All the Marvel Movie Characters Showing Up in 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier'

So… who was that guy again??

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Compared with WandaVision, Disney+’s first Marvel Cinematic Universe series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is much more similar, tonally, to the movies in the franchise, especially the ones fashioned after political dramas and spy thrillers. As such, it picks up where a few of them left off reintroducing characters into the story that casual viewers may not remember seeing in the movies, or may remember seeing, but don’t remember the names of or their significance. The third episode tosses two more of these players into the mix and might have you feeling disoriented, perhaps as if you were blipped out of existence for five years.

The good news is we’ve got you covered, here to remind you of any key characters you may have forgotten about. (And if you were toying with the idea of rewatching a few of the movies to refresh your memory, we recommend prioritizing Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and Black Panther.) We’ll update this list if any more show up, so check back here if there are any more Marvel faces you half-recognize.

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You might have recognized a minor villain in the first episode of the show, during that great opening sequence when Sam Wilson saves a hostage from a bunch of terrorists. That French guy in the purple jacket was Georges Batroc (Georges St-Pierre), a wanted criminal and pirate (and parkour enthusiast) who’s been running around with the LAF, a post-Blip criminal organization capitalizing on the world’s confused state to make a profit. We first met him in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when he had an unfortunate encounter with Captain America that ended in him getting sent to S.H.I.E.L.D. for interrogation. (Little did Cap know, Batroc was actually hired by Nick Fury to steal information about Project Insight, the network of eye-in-the-sky Helicarriers HYDRA-controlled S.H.I.E.L.D. almost launched all over the world.)

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Baron Zemo

Baron Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl) was the secret main antagonist of Captain America: Civil War, his finagling amongst the Avengers, particularly messing around with the Winter Soldier, causing the huge split that culminated in that big airport fight. A former member of the Sokovian army, he decided to make the Avengers destroy themselves after their conflict with Ultron wrecked the nation of Sokovia, assassinating the Wakandan king T’Chaka (Black Panther’s father) and framing the Winter Soldier. He found out the trigger words that controlled Bucky’s mind and used them to make Bucky fight his friends (a scene Episode 3 of this show calls back to the first time Bucky and Zemo see each other in the prison). In the comics, he wears a weird purple hood over his head, something his character never did in the movies but does in the show. His obsession with the super soldier serum that created Cap and the Winter Soldier, as well as his criminal connections and his money (he’s a baron! he’s rich!) make him an asset when Sam and Bucky come searching for information.

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Sharon Carter

When Bucky, Sam, and Zemo get John Wick’d in Madripoor and all the hitmen of the city are coming after them, they’re saved by a few well-timed sniper shots from Sharon Carter, who has been living in Madripoor ever since she broke the law by helping Captain America and Bucky during Civil War. She was first introduced in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, an agent secretly keeping tabs on Steve Rogers and pretending to be a nurse. Great-niece of Cap’s flame Peggy Carter and formerly an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., she left that organization when it was revealed that it had been subsumed by HYDRA, joining the CIA for a time before going on the run after helping the Avengers. After the Thanos Snap she was blipped, and when she returned she posted up in Madripoor, a fictional Indonesian island nation with laws against extradition, and has been surviving there ever since (and doing pretty well at it, considering how swanky her apartment is).

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In the final moments of Episode 3, Bucky comes face-to-face with a woman in Riga, the Latvian city where they’re trying to track down the Flag Smashers. With a shaved head and a general demeanour that dares you to look at her the wrong way, the woman, whose name is Ayo (Florence Kasumba), is obviously a member of the Dora Milaje, Black Panther’s elite all-female bodyguards and Wakandan special forces. If you remember her, you probably remember her scene-stealing performance in Civil War, when she tells Black Widow to “Move, or you will be moved.” In Black Panther, she was second in command under Okoye (Danai Gurira), and was instrumental in the rebellion against Erik Killmonger, and in Avengers: Infinity War she nearly fought off one of Thanos’ Black Order lieutenants. Bucky finds her when he spots one of her kimoyo beads, vibranium beads used by Wakandans for communication, medical knowledge, and vehicle control (basically a smartphone, but beads). She tells him she’s here for Zemo, and I for one definitely feel bad for Bucky if he tries to stand in her way.

Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

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Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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