Power Broker: Visit Lovely [REDACTED]!
Happy Friday, Marvel Blog True Believers! You know the drill: if you haven’t seen this week’s brand new episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, “Power Broker,” released for streaming on Disney+ on Friday, April 2nd, 2021.
If you haven’t seen the episode yet and you want to avoid spoilers, you’ll want to hop a plane and get on out of here! You could consider checking out Marvel Blog’s coverage of the Spider-Man “stuntronic,” arriving soon at Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California.
Visiting Madripoor in “Power Broker”
In “Power Broker,” Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) frees his former enemy, Baron Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl) from incarceration. Soon after being freed, Zemo takes Bucky and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) aboard a private plane bound for Madripoor (traveler tip: do not accept in-flight food from the Baron).
Naturally, the fictional neon-lit island principality has its history in the panels of Marvel Comics! Read on!
A SNIKT-story of Madripoor
In the panels of Marvel Comics, Madripoor is most closely associated with a particular character: the mutant known as Logan, A.K.A. Wolverine!
Madripoor first appeared in New Mutants #32 (1985) by Chris Claremont, Steve Leialoha, Glynis Oliver, and L. Lois Buhalis.
In that issue, the New Mutant team heads to the fictional Pacific Island nation of Madripoor. As we learn in that issue, Madripoor is considered to be “Earth’s version of Mos Eisley Spaceport” – in other words, a wretched hive of scum and villainy.
Well, that history checks out with what we learned from this week’s episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, doesn’t it?
However, perhaps one of the most notable events to occur in Madripoor takes place in Uncanny X-Men #268 (1990) by Claremont, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Oliver, and Tom Orzechowski. In this story, which is set in “late summer of 1941,” Captain America himself visits Madripoor!
And it isn’t just the fact that Steve Rogers visits Madripoor in this issue that makes it so important. It’s also the first time that Logan met Cap!
As suggested by the cover, later in that issue, the American symbol and the mutant end up teaming up with the super-spy, Black Widow.
We already know that Florence Pugh is joining the Marvel Studios’ series, Hawkeye, as Yelena Belova. Could we be seeing some more mind-blowing guest stars in the next few episodes, True Believers? Or do we have another “Fietro” (Evan Peters) on our hands?
As those who already saw “Power Broker” are aware, the White Wolf already had a surprise (but familiar) encounter at the conclusion of the episode – as is appropriate for a story being told in the mighty Marvel method!
But are there more surprise encounters lurking in the shadows of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of Madripoor and the Power Broker? Check out George Marston‘s article on Game Radar, for more back story about the city, and stay tuned, True Believers!