‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier': What That Big Cameo Could Mean
(Below is a major spoiler for the fifth installment in the Marvel Disney + series, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.")
The fifth episode of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" showed a completely unexpected - but if we are honest, extremely inappropriate, sonically - surprising appearance of a real American national treasure, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays a character that we are ready to play to bet you've never heard of it. Who is she? Could she be the mysterious power broker who lurks on the fringes of the show all the time?
First we need to get the context out of the way. John Walker (Wyatt Russell) murdered a member of the Flag Smashers with his shield in the episode last week and suffered the aftermath this week. At first he was pretty dejected by Sam Wilson and Bucky, and then he was officially stripped of his Captain America-ness by the US Government Council overseeing this whole thing.
This part especially rubbed him the wrong way - in part because he was still sliding up from the super serum he took in episode 4, meaning he still has the same aggression - and he's kind of lost it , furiously denouncing the council and then afterwards speak to his wife and whine very Oliver North-esque about how no one understands what it takes to be Captain America. It's a barely disguised current reference - this is the kind of defense people do for cops who have just murdered someone.
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And then Julia Louis-Dreyfus appears out of nowhere, wearing a lavender-tinted outfit with matching lavender-tinted hair and introducing herself as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.
Valentina is basically arrogant, revealing that she has a lot of secret information, and offers Walker a job with every organization she works for. We don't know what this is, of course - the business card Walker gives has no text - but the clear implication is that this is a significant meeting and Valentina is a significant new player in the Marvel universe.
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So who the fuck is that?
Like many crazy comics, it's complicated. In the beginning, Valentina Allegra de Fontaine was created by writer and artist Jim Steranko, best known for his famous run in the late 1960s in the Marvel Comics series "Strange Tales" and soon the title "Nick Fury, Agent." by SHIELD " wearing. Valentina appeared for the first time in 1967 just before the renaming in "Strange Tales" # 159.
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In the comics, Valentina is an Italian jet-setter who turned to S.H.I.E.L.D. in an attempt to honor their parents who apparently died and fought in the "resistance" during World War II. However, she quickly rose through the ranks and eventually became the leader of an all-female team from S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents called Femme Force and had a romantic relationship with Nick Fury again.
Then it gets weird. In the 2010 Marvel Comics story, which inspired part of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," it was discovered that Hydra was always S.H.I.E.L.D. and worse, Valentina takes over the cloak of the super villain Madame Hydra. During this time she wore an absolutely fantastic headdress. Listen:
But then - and folks, we know comics are just crazy sometimes - it turns out that Valentina had apparently always been an ignorant sleep agent for the Leviathan terrorist organization, which was practically the Soviet Union's equivalent to Hydra before it became an independent organization. After playing a few comic strips, she surrenders to INTERPOL and goes to jail. It was recently revealed that Nick Fury helped her escape from prison. She is currently a member of the shadow organization J.A.N.U.S., a group whose goals are not fully understood. (And no, at this point we don't know what the acronym means.)
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We lack a lot of necessary information to know what the hell the plan is for them in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But we have a couple of ideas.
1) She will be the MCU's Madame Hydra, a no-nonsense villain. Although the hell that works with Hydra is actually extinct, we don't know.
2) It becomes part of the MCU version of J.A.N.U.S. who, for all we know, will fill the hole Hydra left in obliteration. Or maybe it will be the new S.H.I.E.L.D.
3) Longshot: In the end, she'll be the leader of The Thunderbolts, Marvel's version of DC Comics' Suicide Squad.
But these are only guesses. The only thing we can say for sure right now is that it is extremely unlikely that Marvel would bring Julia Louis-Dreyfus into the MCU and just make it a one-off cameo. We expect to see more of her in future Marvel shows. Perhaps she will serve as a character who ties it all together in the same way that Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury did for the films. But even this is only a guess.
By the way, none of these options prevent her from being that power broker who still hasn't revealed herself as we near the climax of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier". We still think Sharon is the most likely candidate, although Valentina is a bit of a wrench on this theory. Again this week, Sharon actually seemed to be working with the Flag Smashers through Batroc - but the Power Broker has fought these guys so far.
However, this could be some kind of move, as Karli didn't seem to know that Batroc was acting on the orders of another party, so it's still impossible to draw any conclusions.
That said, if a budding Marvel super villain shows up here, hiring a new super soldier serum would be exactly what could make a great first impression. And coming to Walker now could be part of it. Whatever the power broker plans for the serum, they're obviously completely out of the window at this point. But if Valentina is the power broker and Walker can place her bids, this could be a way for her to save those plans a bit. And if she can take out her enemies in the process, so much the better.
The finale of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" is only a week away. We will probably get answers then.
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