Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Did Kevin Feige Just Confirm This X-Men Addition?

We're just days away from the series premiere of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and fans are [...]

We're just days away from the series premiere of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and fans are incredibly excited to see exactly what it brings to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's been clear that the series will take both Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) on a globe-trotting adventure, and rumors have suggested that the X-men centric island of Madripoor might factor into that. A new quote from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige in the series' recent feature in Entertainment Weekly certainly seemed to support those claims, with him teasing that one big element of the series, in particular, will reflect the properties of the Marvel universe that were previously owned by Fox, prior to Disney's high-profile acquisition of the company.

"There's a setting in particular that people have already glimpsed in some of the trailers that is a setting from the Marvel Comics that was not previously available to us, but it's more of an Easter egg in and of itself," Feige explained.

Created by Chris Claremont and Steve Leialoha, Madipoor is established in the comics as a Southeast Asian island anchored by its major city. Divided into the extremely rich society of "Hightown" and the very poor society of "Lowtown", the island has been at the center of some major Marvel Comics arcs, and has been ruled by the likes of Madame Hydra, Daken, and Mystique at various points in time.

Previous reports had indicated that Madripoor could make its introduction into the MCU in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, although that detail had never officially been confirmed by Marvel Studios.

In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Sam Wilson/Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities — and their patience. The all-new series is directed by Kari Skogland; Malcolm Spellman is the head writer. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is expected to see the return of Emily VanCamp as SHIELD agent Sharon Carter, as well as Daniel Bruhl as the villainous Baron Zemo. The series will bring the debut of John Walker/US Agent, as played by Wyatt Russell.

"It's going to be so cool and kind of crazy. All I can say is it's just new and different from what you've seen so far," Stan said of the series during a previous convention appearance. "I mean, it will be totally in line with everything that has happened and what we've seen and so on, but these characters are getting such additional mileage in terms of learning about who they are now, what they feel, what they're thinking, and there's a lot of action, comedy, you know there's going to be comedy. I feel like you're going to be happy. I think you're going to be very happy. And there's some crazy stuff, like stuff you don't see coming from anywhere."

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