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If there’s one factor Marvel is aware of how one can do, it is introduce an vital character through cameo. Throughout the fifth episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we meet Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (really, it is Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine) after John Walker is stripped of the title of Captain America. “You probably did the correct factor, taking the serum,” she tells the disgraced super-soldier. “And I am going to inform you one thing, it has made you very, very beneficial to sure individuals.” Valentina arms John a seemingly clean card earlier than telling him she’ll be in contact, leaving him with the knowledge that Captain America’s protect is a “authorized grey space.” It is clear the character is as much as one thing, and due to the comics, we have now a few concepts.
Louis-Dreyfus initially teased her involvement within the MCU again in a 2019 Self-importance Honest interview with Veep showrunner David Mandel. When requested what they’d wish to see Louis-Dreyfus tackle subsequent, Mandel recommended a Marvel villain. “Swinging round on wires and kicking individuals within the face . . . taking pictures hearth out of no matter you shoot hearth out of. I might dig that,” Louis-Dreyfus replied. The character of Valentina was speculated to make her MCU debut with Black Widow, however the COVID-19 schedule shift precipitated The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to air first. With this Black Widow connection in thoughts, and the very fact Valentina has supplied John her card, it is solely doable that she may very well be placing collectively a crew referred to as The Thunderbolts.
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Within the comics, The Thunderbolts are put collectively by Baron Zemo as a brand new incarnation of the Masters of Evil. The group masquerades as heroes in disguise earlier than in the end deciding they not need to be villains. Each John Walker and Black Widow’s Yelena Belova have ties to The Thunderbolts; Yelena was a member throughout the Darkish Reign arc and John was their jail’s warden. It undoubtedly looks as if The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is tying Valentina to The Thunderbolts, significantly because the Dora Milaje are taking Zemo to the Raft, which is the jail John ultimately turns into a warden of. Who else has ties to the Raft? Common Thaddeus Ross aka Crimson Hulk, who ultimately turns into the chief of The Thunderbolts and has already been launched within the MCU.
Whereas Valentina is not the one to attach the crew within the comics, the MCU may very well be using Louis-Dreyfus as an “evil” counterpart to Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury. Within the comics, the 2 characters turned lovers after Valentina joined S.H.I.E.L.D, the place she ascended quickly to the rank of deputy director. She later infiltrates HYDRA, incomes the moniker Madame Hydra; although she was really a triple agent, having labored for Leviathan as a sleeper agent since earlier than her time at S.H.I.E.L.D. If the MCU desires to play up Valentina’s S.H.I.E.L.D. connection, she was additionally a member of an elite group of girls operatives often known as Femme Drive. One other vital member of Femme Drive is none aside from Sharon Carter, who additionally seems on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier; though it is nonetheless to be seen whether or not or not Sharon is the Energy Dealer or working for the Energy Dealer. No matter the place Valentina’s journey is headed within the MCU, we will not wait to see the place Louis-Dreyfus takes the position.