (and public brawls) with new characters.
But here’s the thing: while plenty of Marvel heroes have found trouble in Madripoor through the years (including both the Clint Barton and Kate Bishop versions of Hawkeye, so don’t be surprised if we return here during their series), it was initially created for and is most associated with mutants and the X-Men. So while there’s still no firm plans for how Charles Xavier’s favorite team of child soldiers might play into the MCU, there are plenty of indications that we’ll see elements of their world start to appear here.
Will The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Introduce Wolverine to the MCU?
And among those mutants, or arguably anyone in the Marvel Universe, nobody loves Madripoor more than Wolverine. Logan has spent dozens of adventures kicking around Madripoor, often in his poorly-disguised alter ego of “Patch” (where…he wears an eyepatch as a disguise). Logan even co-owns a bar there, known as The Princess Bar. Set photos from earlier in the show’s production revealed a number of known Marvel locations which are enough to confirm this as Madripoor (notably the Brass Monkey and a place likely doubling as a safehouse for wayward SHIELD or SWORD agents, but no sign of The Princess…yet).
There’s no mutant more suited to the kind of international intrigue that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is apparently playing towards than Wolverine. Plus, someone with adamantium claws is just begging for a dust-up with whoever happens to be carrying the vibranium shield at that moment. Considering how cameo-crazy Disney+ seems to be with these shows, could we get one of the biggest characters in Marvel history introduced (or re-introduced) on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?