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🚨Warning: There are MASSIVE spoilers ahead for Episode 4 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+!🚨

1.

First, the flashback to Wakanda is set before the events of Infinity War, so if you wanna cry, this is another reason why Bucky was so excited to see Steve when he arrived in Wakanda because he was finally free of the Winter Soldier programming.

Bucky crying and hearing "You're free" vs. Bucky and Steve hugging in "Infinity War"


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I care very deeply about James “Bucky” Barnes.

2.

When Ayo and Bucky talk in the beginning of the episode, this is actually the first time we’ve heard Bucky speak the language of Wakanda.

Bucky saying, "He's a means to an end" and Ayo saying, "Eight hours, White Wolf. Then, we come for him"


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And of course, Ayo refers to Bucky as “White Wolf,” which was a nickname given to him in Wakanda. In the comics, White Wolf was the name of Hunter, a man who crash landed near Wakanda when he was younger and T’Chaka adopted him.

3.

Outside of the apartment Sam, Bucky, and Zemo are hiding in you can see the number “23.” This could be a nod to Captain America Vol 5. Issue #23, which is a comic in the Civil War arc that follows Bucky.

A yellow arrow pointing to "23" on a building


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4.

Bucky tells Sam and Zemo that he knows when he’s being followed, which is just a great detail that links to the end of Episode 3 when Bucky knew Ayo was watching, but Zemo and Sam had no idea.

Bucky telling Zemo and Sam, "'Cause I know when I'm being followed"


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5.

You can see that Zemo is wearing a purple sweater, which is a nod to purple being Zemo’s signature color from the comic books.

An arrow pointing out Zemo's purple sweater


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6.

When Sam is looking for information on Donya, you can spot the Flag Smashers logo throughout the office he walks through, and in the school, you can see children traced their hands on colored paper, which is another nod to the logo.


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7.

Zemo mentions his son in this episode, and of course, the death of his son and wife in Sokovia was Zemo’s main motivation to take down The Avengers in Captain America: Civil War.

Zemo in "Civil War" telling T'Challa, "My father...still holding my wife and son in his arms. And The Avengers? They went home"


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8.

Okay, we see Sharon briefly in this episode, and I’m really loving the theory that she could actually be the Power Broker (or is working with them). I mean, she’s doing pretty well for herself in Madripoor and is very interested in Karli.

Sharon saying that the Power Broker went wild after Nagel's death and Madripoor is "about to get real nasty"


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This would be such an amazing plot twist.

9.

Sam mentions that he used to council soldiers dealing with trauma, which was first mentioned in Captain America: The Winter Soldier when Sam and Steve met.

Sam saying, "I used to counsel solders dealing with trauma, okay? This is right in my wheelhouse" and Sam telling Steve to visit the VA sometime


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10.

Hoskins tells John Walker he would take the super soldier serum if given the chance, and in the comics, Hoskins does become a super-soldier thanks to the Power Broker’s experiments.

John asking Hoskins, "If you had the chance, to take the serum, would you do it?"


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11.

Also, Hoskins talks about how the serum only enhances the traits of a person, which is a direct callback to Dr. Erskine’s speech from Captain America: The First Avenger.

Hoskins saying, "Power just makes a person more themselves, right" vs. Erskine telling Steve that he was chosen because he's a good person and the serum "amplifies everything that is inside"


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12.

When Sam gets a text from Karli, his phone reads “3:12 p.m.,” now I love my Marvel numbers and this is probably a nod to Captain America #312, which is the comic that introduces the Flag Smashers.


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13.

When John Walker busts through the door while looking for Karli, it’s very similar to the shot of Steve and the Howling Commandos going into battle for the first time together in Captain America: The First Avenger.

Walker hiding behind the shield vs. Steve hiding behind the shield


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14.

Bucky’s little knife flip is a great nod to his knife flip from Captain America: The Winter Soldier that fans, myself included, absolutely love.


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15.

Hoskins death doesn’t happen in the comics, but in the show it’s an interesting parallel to Steve losing Bucky. Of course, John losing his BFF causes him to go on a murderous rampage, unlike Steve, further highlighting their differences.

Walker over Lemar's body saying his name vs. Steve crying after Bucky fell


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16.

John Walker killing a Flag Smasher with the shield is the first time there has been blood on Captain America’s shield. In the comics, Walker actually kills Professor Power while he’s Captain America, which is one of the few times Cap has killed anyone.

Walker standing with blood on the bottom of Captain America's shield


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Of course, this also highlights what Dr. Erskine’s speech was about. Basically, the serum amplified Walker’s horrible qualities.

17.

And finally, throughout the episode and of course at the end, you see everyone filming Walker’s actions on their phones, which links to the episode title “The Whole World Is Watching.”


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Did you catch any other Easter eggs or cool details? Have a better theory for one mentioned above? Tell me everything in the comments below!

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