[Ed. be aware: This story comprises main spoilers for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 5.]
Even earlier than the The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premiered in March, creator Malcolm Spellman teased a significant cameo in episode 5. Now the introduction’s been made: Veep and Seinfeld actor Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. Very vital element: This marks the second The New Adventures of Old Christine veteran after Clark Gregg to affix the MCU.
“There are characters in our series who I would love to see partnered with like — it’s a very, very grounded character — partnered with one of the big world-shakers like Thor or someone like that,” Spellman teased to Rotten Tomatoes earlier this week. “The personality is so strong, it’s the episode 5 character. I’d love to see that character with Thor.”
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier marks the primary look by Louis-Dreyfus within the MCU, however seemingly not the final; in keeping with Vanity Fair, sources near Marvel productions have stated Val is about to seem within the upcoming Black Widow (which, if it weren’t for COVID-19 lockdowns and launch date relays, would have been the formal theatrical introduction of the character). Could there be extra Val sooner or later?
Spellman’s would clearly prefer to see her within the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder. But no matter occurs, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier units up Val as a form of anti-Nick Fury, recruiting John Walker’s disgraced “Captain America” for an unstated initiative that might use his extra violent instincts. The MCU’s may comply with the comics nearly anyplace from right here, from a brand new Nick Fury to an outdated Black Widow to a full resurgence of Hydra. But it begins with Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.
Who is Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine within the comics?
Well, relying on while you ask this query, she’s both an Italian jet-setter turned long-time SHIELD agent or … Madame Hydra.
First launched by Jim Steranko in 1967 for a Nick Fury and Captain American crossover story, author Steve Englehart introduced Valentina into Captain America comics correct in 1972. She’s a minor sufficient character with a protracted sufficient historical past that the MCU may decide up nearly any side of her adventures and take a giant swing.
Valentina dated Nick Fury for a bit whereas she was a SHIELD agent. (Pro tip: Don’t date your coworkers if you happen to belong to a company the place 50% of the staff are sleeper brokers.) She ran an all-female undercover agent group for some time — good to tie in to Black Widow. It’s ultimately revealed that her Italian heritage was a canopy story and that she was actually a Russian operative — hiya once more, Black Widow. And the very last thing she did in Marvel Comics continuity was to defect and turn out to be a senior chief of Hydra, taking up the continuously used title “Madame Hydra,” till she betrayed Hydra to a different clandestine worldwide spy operation. If the Marvel Cinematic Universe needed Hydra to boost its serpentine head once more, Valentina might be a strategy to do it.
Or, the MCU may go in a very completely different path that doesn’t have something to do with the stuff comics writers have achieved with Valentina earlier than. We’ll see her once more in Black Widow, however don’t anticipate the film to tell us what’s taking place subsequent with the character — the long-delayed characteristic movie is definitely set years earlier than the occasions of Falcon and the Winter Soldier.