MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR “BLACK WIDOW” AND “FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER”
Had the pandemic not intervened, both “Black Widow” and “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” would have served as the first blocks in Marvel Studios’ ‘Phase 4’ plans to hit the screen.
This is a phase dubbed new beginnings, yet both works each feature an effectively standalone sequence with a character appearing in much the same way Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury appeared in the ‘Phase 1’ Marvel films – albeit a darker mirror of that.
That character is Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine, played by “Seinfeld” and “Veep” alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The mysterious woman seems to be on something of a recruiting binge but for what is not clear.
In a recent episode of the D23 Inside Disney podcast (via Collider), Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige confirmed that nothing was changed despite the necessary re-ordering, but wouldn’t give away the Contessa’s mission statement:
“Initially Val was supposed to be introduced in the tag of Black Widow. It [the pandemic] actually didn’t change anything based on where you met her first.
She was always going to be a mysterious figure, portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, that stepped in out of nowhere. We just initially planned for that to be in Black Widow instead of [The] Falcon [and The Winter Soldier].
She’s doing something. She’s in recruitment mode.