At the end of the first episode of The falcon and the winter soldierWe get our first look at the Flag Smashers villains in action. The Flag Smashers are an anti-nationalist organization who believe the world was better during the blip and "want a world that is united without borders". The group, introduced to us through Sam Wilson's friend Joaquin Torres, has comic strip connections to a super villain named Karl Morgenthau, nicknamed Flag-Smasher, and an anti-nationalist terrorist organization named U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M.
In the comics, Karl Morgenthau is driven to the flag smasher after his diplomatic father was trampled to death in a riot at the Latvian embassy. He believes the world would be better off if it abolished the concept of countries and nationalism in order to suppress the feeling of superiority associated with certain nationalities. Along with U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M., which stands for the underground liberated, fully integrated mobile army for the unification of humanity, Flag-Smasher often clashes with Captain America and even captures John Walker's version. After Flag-Smasher learned that Red Skull U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M. Funded, Flag Smasher teams work with Captain America, Battle Star, and Demolition Man to thwart Red Skull's efforts because he believes working with the nationalist Red Skull would jeopardize his integrity. Eventually, Karl Morgenthau's version of Flag-Smasher is allegedly murdered by X-Force member Domino.
"The comics are a great resource, but our stories are unique," director Kari Skogland said earlier Weekly entertainment. "They may come from the comics, but they are not in the comics, so our characters can be unique and evolved and not bound. We don't duplicate a story and we don't duplicate characters. That is, when we come up with a group and we need a name for it. Then maybe we can go deep and find something that is relevant. "
Based on what we know about the Flag Smashers from The falcon and the winter soldierwhich isn’t much at the moment, it seems like they’re talking to U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M. when it comes to goals. The group is even led by a rewritten version of the cartoon character Karli Morgenthau, played by Erin Kellyman. Indeed, as chief writer Malcolm Spellman said EW"People think they know" what is wrong with the flag destroyers, "and they don't." Only time will tell whether or not the Flag Smashers are the real bad guys of the show. Until then, we can only speculate what Karli and her group are up to.