Yeah, this was a doubly wild reveal. First—Julia Louis-Dreyfus?! The legendary Julia Louis-Dreyfus?! Within the MCU?! The shock and shock and delight—! And secondly—she’s taking part in Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine?! A lot to unpack right here, we devoted a whole separate piece to it.
To sum it up: the Contessa is a traditional S.H.I.E.L.D. character and Nick Fury’s primary love curiosity courting all the best way again to the spy group’s early days in the late Sixties. She was one of many primary gamers in S.H.I.E.L.D. up till the Secret Warriors collection in the ’00s, which revealed her to be a Russian sleeper agent. She then took on the mantle of Madame Hydra, which actually damage her relationship with Nick Fury and each superhero.
So, who’s she in the MCU? That we have no idea. Each S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA haven’t been main gamers in the flicks since 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. She could possibly be in cost of a brand new iteration of both group; the truth that she’s recruiting Captain Decapitation implies that, uh, her alignment ain’t precisely lawful good.
The probably possibility, although, is one which hasn’t even been straight talked about in any film or TV present: de Fontaine could also be recruiting members and/or employees for the Thunderbolts. There have been many Thunderbolts lineups in the comics; they began out as Baron Zemo’s Masters of Evil posing as superheroes, and then grew to become a group of villains attempting to be legit heroes. Then they had been villains once more, then prisoners pressured to do heroic stuff as a part of their sentencing, then mercenaries—they’ve performed lots.
There are a variety of indicators that this could possibly be the place the MCU goes with a variety of characters. Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine), and Zemo (Daniel Brühl) all debuted in the flicks. Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) will debut in Black Widow. John Walker, who acted because the Thunderbolts’ warden in the comics, was simply recruited for one thing. And Zemo was simply, properly… let’s transfer on to the following level…!