In the world of Superheroes, power is currency, and the one who can barter this currency is undoubtedly rich as hell. But one cannot deny that it’s the devil’s business thanks to the very nature of the job. We saw many characters (such as Tony Stark) grapple with their conscience because brokering power is akin to meddling with the fundamentals of human life and by virtue of that, committing a form of evil. In any case, when one is in the business of selling power of any kind for the sake of making profits we’re looking at an extremely gray area. In Marvel, there does exist a character who is in the business of both manufacturing and selling literal physical power. Unsurprisingly, when Mark Gruenwald wanted to introduce a chaotic character whose greed would trigger a strong narrative, he conceptualized the one we are now learning to be the Power Broker.
In MCU, the Power Broker has finally made his/her presence felt as viewers noted in episode 2 of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. With a new character comes new speculations including why the Power Broker is chasing after the Flag Smashers. So here’s everything you need to know.
Who is the Power Broker in Marvel Comics
The Power Broker was introduced in the Marvel Comicverse as a character of the Earth 6-1-6 reality. He was introduced in Machine Man #7 way back in 1978 and existed in the comicverse till 2012. Power Broker was both the name of the corporation as well as an alias for the businessman running it. Curtiss Jackson founded a company called the Power Broker Corporation to invent technology that could be used to augment the strength of human beings. He hired Dr. Karl Malus (a mad albeit brilliant scientist) to create special technology that would create enhanced individuals. The Power Broker basically made a profit off of providing augmentation services to human beings who wanted an upgrade in strength. In the comics, it is thanks to the Power Broker that the U.S Agent gets his enhanced strength. The Power Broker also provided his services to organizations that wanted to create enhanced humans for security purposes. Money was the motivator that drove his business.
Who is the Power Broker in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
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Is it Zemo? Ross? The other Ross?
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While the Power Broker has driven a major plot in the comics, he has only just been introduced in Episode 2. As the Flag Smashers prepare to board a plane with some medical supplies, they are tipped-off about the Power Broker’s henchmen are on their way to stop them. It becomes quite apparent that there is some major history between the two elements. While the rest of the Flag Smashers take off, one stays behind to hold off the Power Broker’s men and becomes a sacrifice in the process. As of the premiere of Episode 2, we have only been tipped-off regarding the existence of the Power Broker, any other information regarding who they are has yet to be revealed.
Why the hell is the Power Broker after Flag Smashers?
At this point, there is no way to assert the reason behind the Power Broker chasing after the Flag Smashers. Everything is pretty much speculative at this point. We reckon that the Power Broker is after the Flag Smashers because they have done some kind of wrong by him/her. If the Power Broker in the MCU is also a businessman, then there is a likelihood that the Flag Smashers own him something, possibly money. Of course, there is also a possibility of a much deeper and sinister plot. For now, we can safely assume that the Power Broker has a massive bone to pick with the Flag Smashers.
So is the Power Broker the bad guy?
There is a possibility that the Flag Smashers are not the worst things to happen in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. The Power Broker is a really sinister character in the comics and has been responsible for not just the creation of many enhanced individuals but also for their supply to criminal organizations. However, anything is possible on the show and this means that the Power Broker could be someone besides Curtiss Jackson with an entirely different intent. So as of now, we cannot safely assume that the Power Broker is the bad guy in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
What can happen now?
The biggest question that needs to be answered is regarding the identity of the Power Broker. On the one hand, it could potentially be Helmut Zemo, Georges Batroc, or even Sharon Carter depending on how the writers want to spin this particular narrative; on the other hand, we might actually see a new character being introduced in the MCU. Nevertheless, we can be sure that the Power Broker is playing a very massive role in the show if the Flag Smashers are literally fleeing at the sight of his/her henchmen. Another angle that can be expected is the creation of the U.S Agent. If John Walker chooses to approach the Power Broker for the special serum that will turn him into an enhanced individual, then we can be certain that the Power Broker is a plot enabler as more than just the bad guy. One must also wonder whether Dr. Malus, who has only been seen in the Jessica Jones arc so far, will also make an appearance in this show. So definitely, a lot of questions need answering and we can only be certain with the premiere of every episode.
We have a lot of drama to look forward to thanks to Sam and Bucky a total joy ride. While we cannot help but contemplate the other elements of the show, it is rather enjoyable to see these two together as they discover the healing that a friendship can offer, all the ass-kicking and fighting aside. While Episode 2 was fairly eventful, a lot is left to be unveiled and fans can expect to in speculation mode even till the very last episode if Marvel stays true to its nature. So stay tuned!