Thunderbolts: Who is Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine?

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The fifth episode of the Marvel Studios show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier introduced the character of Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

After being removed from the post of Captain America, John Walker is seated in the company of his wife on a bench when an elegant woman approaches them who introduces herself as Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. After talking non-stop for a few minutes and without granting a reply to Walker, the Countess takes leave, telling him that she will be the one to get in touch with him.

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The second appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe of the Countess took place in the film Black Widow and more precisely in the scene of the credits in which Valentina joins Yelena Belova at the grave of Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow. In that context, Valentina suggests to Yelena that Natasha's death was caused by Clint Burton aka Hawkeye. The meeting between the two women suggests that the Black Widow was already in the team put together by Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine and, in addition, justifies the presence and actions of Yelena Belova in the TV series Hawkeye.

Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in comics

As for the comics, the character was created way back in 1967 and after being a SHIELD agent he joined Hydra to rule the evil organization. Valentina is in fact better known as the second Madame Hydra (role that he definitively assumed in the comic book run entitled Secret Warriors).

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The Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in the Marvel Comics

At the head of Hydra Val he has enormous decision-making powers and proves incredibly lethal and merciless. In the Marvel world you can be considered the other side of the coin on which the face of Nick Fury is depicted!
As for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, just like it did in 2008's Iron Man with the surprise appearance of Nick Fury which kicked off the Avengers Initiative, Madame Hydra surprise appeared in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to bring a lot to life. probably to a new group of supervillains.

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The juxtaposition between the appearances of Fury and the Countess is supported by the other figurative parallelism between John Walker and Tony Stark proposed in the credits scene of the fifth episode by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Just as Tony Stark forged his first armor in Iron Man and was later hired by Fury to be part of the Avengers, John Walker forges his shield to be part of a group of supervillains in the near future.
The group of villains could bring a breath of fresh air to the MCU by offering from time to time not a single villain but a well-orchestrated network of enemies led by Madame Hydra.

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Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in Thunderbolts

The film Thunderbolts was announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, while at D23 Expo 2022 among the Marvel announcements The formation of this supergroup has been revealed, which has among its members the Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine played once again by the actress born in '61 Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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Thunderbolts does not yet have an official plot but, from what we have seen so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe it seems clear that Valentina will be leading the group of Thunderbolts, whose line-up was unveiled at D23 Expo 2022 and is made up of Bucky Barnes, Ghost, US Agent, Taskmaster, Red Guardian and of course also Yelena Belova.

Thunderbolts is set for release in US theaters on July 26, in Marvel releases of 2024.

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