Marvel producer confirms who will replace Nick Fury as MCU leader

Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury was one of the first world-building elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First published in Iron Man, the character was featured in several other projects when he first brought the Avengers together. While Fury will next appear in the Disney+ series Secret InvasionIn the meantime, it seems someone else has gotten the knack of assembling his own team: Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Val.

The character first appeared in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, where she approached Wyatt Russell’s US agent after his brutal international incident. Despite that, Val seems to be quite involved in everything that puts them together.

So what’s her deal? Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Has At Least Confirmed How “she seems to be in recruiting mode”-but for what? And could she in some way replace Nick Fury’s former role within the MCU?

Now, thanks to a new artbook for Anthony Mackie’s recent series, in which she first appeared, a well-known Marvel producer has commented on it.

Nick Fury replaced by Julia Louis Dreyfus’ Val

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the new book, Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: The Art of the Serieswas recently released, in which executive producer Nate Moore commented on Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Fall and her place in the MCU.

When it came to casting Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, Moore noted how “when [they] thought about Julia Louis-Dreyfus, there was a nice energy to her,” one that helped make her “not the same as Nick Fury:”

“Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine is a character with a rich publishing history… and to some extent it was hard to work out who can fill those shoes, which in our minds is kind of taking over the reins from Nick Fury. But then we thought about Julia Louis-Dreyfus, there was a nice energy to her that you immediately realize that this person has a weight and a gravity, but they’re not the same as Nick Fury. It’s a very different energy.”

The producer confirmed that Marvel Studios is committed to making Val “a new leader… in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:”

“There’s a snarl in the character that I think sets her apart from what’s come before. And yet you still feel like she’s running the room. So when you’re talking about a new leader, to some degree, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we were very lucky to find Julia Louis-Dreyfus.”

What will be the product of False leadership?

So what exactly is Val doing? Well, the obvious answer would be the recently announced one Lightning strikes project. While no details about the project are available yet, The Suicide Squadlike adventure could see John Walker, Yelena Belova, Zemo and more for their own band of merry supers.

But how does it all relate to Nick Fury and his role in the MCU? The character of Samuel L. Jackson has been oddly absent from the proceedings lately, something even the man himself is a little confused about.

While fans don’t know how his next adventure, Secret Invasion, will play out, can it end by giving Fury a nice position in space? He may be forced to return to Earth when he starts hearing Val’s sloppy jokes.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is now streaming on Disney+, and Secret Invasion will likely hit the streaming service sometime in early 2023.

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