Unused concept art from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier reveals a more comedic look for Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.
Abandoned concept art by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier reveals a more comically accurate look for Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.
The images can be found in Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: The Art of the Series and shows Val’s iconic white stripe in her hair, as well as an outfit similar to her spy suit from the comics. They contrast with Val’s more mundane look in the Disney+ series.
Valentina Allegra de Fontaine was originally supposed to debut in Black Widow† However, COVID-19 delays shook the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) schedule, causing The Falcon and the Winter Soldier her first performance. Her agenda remains shrouded in mystery, but she appears to be in recruiting mode. She gave John Walker his identity as an American agent after he lost the mantle of Captain America and is in close contact with Yelena Belova. While not confirmed, all signs point to her appearing in the near future Lightning strikes movie, which would potentially put her in a Nick Fury-esque role for the team of antiheroes.
“The Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine is a character with a rich publishing history… and to some extent it’s been hard figuring out who can fill those shoes, which in our minds kind of takes over the reins from Nick Fury,” MCU executive producer Nate Moore said. “But when we thought of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, she had a nice energy to her that you immediately realized that this person has a weight and a gravity, but they’re not the same as Nick Fury. It’s a very different energy.”
“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 controlling the room,” Moore added. “So speaking of a new leader, to some extent, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we were very lucky to find Julia Louis-Dreyfus.”
Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, created by Jim Steranko, made her first comic book appearance in Strange stories #159 in August 1967. As an agent of SHIELD, she was a love interest to Nick Fury and was portrayed by a Skrull at the beginning of Secret Invasion†
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Black Widow are available to stream on Disney+
Source: The Direct