Properly, we didn’t see that one coming! The penultimate episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier simply delivered a shock character debut that’s price freaking out about. This sudden arrival teases probably main issues to return in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a minimum of the place one fully disgraced ex-Captain America is anxious.
So, who is that this new mover and shaker? And what in the world may their arrival imply? I’m gonna say SPOILER ALERT however, come on, you noticed the headline. what’s up, so let’s simply discuss it already.
Who is Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Falcon and Winter Soldier? Who is Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine?
After a very abysmal listening to that strips John Walker (Wyatt Russell) of not solely his function as Captain America but additionally all of his rights and advantages as a veteran, in struts eight-time Emmy winning acting legend Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She’s sporting killer heels and a killer coat and has a definite purple streak in her hair. She’s intense, disarming and intimidating at the similar time. She introduces herself as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine which is a w i l d reveal and an enormous Marvel second.
Created by Jim Steranko, Valentina Allegra de Fontaine debuted in 1967’s Unusual Tales #159, again when the anthology collection targeted on the super-spy adventures of Nick Fury. She rapidly grew to become one in every of the unique A-list S.H.I.E.L.D. characters, and she began a relationship with Nick Fury. De Fontaine remained a serious participant in S.H.I.E.L.D. for many years, popping up each time the spy company would get entangled in a narrative.
Her historical past remained a thriller for a very long time; she was primarily portrayed as a socialite who wished to do one thing extra together with her life—so she joined S.H.I.E.L.D. However it was later revealed in 2009’s Secret Warriors collection by Jonathan Hickman, Brian Michael Bendis, and Stefano Caselli that the contessa had been a Russian sleeper agent working at odds with S.H.I.E.L.D. all alongside. It was in Secret Warriors that Valentina Allegra de Fontaine took on the mantle of Madame Hydra—as in that HYDRA.
Who is Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Properly, that’s the thriller! She sits down subsequent to John Walker, casually arms a clean enterprise card to Walker’s spouse, and reveals that she is aware of lots about this new Cap. She is aware of he took the serum, she is aware of he doesn’t have the defend, and she is aware of that Cap’s defend isn’t even technically authorities property. Then she tells him that he higher choose up the telephone when she calls—or else. The “else” is implied however, wow, is it there. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is only a grasp.
There are many angles that the MCU’s de Fontaine might be working. She might be an agent of a newly reformed S.H.I.E.L.D. since that company has been off the radar in the movies for seven years (and the TV present has a questionable place in canon now). She might be working for HYDRA, which might make extra sense contemplating how villainous she seems and the indisputable fact that, y’know, she particularly desires the Captain America who simply decapitated a man in public. It’s additionally doable that she’s the mysterious Energy Dealer, however actually it looks as if that’s in all probability Sharon Carter after that cryptic scene this week.
There’s additionally the likelihood that she’s behind the Thunderbolts program, which is 100% not a factor that has been confirmed or mentioned onscreen, nevertheless it actually looks as if that’s a risk. A lot of main Thunderbolts characters from the comics have been/are being launched; in the comics, Baron Zemo was their unique chief, John Walker was the warden of their jail, Ghost was a member of mentioned jail, and Yelena Belova was a member throughout the “Dark Reign” period. Zemo and Ghost have been launched in Captain America: Civil Battle and Ant-Man and the Wasp, respectively. Walker and Belova are new additions to the MCU, with Belova being performed by Florence Pugh on this summer season’s Black Widow. Additionally this episode mentions that Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl) is being escorted by the Dora Milaje to the Raft, which is the jail that housed the Thunderbolts prison rehabilitation program in the comics.
So, are we heading in the direction of a Thunderbolts TV present or film with Julia Louis-Dreyfus accountable for Daniel Brühl, Florence Pugh, Hannah John-Kamen, and Wyatt Russell? Properly, Vanity Fair’s reporting that JLD was initially speculated to debut in Black Widow till COVID upended Marvel’s schedule. So… wow, possibly!
Hopefully we’ll have extra solutions in subsequent week’s TFATWS finale!