While each Marvel project tells its own unique story, every installment is riddled with subtle nods to the MCU's past and what's to come in the future.
From Wakanda being marked on a map in Iron Man 2 eight years before the fictional nation made its on-screen debut to Stephen Strange being casually name-dropped in Captain America: The Winter Soldier before the former neurosurgeon was the MCU's resident Sorcerer Supreme, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not exactly shy when alluding to what's to come.
“EASTER EGGS EVERYWHERE”
The holiday is not for another month, but Easter egg hunting season runs year-round in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In an exclusive interview with The Direct, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier director Kari Skogland emphasized the series will be peppered with nods to the MCU's past and future:
“There’s Easter eggs everywhere. We place them as organically as we can. They come out of us being in a scene and thinking, ‘Oh, that’s a great place to put [one].’”
While there are apparent nods to established characters and locations, Skogland teased that the series will include some Easter eggs that nod to concepts that have yet to make their way to the screen:
“I have to say it’s always a surprise. Even I won’t know necessarily where it’s going to take us. It’s a path of discovery.”
WHAT COMES NEXT?
Just like WandaVision made numerous nods to Skrulls, Thanos, and the Sokovia Accords, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier promises to acknowledge events and characters from MCU past. But what about the future?
Elizabeth Olsen's solo sitcom presented numerous unresolved teases that will presumably be touched upon in later projects. Expect Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan's star-spangled series to similarly drop lines and include iconography that will be brought up down the line.
With that said, there are a few specific Easter eggs fans should look out for in this show, most notably concerning a certain metal-clawed mutant.
While a Wolverine appearance is far from likely, nods to Weapon X are very much expected. Wilson and Barnes are set to head to Madripoor, a fictional nation directly linked to Logan in the comics.
Beyond that, a biker gang rocking the Ogun symbol has been spotted in numerous trailers. On the page, Ogun is a martial arts master and antagonist to, you guessed it, Wolverine.
Mutants are still a ways away from making their physical MCU debut, but that doesn't mean their existence won't at least be hinted that.
Marvel fans will get to go Easter egg hunting once again next Friday, March 19, when The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premieres exclusively on Disney+.