'The Falcon and The Winter Soldier' Episode 2 Spoilers: Will Helmut Zemo double-cross Bucky and Sam?
Last we saw, Zemo had killed all the winter soldiers in 'Civil War', but it wasn't revealed what he did with the serum
Spoilers for 'The Falcon and The Winter Soldier' Episode 2: 'The Star-Spangled Man'
A major reveal in the second episode of 'The Falcon and The Winter Soldier' Episode 2 was Helmut Zemo, the man who ripped the Avengers apart in 'Captain America: Civil War'. Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) make a decision to stop the Flag Smashers threat. However, they will have to reach back to the man who fractured the superhero team. The final minutes of the episode see an imprisoned Zemo sitting in his cell.
This leads to the question of whether Zemo knew about the Flag Smashers. Ideally, it is possible that he indeed helped the group by possibly giving them the super-soldier serum. Last we saw, Zemo had killed all the winter soldiers in 'Civil War', but it wasn't revealed what he did with the serum. The series could explain how the extremist group managed to get hold of the serum and how Zemo ties into it.
That said, it might be a bad move for Bucky and Sam as they decided to see Zemo to know more about the group. And with the duo making their intentions about working as free agents and not siding with John Walker's Captain America (Wyatt Russell) very clear, there is no doubt they will be diving headlong into trouble. For now, the role of Zemo is unclear, but he is slated to be the big bad in the series and this means the Flag Smashers should be the least of Sam and Buck's worries and Zemo just might use the two and double-cross them.
This could even lead to the Thunderbolts possibly being introduced. Though Zemo has usually been a villain, he also briefly masqueraded as a hero, leading a team of supposedly reformed bad guys called ‘The Thunderbolts’. In the comics, the Thunderbolts were formed at a time when most of Earth’s heroes were missing in action, allowing the supervillains to gain the adoration of the public in preparation for their ultimate betrayal.
Despite their evil intentions, the one-time bad guys eventually had a change of heart and decided to embrace their heroic sides, becoming a government-sponsored strike force along the lines of Suicide Squad. The Thunderbolts could serve as excellent villains for Sam to test himself against, while also setting things up for the future of the MCU.
'The Falcon and The Winter Soldier' is available for streaming on Disney+.