A Thunderbolts character makes a cameo in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and the MCU actor shows some love to the new film’s director.
The actor playing the anticipated lead in Marvel Studio’s upcoming Thunderbolts seems happy to have a surprise cameo in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
A smiling Julia Louis-Dreyfus posted a photo of her with Wakanda Forever director Ryan Coogler, stating “I love this man.” Louis-Dreyfus appears in the film as her character Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, now director of the CIA.
Wakanda Forever also reveals Fontaine is the ex-wife of CIA operative Everett Ross, played by Martin Freeman. In the film, Fontaine places Ross under arrest for secretly working with the Wakandans outside of U.S. jurisdiction. Ross is eventually forcefully freed from Fontaine’s custody by former Dora Milaje general Okoye, played by Danai Gurira.
Fontaine’s appearance in Wakanda Forever is atypical of her previous MCU appearances, where she is seen to be assembling a new team of superheroes, or anti-heroes, destined to become the Thunderbolts. Her presence in the film is largely focused on her suspicions of Wakanda’s intentions with the nation’s native Vibranium, and how the U.S. government can get its own hands on the precious metal.
Valentina Allegra de Fontaine’s Brief History in the MCU
Louis-Dreyfus’ character was introduced in Disney+’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, seeking out the disgraced John Walker, the failed replacement for Steve Rogers’ Captain America. Fontaine helps Walker start to regain his reputation by rebranding him as the U.S.Agent and recruiting him into her service — now known to be her creation of the Thunderbolts.
Fontaine next appears in the post-credits scene of Black Widow, now contacting Yelena Belova, sister figure to the now-deceased Natasha Romanoff. Fontaine offers her the opportunity to kill Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, whom she tells Yelena was responsible for Natasha’s death. Yelena does indeed go after Clint in the titular Disney+ series, but he successfully explains to her the true nature of Natasha’s death, and her sacrifice in helping to defeat Thanos. Yelena is also expected to join Fontaine’s Thunderbolts.
In addition to Wyatt Russell’s U.S.Agent and Florence Pugh’s Black Widow, Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts is slated to feature Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes, David Harbour’s Red Guardian, Olga Kurylenko’s Taskmaster and Hannah John-Kamen’s Ghost. The team as assembled by Fontaine will presumably work at the behest of the U.S. government. The film currently has a 2024 release date.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now playing in theaters.