Baron Zemo’s revelation about Sokovia being overtaken by neighboring countries could be the perfect way to introduce Latveria and Doctor Doom into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Falcon And The Winter Soldier has expanded the MCU through the global effects of The Blip. The GRC was working for much of the series to pass the Patch Act, which was meant to “restore traditional border regulations” so that things could go back to “normal”. And although Sam’s speech has forced them to adjust their plans and policies the post-Blip world still has many of the same problems that Karli Morgenthau and Sam Wilson pointed out during The Falcon And The Winter Soldier.
Zemo was another aspect of the series that introduced a more global outlook with the Baron introducing the heroes to Madripoor. Madripoor was introduced not only as a criminal haven, but a place that some of the displaced, notably the Flag Smashers, went when they lost their homes. Many fans are excited about the introduction of Madripoor because of the ties it holds to mutants in the comics. Zemo also made a pointed comment to Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson about the aftermath of The Battle of Sokovia.
“I heard what became of Sokovia. Cannibalized by its neighbors before the land was even cleared of rubble, erased from the map.”
ZEMO SETTING UP THE PERFECT INTRODUCTION FOR LATVERIA AND DOCTOR DOOM?
Now, although no country was specifically referenced, this could be a perfect opportunity to introduce Latveria and tease the villainous Doctor Doom. Latveria and Sokovia are both Eastern European countries which means that Latveria definitely has the potential for being one of the countries to take advantage of the destruction of Sokovia. Depending on how Doctor Doom is introduced, he could either simply be a citizen of Latveria or already the ruler.
The introduction of Latveria would be an excellent way to begin building the groundwork for Doctor Doom and through him the Fantastic Four. In The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, Madripoor is never explicitly tied to the mutants, but fans are excited about the potential the country alludes to.
Madripoor is an important part of mutant and specifically Wolverine lore and with some of the Easter eggs that fans spotted in episode 3, it’s a great way to begin building mutants into the existing MCU world. By having a location introduced to tease new aspects of the MCU the groundwork is laid for a place to first introduce some of the highly anticipated Marvel characters.
If the MCU wants to continue following this path, bringing Latveria into the picture would be a great way to begin setting up the world building for the Fantastic Four. In the comics Victor Von Doom was originally from Latveria before his father fled with him and years later Doctor Doom returned to overthrow the country’s leadership. Doctor Doom not only took over the country, he used it and its resources to further his plans for global domination.
The MCU has the opportunity to introduce Doctor Doom as a character that has been working to build up his power during the Infinity Saga and only now becoming a major threat as the ruler of Latveria. With his abilities as a sorcerer and scientific genius, he could be an antagonist for a number of the MCU heroes.
The Fantastic Four film was officially announced at the 2020 Disney Investor Day presentation and Doctor Doom has been rumored to make his MCU debut in Black Panther 2. If Doctor Doom does make an appearance in Black Panther 2, it would most likely mean that the villain is already extremely powerful, possibly already ruling over Latveria. As a brilliant scientist and skilled sorcerer, he’s a legitimate menace, but with an army and country behind him he becomes a bigger threat on a global scale. Possibly seeing the chaos of the Blip as an opportunity to expand his reach and begin global conquest.
Zemo lamenting the loss of Sokovia is a perfect opportunity to begin setting the stage for new Marvel characters that fans have been anticipating since the Fox acquisition. And The Falcon And The Winter Soldier proved that introducing locations along with already existing characters is a great way to tease the characters that are yet to come, even laying the ground work for these characters to already be existing players in the MCU. With many of the heroes now concerned with the threats from the cosmic and other sides of the MCU, this would be a great way to begin introducing some of these newly acquired Marvel characters.
The MCU is expanding the already existing world in Phase Four with the multiverse, more magic, and the upcoming introduction of not only the Fantastic Four, but at some point, mutants as well. The Falcon And The Winter Soldier proved that one way to begin the world building process of this is to use the well-known locations tied to these characters and their lore.
Although Madripoor was never outright tied to mutants in the Disney Plus series this is a perfect avenue to introduce them down the line. And having Latveria be one of the countries that overtook the remains of Sokovia, perhaps even being tied into the post-Blip GRC conflict, could be the first inklings of Doctor Doom and the world of the Fantastic Four.