Warning both spoilers for Agent Carter Episode 6 ahead!!!
The last few episodes of [Marvel's Agent Carter](series:1119765) have really been picking up steam, none more so than Episode 6 "SNAFU". In the first couple minutes we get a little look at the back story for the mysterious psychiatrist Dr. Ivchenko in WW2 era Soviet medic camp. A man asks Ivchenko to assist in cutting a infected soldiers leg off before it kills him. They do not have painkiller so Ivchenko is tasked with hypnotizing the man to forget the pain.
The important part is you see the not-so-good doctor reading a book: :"The Tragic Life of Doctor Faustus". Like many have surmised Dr. Ivchenko is the malevolent Dr. Faustus, a important figure in the Marvel comic book universe. It is Doctor Faustus who brainwashes Bucky Barnes into becoming the Winter Solider and brainwashes Sharon Carter into shooting Steve Rogers point blank, killing him (Well kinda, because time bullets).
Seeing the work he does on Chief Dooley it's not so much of a stretch that he eventually passes on his brainwashes techniques to Hydra or Leviathan allowing them to keep Bucky brainwashed until the present day.
Where this becomes interesting for the MCU is the introduction of "Sharon" (Sharon Carter) in [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973). Cap being the only main MCU character without a love interest creates a strong case that Sharon will become just that in the next movie, setting up his eventual death. Chris Evans contract with Marvel is only has 2 movies left after Age of Ultron and one after Captain America 3: Civil War. This would be a nifty way of removing Cap for the Avengers: Infinity War Part One, and bring him back for the Part Two. It would also allow Marvel to develop more tentpole characters like Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange and Chadwick Boseman's [Black Panther](movie:9047).
If anything has been true about Marvel's television efforts so far is that they are playing a long game, with them servicing the Cinematic Universe first and foremost. It would be fitting that something a earthshaking as the on screen death of Cap be foreshadowed by a spinoff series like Agent Carter. More will be revealed by the series finale next week. I for one can't wait!
What do you think?