“Power Broker,” the third episode of “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” introduced Marvel followers to a location solely talked about in the MCU earlier than however with quite a lot of historical past in the comics. The fictional Southeast Asian island of Madripoor is a hotbed of contraband, fugitives and felony motion, however in the comics, is as well-known for being dwelling to mutants as to Hydra.
While “Wandavision” teased X-men followers with potential connections to the non-MCU X-men movie franchise with its casting of Evan Peters, the second sequence in the MCU delivered a traditional X-men location. Sam and Bucky’s investigation into the new supersoldier serum discovered the duo teamed up with Baron Zemo, who leads the unlikely partnership to Madripoor. Marvel followers will acknowledge the island from titles as numerous as “Avengers,” “Iron Man” and, sure, “X-men.”
Madripoor Began As An X-men Locale
While followers simply glimpsed the island for the first time in the MCU, longtime readers of the comics had been launched to Madripoor in the pages of “New Mutants.” Since its first look in 1985, the creation of author Chris Claremont and artist Steve Leiahola has been a backdrop for, and even dwelling to, mutants of all stripes.
Over the years since then, the former pirate haven housed the group often known as X-men Blue and even had its personal model of the well-known X-mansion. Mystique tried to show the island into an Amsterdam for Mutant Growth Hormone in “All-New X-Men” and Magneto used the island to gap away a time-displaced model of the authentic X-men group earlier than they had been taken again out of continuity. And maybe most notably for these itching to see X-folks launched to a franchise dominated by Avengers, the island is the place Captain America first met Marvel’s most ubiquitous mutant.
In the pages of “Uncanny X-men” No 268, the “star-spangled sentinel of liberty” Steve Rogers takes on the Hand, the magical Ninja gang created for the pages of Marvel by Frank Miller. On the streets of Madripoor’s “Lowtown” in 1941 Captain America finds himself teamed up with Logan, who followers know from hundreds of comics and 9 movies as Wolverine. The Chris Claremont penned and Jim Lee drawn concern is a touchstone for the Logan/Cap buddy story.
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While Madripoor is probably most well-known for its relationship to perpetual-fan-favorite Logan (and his a lot much less fashionable son Daken), the island has been dwelling to loads of non-mutants as effectively. Supervillain societies appear to have a selected affinity to the port metropolis, which is mostly portrayed as an anarchic hub of illicit commerce. Over the years Madripoor has been more-or-less hospitable to not simply the Hand, however A.I.M. and Hydra.
As “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is already knee-deep in Hydra mythology, we’re prone to see this thread explored extra. While the Hydra of the comics has moved from its early affiliation with Nazism, its theoretical welcome of mutants is fairly hardly ever evidenced in the pages of the comics themselves. The group would appear an unlikely automobile for such an auspicious introduction to MCU, however hopeful X-fans will little doubt be watching “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” extra intently for Easter eggs and indicators of something mutant.