The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 5 cameo isn’t what anyone expected, but it does have potentially long-term consequences for the MCU.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 5, “Truth,” which is now airing on Disney +.

As previously reported, the fifth episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier features a major cameo from a Marvel Comics character. But while it’s not Doctor Doom or Mephisto, perennial targets of such rumors, the surprise appearance could have far-reaching consequences for the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, better known as … Madame Hydra.

The cameo was spoiled on Twitter moments after the episode’s release on Disney +. However, for the spoiler-averse who avoid social media on Fridays, the character is played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus from Seinfeld Y Veep fame.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (“You can call me Val, but don’t call me Val; keep it in your head”) arrives early in the episode, as John Walker (Wyatt Russell) is at an all-time low. Defeated by Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, who claim the shield, Walker is later stripped by a court of Captain America’s title and authority, and discharged from the army without rank or financial gain.

As Walker and his wife, Olivia (Gabrielle Byndloss), sit outside the courtroom, planning their next move, they are approached by a woman with a purple streak in her hair and wearing a long coat and stiletto boots. She offers sympathy, rationalization, and a seemingly blank card.

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“Anyway,” says the Contessa, “you did the right thing by taking the serum. Yes, of course I know. And I’ll tell you something: it has made you very, very valuable to certain people.” She ends what certainly sounds like a sales pitch with “I’ll be in touch”, leaving viewers with the feeling that John Walker is about to make a deal with the devil. And that is not far.

Valentina Allegra de Fontaine

Introduced by a legendary writer and artist in the 1967s. Strange tales # 159, Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine was a prominent SHIELD agent and ally (and former lover) of Nick Fury. She later joined the Hydra terrorist organization, where she became known as Madame Hydra, before betraying the group to the shadowy Soviet cabal Leviathan, who appeared in Marvel Agent Carter. Turns out the Contessa had been working for Leviathan the entire time, and was assigned to infiltrate SHIELD and Hydra.

It’s tempting to believe that Contessa’s cameo in “Truth” paves the way for Hydra’s reintroduction as a major antagonist in the MCU. But perhaps it is more likely to open the door for Leviathan to take Hydra’s place as the main terrorist group, with John Walker’s American agent as his most recognizable agent. It is also possible that “certain persons” is a reference to Power Broker, whose identity has been a slow subplot in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. We know that the Power Broker, whether it’s Sharon Carter or someone who hasn’t been introduced yet, has a keen interest in super soldiers, so what would he do? her, Give to have one on the payroll?

Directed by Kari Skogland, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell, Noah Mills, Carl Lumbly, and Daniel Brühl. A new episode premieres every Friday on Disney +.

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