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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 5 will feature a mystery cameo by a “well-known performer” playing a “grounded” Marvel comics character we haven't seen before nor is set to appear in upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, according to multiple reports. There are about half a dozen theories on who this might be. With just two episodes to go, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has to reveal the identity of the Power Broker, whose reputation has been built up over the last three episodes.

Additionally, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 5 will make you “cry” and will be the longest episode in the series, yet at 61 minutes (including the credits that usually run for about seven minutes), per other reports. The fifth episode runtime comes from a Reddit user who has accurately revealed this info for other The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episodes.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 5 release date

Marvel's The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is four action-packed episodes in on Disney Plus. The buddy-adventure series has taken over WandaVision's Friday night spot, pairing Marvel heroes Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) on a globe-trotting mission.

Unlike WandaVision, the Falcon and the Winter Soldier didn't premiere with two episodes on the same day. It'll release an episode a week, with the sixth and final arriving in the third week of April. While this is fewer episodes than the Wanda and Vision sitcom, the expected episode runtime gives you a little extra, varying from 40 to 50 minutes.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 5 will air exclusively on Disney Plus on Friday, April 16.

Here's the full The Falcon and the Winter Soldier release schedule, with the release times:

  • Episode 1: Available now.
  • Episode 2: Available now.
  • Episode 3: Available now.
  • Episode 4: Available now.
  • Episode 5: Available April 16 -- midnight PT/3 a.m. ET/8 a.m. GMT
  • Episode 6: Available April 23 -- midnight PT/3 a.m. ET/8 a.m. GMT

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier marks the second series in the ever-evolving Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Picking up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the show centers on Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, taking over the Captain America shield, and Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier, grappling with 21st-century life without his star-spangled pal Steve Rogers. On top of that, the pair team up on a globe-trotting mission to take down an anarchist group called the Flag-Smashers, according to Cnet.

How to watch The Falcon and The Winter Soldier on Disney Plus internationally

Disney Plus is available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, so it's not going to be tough to get access.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 5 cameo

If you suspect it'll be Captain America, aka Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), you can stop thinking that, too. In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Spellman suggested that episode 5's secret cameo will be a "grounded character" who he would love to see partnered with "one of the world shakers", such as Thor.

Given that Cap was himself a world shaker, it's highly unlikely that he'll appear in episode 5. Sure, Steve Rogers is as grounded as they come, but it seems as if this cameo appearance will be someone who audiences haven't seen before in the MCU. Why do we say that? Well, according to SlashFilm, that's because it will be.

Reporting what they had heard ahead of episode 5's air date, SlashFilm has claimed that the character isn't someone who has appeared in the MCU yet. Additionally, they say that this person or individual is "primed" to appear in an upcoming film. SlashFilm adds that this character is an existing Marvel Comics individual and will be played by a well-known performer.

Spellman also told Rotten Tomatoes that this character's personality is "strong", so it appears that this mystery guest will immediately steal the limelight when they do show up.

There are currently 11 MCU movies in development for Phase 4. Each film has ensemble casts, so it might appear – on the surface – a difficult task to whittle down who this individual may be. However, we can bring that number down considerably based on SlashFilm's assertion that it's someone we haven't seen before.

It's highly unlikely to be someone from Marvel's The Eternals as, due to the film's synopsis, those superpowered beings will only have begun to reveal themselves to the world following Avengers: Endgame's events. We suspect that story will be self-contained, so don't expect a crossover appearance from someone like Ikaris or Thena.

It likely won't be someone from Black Widow – that film's events presuppose Falcon and the Winter Soldier – and shouldn't be anyone from Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness or Thor: Love and Thunder. Add in Captain Marvel 2, Black Panther II, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantamania, too, as those movies' main cast members have all appeared before.

The only upcoming MCU movies with characters we haven't seen before, then, are Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Fantastic Four. As great as Shang-Chi is, we don't think that Spellman would refer to him as someone to make audiences cry; nor does he seem like the sort of superhero who would cross paths with Sam and Bucky.

All of this, in our opinion, points towards a potential Fantastic Four cameo. There were already rumors of Mr. Fantastic's appearance in WandaVision a couple of months ago, so could it be that some leakers got their wires crossed and he will, in fact, show up in this series instead? Again, speculation has linked John Krasinski with portraying Mr. Fantastic, and he's a big enough actor to be this "well-known performer" that Spellman alludes to.

Of course, the cameo could be someone who hasn't been announced as a cast member for any of these movies yet. Marvel is notorious for keeping its cards close to its chest, so this revelation may have been kept under wraps for many months. It would be even more thrilling to see someone who hasn't been rumored to feature in an upcoming MCU movie, but we'd be very happy with someone like Mr. Fantastic either way, Techradar reported.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode recaps

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 1:

After Sam Wilson, as The Falcon, helps the military rescue a soldier over Tunisia, he learns about a new group of terrorists, called Flag Smashers. Back in the U.S., Wilson hands over Captain America's shield to the Smithsonian, and has a talk with James Rhodes (War Machine) about how he wasn't ready to be the new Captain America. By the end of the episode, Sam's gone home to try and piece together things with his sister and her kids, but her business troubles can't be beat by super heroics.

Meanwhile, Bucky Barnes is in therapy over his actions as The Winter Soldier. His therapist pushes him to start living a real life, and his one friend outside of the Avengers tries to get him to date. Bucky, though, still has a lot of guilt to process — as the man he's helping was the father of one of the people he killed when he was working for Hydra. At the end of the episode, we see the U.S. government debut The New Captain America.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 2:

John Walker made his public debut on Good Morning America, and Sam and Bucky finally reunited. But when these three heroes met, they did not exactly get along. The Flag Smashers also turned out to have more power than expected. Walker also has his own sidekick: Battlestar aka Lemar Hoskins.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 3:

Without Sam's approval (or even him knowing), Bucky popped Baron Zemo from jail. The three then went on a bit of a chase for information about the new super soldier serum, and what's going on. This was aided by Zemo's private plane, as he's still filthy stinking rich.

Their quest led them to Madripoor, a fictional city in Southeast Asia, filled with criminals. Undercover as baddies — with Bucky pretending to be under Zemo's control — the trio wound up under fire, only to be saved by Sharon Carter. Who, it turns out, is now selling stolen art, and has a miserable new attitude that makes us wonder if she's in fact the Power Broker, the person who the Flag Smashers stole the new serum from. After meeting the scientist who re-engineered the super solider serum, the guys had to split ways with Sharon as they search for Power Broker. Bucky took a detour, though, and wound up crossing paths with Ayo, a member of the Dora Milaje who wants her hands on Zemo.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 4:

We began with a flashback to Ayo helping Bucky in Wakanda, saying his Winter Soldier wake words. Then, Sam and Bucky discussed how to stop Karli, but Zemo doesn't see her as a child, but as a supremacist instead. They then visit the GRC resettlement camp in Riga, Latvia. After Zemo proves useful at gaining intel (by handing out candy to children), John Walker and Lemar Hoskins (aka Battlestar) show up, and they're angry.

Karli delivers an address at the funeral for Donya, but stops when she sees Sam in the top floor. Sam and Karli discuss the war they're all waging, but John is too angry and impatiently barges in. In the ensuing chaos, super soldier serum vials fall on the ground, and Zemo smashes them. One remains, and only John Walker sees it (and takes it).

Dora Milaje guards show up, demanding Zemo. Walker gets his hind handed to him in combat, and during it all Zemo manages to simply escape. Walker gets mopey for having lost to people who "weren't even super soldiers. A bit of early intel from Sharon Carter reveals that Walker's on the move, and Bucky goes for him — leaving Karli and Sam to fight. Hoskins cuts himself free while Sam, Bucky and Walker fight Flag Smashers. Karli punches Hoskins through to a column, which kills him. And thus, Walker's rage is unleashed, and he murders one of the Flag Smashers with Cap's shield — while the public, with cell phone cameras, watch and record. Karli, Sam and Bucky all arrive at the scene, Tomsguide cited.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 5 trailer

In the trailer that dropped on Monday, April 12, we got a lot of recap for what's happened — followed by a tease of what we all want. It looks like Sam, Bucky and John Walker are about to throw down.

Falcon & Winter Soldier Episode 5 Runtime

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 5 is reportedly over one hour long. Marvel Studios' latest Disney+ series stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan as Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, and Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier. Although it seems like the show only just began, the new entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rapidly approaching its ending. Four of the six episodes have already been released and there isn't that much time left to wrap up all of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier's different plot threads.

The focus of the series has remained on Sam and Bucky as they hunt down the Flag-Smashers and try to learn about who restarted the super-soldier program. This has forced them to team up with Baron Zemo and momentarily work with a bitter Sharon Carter. Meanwhile, the MCU's new Captain America has repeatedly been a thorn in their sides, as he wavers from friend to foe constantly. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier has also teased more of the Captain America mantle's past with Isaiah Bradley's introduction. All of these storylines, and many others, have been told in episodes that ran between 50-55 minutes.

In the latest leak from Reddit user u/Plenty_Echidna_545, it has been revealed that The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 5 will be the longest one yet. The runtime is reportedly 61 minutes, including credits, which makes it the first MCU Disney+ episode to go beyond one hour in length. This user accurately revealed the runtime of past The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and WandaVision episodes.

This reported runtime for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 5 doesn't mean there will be 61 minutes of the actual show. Each episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier has credits that run for roughly seven minutes. This means The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 5's actual runtime should be closer to 54 minutes. That is still several minutes longer than the show's longest episodes to date, and the extra time makes sense for the show's penultimate episode, Screenrant wrote.

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