Marvel and MCU has always been secretive about casting, and with the inception of phase 4, Kevin Feige and the crew are taking extra care about the future of the franchise. So, when Wyatt Russell explained he did not know about Julia Louis-Dreyfus making a cameo in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, we were not particularly surprised.
As the events of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 5, Truth, unfolded on Disney+ we saw the quick downfall of the former Captain America, John Walker. He was stripped of his military rank and was asked to return the Captain America shield. With everything gone and only his former work in the military resulting in him not getting a prison sentence, a spiraling Walker is approached by a shadowy figure.
After the hearing to strip John Walker of his rank is finalized and he is outside with his wife, a woman arrives in front of him promising him structure. She introduces herself as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine and presents an alternative version of Nick Fury, almost akin to how the former SHIELD director arrived in Iron Man. But Wyatt Russell had no idea Julia Louis-Dreyfus was coming in for a cameo in the episode.
Wyatt Russell had Fun Appearing Alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine
The involvement of Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier came as a surprise. While the character has been in the comics for over five decades now, relatively few number of people knew about her before the 11 time Emmy winner so seamless stole the whole episode in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as Valentina.
It was later revealed that Valentina was supposed to first make an appearance in the Black Widow movie. But the pandemic pushed the movie further back then The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and we are introduced to her character in 2021 via the show. But most of the cast did not know Julia was playing the character and coming through in the fifth episode, including Wyatt Russell who had to appear with her on screen.
Explaining the casting and appearance of Valentina, the actor said he was surprised when the former Seinfeld and Veep star came through. The actor said everyone knew someone was coming in to make a cameo appearance but Julia was far from their minds. Still, the actor said it was fun to work with her, “It’ll be endlessly interesting because she’s endlessly interesting.”
“I think people are going to think one thing and get a little bit of another because she’s such a great actress and you’ve seen her do feats for the past, however many years. This is a very different type of character for her,” Russell continues. “I’m excited for whatever comes with that. I don’t know. I have no idea what’s going to come of it, but I hope something does. It would be amazing to work with her,” Russell spoke of the future.
In the comics Valentina is a talented spy why bested Nick Fury in hand to hand combat resulting in her getting hired by shield. She was a close ally of Nick and at one time even his romantic partner but soon after the downfall of SHIELD things about her past come to life. Valentina Allegra de Fontaine is a Russian plant in SHIELD and she later joins Hydra.
Valentina is later imprisoned in the comics and this appearance looks like a continuation from the imprisonment. Maybe her relationship with Fury will be referenced in the future installments of Marvel movies and there can be a come together on screen. Valentina Allegra de Fontaine does play a role in the Secret Invasion series so this is not last of Julia Louis-Dreyfus you’ve seen in the MCU.
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