- “You're becoming a bit of a legend. I hear more and more people talk about the freedom fighters who are pushing back. They call you Robin Hood. Every day more people love you.”
- ―Rudy to Karli[src]
Karli Morgenthau is a Marvel Comics character who appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She first appears in the Disney+ series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and debuts in the first episode. She is the leader of a group called Flag Smashers. She is portrayed by Erin Kellyman.
Karli Morgenthau is based on Flag Smasher, who was created by Mark Gruenwald and Paul Neary.
Powers and Abilities
- Enhanced Strength: Karli's physical prowess has been greatly amplified, giving her the abilities, to use her muscular power, to a greater degree, than what her physical form would allow.
- Enhanced Leap: The ability to jump longer and higher distances, than normal.
- Combatant: Karli is shown to be capable of physically fighting in different forms. She has shown the ability to combat in hand-to-hand.
Karli Morgenthau was adopted by Donya Madani. In 2018, the Mad Titan Thanos collected all five Infinity Stones, and destroyed half of all life in the universe, an event which came to be known as the Blip. Five years later, all the life lost in the event, was restored. Karli was amongst the survivors, and became leader of an organization called the Flag Smashers, a group of people that want a world that’s unified without borders, and believe the world was better during the Blip. When everyone returned, she was put on the street. At an unknown point, she took a modified version of the super soldier serum, developed by Wilfred Nagel, which granted her, enhanced abilities, and stole them, from the Power Broker.
In Switzerland, a rally is held by the Flag Smashers, in which they rob a bank. Karli hands out masks to members of the group, and when the robbery takes place, the police arrive, but are unable to track the individual thief who was responsible, as everyone is wearing matching masks. The team run wild, causing a distraction, from the real perpetrator, and Karli disappears amongst the crowd.
In Munich, Germany, the Flag Smashers steal a containment of medicine and vaccines. Karli enters one of the trucks, transporting the shipment, and Bucky Barnes enters, while the vehicle is travelling on the road, under the belief she is a hostage. She punches him onto the windows of the truck travelling behind them, and puts on her mask. Two members of the group begin beating Bucky, on the roof of the truck, and she leaps over to join them. Falcon's drone, Redwing begins shooting at them, so Karli captures it, and smashes it against her knees, destroying it. The Falcon arrives himself, to physically join the fight, and he begins sparring with Karli. She manages to get the best of him, and throws him against the other roof, where two members of the Flag Smashers hold him down. The group are joined by Captain America and his team, who manage to free Sam and Bucky from their grasp. Kali and her team manage to apprehend the group, and escape, while the others are left on the side of the road as they drive off. They enter the house of a supporter, where they are given refuge, food and shelter. As they settle, Karli receives an anonymous text, accusing her of stealing from them and threatening to kill her. She learns that the group are being searched for, and they can't stay for long. Lennox asks if she could imagine people supporting their cause the way they are, six months ago, and Karli replies that they're no longer playing, and can't let those who were in power, after the Blip, win. She informs them that after tomorrow, they cannot go back, and the group all showcase their loyalty. The next day, they get ready to export the shipment that they stole, onto a plane, when they learn they've been discovered by the Power Broker. Matias decides to hold them off, while everyone else escapes, and Karli hugs him, before departing. As they fly off, Karli watches from the window, as the Power Broker's men, kill Matias.
They group arrive to Riga, Latvi, in a Resettlement Camp, set up by the GRC (Global Repatriation Council). While playing soccer with the children, Dovich calls her upstairs, to inform her that Donya is dying. She sits beside her adoptive mother, and cries, while saying her goodbyes. Karli then travels to Vilnius, Lithuania, outside a GRC Supply Depot, where she and Dovich scout for an entrance corner. He takes note of her downward demeanor, and asks if she's though of taking time to mourn, and suggests they don't have to do their mission now, but Karli insists they do. She questions if he ever thought they'd be in their current positions, and confesses she thought she'd be a teacher, like her mother. Dovich comments on what a tough profession it would be in Madrippoor, and Karli recalls that while she never thought she'd end up there, when everybody returned, and she was displaced, it would be the only place that had something, she could use for protection. She talks about her experience when taking in the serum, and how painful it felt, but how it was worth it, because the world is now theirs, and should have also been her mothers. She decides that they will use their strength to give it to the kids in the camps. Dovich expresses his worries about the Power Broker catching up with them, but Karli isn't concerned, as she informs him Nagel was killed in Madripoor, and they have the last of the serum, relegating the Power Broker to come begging to them. That evening Karli and the Flag Smashers manage to apprehend the guards at the Supply Depot, and steal supplies from them. As they leave, the building explodes, by Karli's doing.
- Karli Morgenthau was originally a male in the comics.
- In the forth episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Karli sends a text to Sam, at 3:12. This is a reference to Captain America #312, which is the comic debut of the Flag-Smasher, whom Karli is based on.