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Did You Catch the Filipino Words During the End Credits of Marvel's The Falcon and The Winter Soldier?

What do they mean?
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Pop culture geeks must be having the time of their lives this week. A day after the premiere of Zack Synder’s Justice League, the filmmakers’ cut of the superhero movie, it was Marvel’s turn to titillate fans with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier dropping on Disney+. 

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is the second TV series in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following Wandavision, which concluded its nine-episode run two weeks ago. The six-episode series follows the adventures of Sam Wilson aka the Falcon (played by Anthony Mackie) and James “Bucky” Barnes as the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) after the events of Avengers: Endgame.

The first episode has garnered near universal acclaim, according to the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which has so far given it a 93 percent approval rating based on over 100 reviews. Clearly, Marvel is on a roll and it seems like fans can’t get enough of the MCU.

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Disney+ is not yet officially available here in the Philippines (unless you have VPN), so we won’t talk about the episode too much. But there is an interesting tidbit about it that might interest Filipino fans.

If you watch till the end, the end-credits is chock-ful of easter eggs and retcons to previous entries in the MCU. Apparently, in one of them, there are Filipino words that flash. Some eagle-eyed fans on Reddit posted this screenshot:

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The text clearly says "Isang Mundo, Isang Tao" (One World, One People) over a cityscape filled with modern-day skyscrapers. What could this mean?

Reddit users have a theory (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!)

The episode introduced an anarchist organization named the Flag Smashers, which basically wants to restore the world as it was after Thanos snapped his fingers, meaning half of humanity gone. According to u/RedXerzk, the image in the screenshot is of the fictional country of Madripoor, which exists in the MCU much like Wakanda or Sokovia.

In the comics, Madripoor is located in Southeast Asia, somewhere near Singapore and the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The country is known as a place of great income inequality, where the very rich live co-exist with the very poor.

OTHER: The words "Isang Mundo, Isang Tao" can be seen in the ending credits for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier from r/Philippines

u/RedxXerzk theorizes that “Isang Mundo, Isang Tao” sounds like the motto of the Flag Smashers. Which would make sense, since the group advocates for a world “unified without borders,” as the Falcon’s ally Joaquin Torres described them in the episode. We already know based on spoilers and the trailer that the main characters will visit Madripoor in later episodes.

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Is the appearance of the Tagalog words a hint that Filipino characters might appear in the series, perhaps playing members of Flag Smashers? Or maybe there’s just a Filipino crew member who put that in as a pleasant surprise for Filipino fans. Whatever it is, we’re digging this latest entry in the MCU and will definitely be watching and waiting how it all unravels.

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