The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 5 promised followers a cameo by a “well-known performer” enjoying a “grounded” character — and boy was that an understatement. Whereas the earlier Disney+ Marvel Cinematic Universe collection WandaVision was busy hyping up non-existent cameo appearances, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier greater than delivers on what its creator Malcolm Spellman and different experiences teased. In reality, I’d go so far as to say that this cameo is in my high three, subsequent to Matt Damon enjoying Loki in Thor: Ragnarok, and the return of J.Ok. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man: Far From Dwelling. In the event you haven’t seen it, please go watch The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 5 earlier than you proceed studying.
Spoilers forward for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 5 “Reality”.
Falcon and Winter Soldier episode 5 cameo
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Early into the most recent The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode, after John Walker (Wyatt Russell) has been stripped of the Captain America title and his army rank as a consequence of his episode 4 actions, he sits on a bench and complains to his spouse Olivia (Gabrielle Byndloss) about how the US authorities “doesn’t perceive what it takes to be Captain America. It’s not like I’m simply going to vanish.” Olivia tells him to focus and take issues one step at a time, however earlier than she will be able to finisher her sentence, the Walkers are interrupted by somebody’s footsteps. Very loud heels certainly.
A stranger wearing darkish purple from high to backside approaches them and introduces herself as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. “Truly, it’s Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine,” she provides. It’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the star of award-winning comedy collection equivalent to Veep and Seinfeld. In reality, Louis-Dreyfus has received eight Emmys for her performing, together with six in a row for Veep. Marvel has a historical past of tapping comedians for its motion pictures and TV exhibits — WandaVision villain Agatha Harkness, performed by Kathryn Hahn, was the most recent — however that is as huge because it will get for the MCU.
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Again to the cameo — Valentina then squeezes herself between Walker and his spouse, after which says that she would have performed the identical factor as him, again in Lativa: killing the Flag Smasher. Olivia interrupts her to ask who she is, however Valentina simply arms her a card with out even wanting in her route. She continues talking to Walker, telling him she is aware of that he took the Tremendous Soldier Serum and provides: “It has made you very, very priceless to sure folks. I really suppose it was the second-best selection you’ve ever made in your life.”
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The primary best option? Valentina says it’s tied with marrying the “fabulous firecracker” Olivia, although she’s actually toying with them. “Selecting up the cellphone after I name you,” Valentina then provides to Walker, making it completely clear whom he works for now. Valentina then tells him to not fear concerning the defend — she is aware of he doesn’t have it anymore — after which lets him on a “little soiled state secret”. The Captain America defend doesn’t really belong to the US authorities; it’s a authorized gray space of kinds.
“I’ll be in contact,” Valentina says as she will get up and leaves. Olivia arms the cardboard she received to Walker, who discovers that there’s nothing on it. It’s simply black on one facet and white on the opposite. What’s that presupposed to imply?
Who’s Valentina Allegra de Fontaine?
Within the Marvel comics — based on the official Marvel.com web site — Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine is an alias of a Russian spy who works for a secret community known as Leviathan. She and her household had been relocated to Italy in the course of the Chilly Battle and given their “de Fontaine” identities. After her spy dad and mom are supposedly killed by Russian brokers, Valentina would go on to be recruited by the newly-formed SHIELD and educated as a brilliant spy in her personal proper.
However Valentina was actually a double agent working for Leviathan. Valentina has had a future in Marvel comics, being a part of dozens of tales that includes Captain America and Nick Fury. She was even known as Madame Hydra at one level. However many of those are incompatible with the MCU given the time and place we’re now in. That mentioned, the MCU has a behavior of tweaking origin tales anyway, so don’t count on any of this to play out as such. The one factor that may seemingly maintain true is her Russian hyperlink, as a report by Vanity Fair has revealed.
Spoilers forward for an upcoming MCU film.
Instantly after The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 5 launched Friday, Vainness Truthful mentioned that Louis-Dreyfus was first meant to look as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in Black Widow, the Scarlett Johansson-led standalone film. Black Widow was initially designed to launch previous to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, however the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has switched the order. Black Widow is now slated to debut July 9 in cinemas and on Disney+ with Premier Access.
Given Black Widow revolves round Natasha Romanoff’s (Johansson) hyperlinks to the Soviet spy coaching facility Pink Room, evidently Louis-Dreyfus’ Valentina will retain her Russian origin story. What her story has been since stays unclear although. Vainness Truthful wonders if Marvel will nonetheless preserve her presence in Black Widow however it additionally claims that folks aware of the matter have mentioned that Marvel has “huge ambitions” for Louis-Dreyfus.
Meaning we’ll see much more of Valentina Allegra de Fontaine within the MCU Part 4. May she be the following huge dangerous within the MCU? Or will she be restricted to the following few motion pictures? Effectively, that’s one thing we’ll simply have to attend to seek out out.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 5 is now streaming on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 6 — the collection finale — releases on April 23 at 12:30pm IST / 12am PT.
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