And we’re back at it again!
The Star-Spangled Man
The title of this episode is “The Star-Spangled Man.” While it’s obviously a nod to Captain America himself, it’s also a direct reference to the title of the propaganda song “Star Spangled Man” featured in
Shouting Out the Crew
It’s one of the first clear crew Easter eggs that we’ve gotten this season. Following in the footsteps of
You’ve Got a Friend In Him
While we thought that John Walker might be working alone, it turns out that the creative team has turned to the comics to enlist a partner for John Walker. He’s joined in the locker room by his military bud Lemar Hoskins. In the comics, Hoskins was part of Walker’s back-up team known as the Bold Urban Commandos (BUCkies) when he was the villain known as Super-Patriot.
Later, Lemar took on the mantle of Bucky when John Walker was Cap. But he would soon be renamed as Battlestar when it was pointed out to Marvel and Mark Gruenwald that the sidekick’s moniker had similarities to a racial slur. And so Battlestar was born. It’s cool to see Hoskins brought in here, and if this episode is anything to go by it looks like he’ll have a key part to play in Walker’s story. This also isn’t the first time that we’ve seen the character. A different iteration appeared in
A New Addition to Walker’s Life
This isn’t an Easter egg so much as something interesting to note. We meet a woman who seems to be John’s wife here. She’s credited as Olivia Walker. In the comics, John never had a wife or significant other, so this seems to be a new addition to build on the more sympathetic backstory they’re giving the comic book antagonist here.
Getting the Team Back Together
Hoskins talks about “The Team” to Walker. As we mentioned, in the comics, when John Walker was Super-Patriot, he had a crew. So maybe that’s who Hoskins is referencing here. In the comics, the pair’s ex-teammates become the villains Left-Winger and Right-Winger, who attack the pair when they publicly introduce Battlestar at an event. Let’s hope Marvel doesn’t bring them into the fray.
Also, a weird but interesting factoid. In both the story and letter pages of old
Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig
John Walker is debuting at his old alma mater, Custer’s Grove High School in Georgia. It’s all very rah rah patriotism, as well as a little corporate with Cap toys and merchandise. It’s also geographically accurate as in the comics Custer’s Grove is the hometown of Walker.
Good Morning to a New John Walker
Let’s Talk About Money
So in the aircraft hangar where Bucky and Sam reunite, we see a poster for John Walker. Turns out he is sponsored by the US Army. Not only do they use the real logo, meaning Disney must have worked with the Army on the show, but this confirms that Walker is most likely an employee of the government… unlike Sam and the other Avengers, as established last week. So how can Sam use Torres, an active member of the US Air Force, and also US military vehicles to fly into other countries if he isn’t being paid or employed by them? Who knows? But hopefully those contracts will come through soon so he can pay his sister back.
Breaking Down the Big Three
In one of the funniest moments of the season so far, Sam and Bucky argue over Sam’s definition of their usual antagonists. He calls them “the big three: androids, aliens, and wizards.” Bucky is having none of it, although Sam does have a good point. In this case, it doesn’t really fit as the boys are actually fighting Super Soldiers. Still, it’s a fun nod to all the villains they’ve come up against before and honestly does cover pretty much all of them.
Did Bucky Really Order
The Hobbit From the UK?
During this exchange we also get a hint at one of Bucky’s true passions:
Let’s Read Some Comics
While this is almost certainly just a funny coincidence, the cover is too good to not mention. As Bucky and Sam fly to Munich, one of the cases in the plane they jump out of has a flight tag that says “5000 LB CAP.” There’s a brilliant Golden Age cover to
Later on, we see some other potential references in the Flag-Smasher’s hideout. Numbers on a dossier image of Karli Morgenthau show #109, which is likely
The Truth Behind the GRC
Last week we saw strange graffiti that featured the letters GRC. We learn here that stands for the Global Repatriation Council. The org seems to be focused on helping those who were blipped and have returned. But that doesn’t sit well with the Flag-Smashers, who don’t like the fact that no one who survived the Blip seems to be getting help. This could have something to do with their mission. The Flag-Smashers are transporting stolen “vaccines.” But it could be that the refrigerated cases are actually holding the Super Soldier Serum that is giving people the crew their unexpected super strength.
What’s a License Plate by Any Other Name?
An Easter egg, of course! Now sure these are probably just the real truck license plates that we see as Bucky and Sam are getting their butts kicked by the Flag-Smashers. But we had to point out that 5012 does have Marvel relevance. On Earth-5012, Tony Stark becomes the Iron Maniac, essentially an evil Doctor Doom style version of himself. It’s good weird stuff that we will almost certainly not see come to screen, but hey it’s still fun to point out!
Karli breaks the drone known as Redwing—which was just so great to see—and Bucky was as happy as I was about it. But this does raise some very interesting questions. If drone Redwing is finally dead… will we actually get a bird Redwing? Could they possibly make Torres a new hero named “Redwing” instead of him becoming the second Falcon? It’ll be interesting to see, but whatever happens we’re glad Drone-Wing is no more.
Oh Look, It’s Battlestar… Stop the Car
Lemar Hoskins reveals that he does have his superheroic alter-ego. But it’s still unclear whether he actually has powers. Hilariously, this reveal is enough to make Bucky jump out of the car. Apparently he hates a superhero name. It’ll be interesting to see where Lemar and John go from here as we leave them at the end of the episode as potential antagonists.
Someone Isn’t Happy
At the Flag-Smashers hideout, Karli gets some threatening texts. Looks like she “stole something” that wasn’t hers and someone is mad about it. It seems very likely that the texts are coming from Curtiss Jackson, a.k.a. Power Broker. Especially as we know the Flag-Smashers have unexplained superpowers and Power Broker sends some military goons after the crew at the end of this episode.
The Black Captain America
Though they didn’t call him the moniker in the show… perhaps because it’ll come up later, we hope… we meet Isaiah Bradley here. In the incredible comic
The Young Avengers are Coming
Baron Zemo Is Back, Baby
Yep. In a shocking twist, instead of the unexpected allies of the season being the group whose motto is “One World, One People” and who seem to have the support of like every working person on Earth, Bucky and Sam are actually teaming up with the man who was a Nazi in the comics but at a least isn’t one here… Baron Zemo. He did still kill T’Challa’s dad, though, so this seems like an uncool plan. Either way, when we see him he’s in holding cell numbered #2187 which is a reference to
Let’s Look at Those Credits
While last week we had so many in-credits Easter eggs we had to do a breakout post, this week is very similar with no new info as far as we could see. But we did get some new creator thank yous in the proper credits so let’s break them down!
Kyle Baker and Robert Morales: The creators of Isaiah Bradley
Jim Cheung and Allen Heinberg: The creators of Eli Bradley
Michael Carlin: The co-creator of Power Broker, Inc