For Julia Louis-Dreyfus, her appearance in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was just the beginning. In just a few minutes of screen time, she made an impression by beginning to act at the level of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), who pioneered the Avengers Initiative.
“Whenever we talked about Valentine, even in the writer’s room, she seemed more snarky, funny, but darker than Nick Fury,” said executive producer Nate Moore. marvel.com. “Someone who knows her secrets, who isn’t afraid to operate in the gray area of morality, but perhaps who isn’t as altruistic in nature.” Louis-Dreyfus brings an element of humor to a character whose motives are still the subject of controversy. And, according to the Emmy Award winner, returning to the Marvel Universe was an easy decision. All Kevin Feige had to say was Valentina Allegra de Fontaine’s title: “Contessa” (via marvel.com). After that, Louis-Dreyfus could not say no.
For those wondering who Valentina Allegra de Fontaine is, she has a rich history in the Marvel Universe and is exactly what this new phase of Marvel needs. Bringing in characters like Elena and Bucky who yearn for companionship as well as redemption brings a darker element to the cinematic universe. Now the only thing the fans need is Zemo to complete the morally difficult team.