Marvel Studios Vice President of Production and Development Nate Moore spoke openly about Fontaine’s Contessa Valentina “Val” Allegra. wakandan forever cameo and how the new director of the CIA will impact the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Certainly, this [Black Panther: Wakanda Forever] It is not the last time you will see Valentina. I now clearly believe that she and [Everett K.] Ross could be at different tables in the same restaurant,” Moore revealed in an interview with rant on screen. “The detail about their past relationship was something Ryan [Coogler] I thought it would be very fun and interesting to explore. Hopefully, we’ll be able to build on that. But with Valentina, much like Nick Fury in Phase One, we’re slowly building up the story of a woman who maybe has her finger in more pies than you realize. And we’ll see if that’s a good thing or a bad thing for the MCU.”
Created by writer-artist Jim Steranko, Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine first appeared in Marvel Comics. strange tales #59 (1967) as Nick Fury’s agent and love interest. However, despite working for SHIELD, the character’s allegiance to the espionage organization was murky at best, with later storylines revealing Contessa Valentina as a Russian mole secretly working for the terrorist organization. Based in the Soviet Union, Leviathan. She has also worked for HYDRA under the alias Madame Hydra.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever marks Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ third appearance in the MCU as Val, and the sequel establishes her character as the ex-wife of Martin Freeman’s Everett K. Ross, as well as the new director of the CIA. She first appeared on the Disney+ series. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, befriending John Walker and later renaming him the United States Agent. He then appeared on black widowThe ‘s post-credits scene, where he hired Yelena Belova to kill Hawkeye, telling her that he was responsible for the death of her sister, Natasha Romanoff.
Val will assemble the Thunderbolts
Louis-Dreyfus’s next confirmed appearance as Val is in Jake Schreier’s Ray, which will be released in 2024 as part of Phase 5 of the MCU. In the upcoming film, the CIA director is expected to assemble the titular team, which will consist of six members: John Walker/US Agent (Wyatt Russell), Yelena Belova/Black Widow (Florence Pugh), Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian (David Harbour), Antonia Dreykov/Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko), Ava Starr/Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). Production on the Phase 5 film is expected to begin in June 2023.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently playing in theaters. Ray It will be released in theaters on July 24, 2024.
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