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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Fans Think the Power Broker Is Hiding in Plain Sight

The Disney+ show seems to be setting up the reveal of a surprise villain we've already met.
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If you, like me, have been watching Marvel jams since the days of Iron Man, you know when something's off in one of these things. Take The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which doesn't really have a villain yet. And no, it's not Carly Rae Morganthal and the Flag Whackers, or whatever the hell they're called.

It's probably this Power Broker character, whom the last episode made a few wink-wink references to. The Power Broker is supposedly the Don Corleone of Madripoor—a shadowy, mysterious, puppeteer behind a world of crime and intrigue. Now, again, if you've been watching these things for a while, you'll know that the Power Broker isn't someone we haven't met yet. The villain is probably a familiar face, who's being saved for an oh-shit reveal down the line. Of course, if you had any doubt, the faithful Marvel fans on Reddit have a few ideas as to what's going on with the Power Broker. Let's play Pin the Tail on the Marvel Villain, shall we?

The first—and most popular theory—comes via Reddit user super_slimey00. And it involves our recently reintroduced friend, Sharon Carter. You probably noticed that she isn't quite the happy/hopeful character she was in Captain America: Civil War. She's a bit cynical nowadays, even if she seems to be doing pretty damn well living in this criminal underworld...? Here's what the Reddit user had to say:

I honestly think it’s obvious she potentially helped Karli steal the serum, supports the flagsmashers and might have some of the serum herself.

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er reaction to when Zemo killed Nagel was peculiar and she talked about the “problems” they had AFTER the event probably didn’t expect Nagel who literally develops the serum to have died

A villainous member of the Carter fam would be a solid (and maybe even too likely) reveal. Far more interesting is this next theory, which poses that Isaiah Bradley is pulling the strings here. This one checks out: Look at how Reddit user Ezra_Pound theorizes that Bradley, who was disgraced and abused by his country despite fighting for it, begins to help the Flag Smashers.

He funds the Flag Smashers because he has a grudge against the country who experimented on him and the countries who shot at him.

He has access to super soldier serum in his own blood stream, he’s either reverse-engineered it or he’s giving them full blood transfusions.

I also think the emotional cameo in episode 5 is going to be a young version of him in flashback - basically Marvel stealing the “sympathetic villain backstory towards the end of the series” formula from the Netflix shows.

Although the Bradley theory feels like a winner, here's one last left-field idea for you. User Omegared12 thinks the Power Broker is... Thunderbolt Ross. Remember that dude? He showed up as the main villain in The Incredible Hulk. Played a military big bad who Hulked himself up into a roided-out monster called the Abomination. He's also been confirmed to reappear in the upcoming She-Hulk TV series, so check out what the user has to say.

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Just think about it. The Thunderbolts are being set up. And thunderbolt ross ALREADY had a supersoldier serum. Thats very similar to the flag smasher one. Unlike caps serum which transforms you into a physical beast, the Flag smashers and the serum from Incredible hulk both keep you normal looking while enhancincing your abilities. Also why wouldnt he give away low level super powers in order to get funding from the Govt to create people like John Walker and Battlestar.

There you go. Got your theory fix for the day? Good. Looks like we're going to have about 30 super-soldiers running around by the finale. Bring on the chaos.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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