Further Shadows of The TruthOur guess that Dr. Karl Malus might be the source of the Super Soldier Serum proved incorrect as Sam, Bucky, Zemo, and Sharon quickly found their way to Dr. Wilfred Nagel (Olli Haaskivi). In The Truth, the character successfully recreated the serum for the experiment conducted on Isaiah Bradley. So, it makes total sense that he would appear here and claim a blood sample from Isaiah (Carl Lumbly) was the key to unlocking the Erksine formula.Although, if Nagel is correct and he is the first person to crack Erksine s code, where did the stable sample used on Isaiah come from? Someone in the 1950s must ve cracked the code. Our uneasy band may not follow that path, but it would interesting to get some clarity on the matter. If we never get it, we ll just blame Loki (Tom Hiddleston).The First MCU Mutant?(Photo by Marvel)As teased earlier, it is possible that we ve seen the first Mutant in the MCU. One can make the case Selby (Imelda Cocoran), Zemo s contact in Madripoor, is based on the Mutant Liberation Front member who appeared in a couple of Excalibur issues in 1996. That character had the ability to speak with computers in binary code. Sure, it s a rather slim possibility, but it is a fun Easter Egg nonetheless as it means the creative team is at least willing to be playful with X-Men connections.Also, considering Selby was quickly killed, it could just be a huge false Mutant flag.More meaningful is the cover identity Zemo gives to Sam. With a name like Conrad Mack, the Smiling Tiger, you know you re dealing with a proper Marvel Comics character — but is he a Mutant? Born to a Vietnam vet and a member of the Dragon s Breadth cult, the comics Conrad (pictured) would use his feral nature and hand-to-hand combat skills as a member of a group called the Folding Circle. They became part of Madripoor s criminal element after crash landing on the island. So his bona fides in the region are pure Marvel. Curiously, though, Conrad is listed as a human mutate — a character who comes by their abilities via some post-utero means; as opposed to Mutants, who are born with powers which unlock when they hit puberty. The character is an oddly deep pull, although fans of the Thunderbolts comics may see this as a possibility that their favorite characters will soon appear in the MCU.But it also continues the program s world building as Mack and the Folding Circle have deep ties to Southeast Asia. A subsequent series (or film) could follow up on that.Is John Walker s Problem a Lack of Structure?(Photo by Marvel Studios)As seen in this episode, Russell s John Walker is still not inspiring confidence as the new Captain America. When we talked to Russell earlier this week, he suggested the superhero rules of engagement — and a lack of command structure — may be putting him on the wrong foot with Sam, Bucky, and the audience. It s like these guys are all kind of independent contractors in a way, and they need to work together, he explained. But there s no system that was in place — or is in place, like the military — to dictate what those terms are. So I think that he s having a very difficult time leading the way he wants to lead and is finding out that one size does not fit all. He may come off more confident when ordering the GRC troops —and why does the GRC have troops? — or conferring with Lemar (Clé Bennett), but it s clear those situations are more familiar for a career soldier. In terms of working with Sam and Bucky, despite their own military experience, the lack of clear structure will create conflict. When you go outside of that and you have to create your own. But, if you don t amend that to the people that you re currently working with, you re going to have a very difficult time being a good leader, Russell said. And so you always need to shift your abilities to talk to people and to get the best out of people. And I don t think he s quite figured that out yet. It seems, in fact, like Walker has figured out that letting The Falcon and the Winter Soldier do the work may be the most efficient means of intercepting the Flag Smashers and, presumably, acquiring the missing serum vials.Zemo Claims His Title(Photo by Marvel Studios)And, as it turns out, Helmut Zemo is a baron. The clarification is useful as it means he has resources and he more closely resembles his comic-book counterpart. Also, by making him Sokovian royalty, the lines of demarcation get further muddled. In his eyes, the superheroes are an emerging aristocracy. Yet, he takes to aristocratic airs quite easily once aboard his private plane. At the same time, we cannot exactly disagree with anything he says in this episode. The muddiness, though, keeps the series fascinating as everyone espouses noble goals. Sure, the Power Broker may just be in it for control and, possibly, the chance to be cruel, but all the characters we ve seen state ideals which are, on their face, worthy.Nevertheless, Baron Zemo is an antagonist and unlikely ally. And while it would be interesting to see him remain on Sam and Bucky s side through the remainder of the series, his betrayal is always just a few moves away. But what sort of goal will he have in the end? Hook up with the Flag Smashers? They certainly express a certain philosophical similarity he could exploit. Does he even want to destroy the serum vials? Bucky is operating under the impression that he wouldn t want more Super Soldiers in the world, but would that be the case if those troops were loyal to him?One clue to his ultimate plot: the dissolution of Sokovia. According to Zemo, the country no longer exists. So what is a baron to do when his barony is gone? Maybe the play is to re-establish the country or something very much like it. The Dora Milaje may have a few problems with Zemo being in a position of power, however. They are clearly already mad he escaped custody and sent Ayo (Florence Kasumba) to investigate.The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premieres new episodes on Fridays on Disney+.