Julia Louis-Dreyfus confirmed her next Marvel film and teased her possible costume. Now, fans have already become very familiar with Valentina Allegra de Fontaine from her appearances in several projects in the MCU. The actress spoke to Jimmy Kimmel about her next big appearance in Thunderbolts. That movie is starting filming sooner than you think, and many people are wondering about the plot of the massive crossover event. When Kimmel asked about the very tight costume Val had back in the early comics days and how Marvel didn’t put Louis-Dreyfus in it, the actress replied, “They still can!” So it’s clear that the MCU isn’t done with the Countess just yet. Afterward, Kimmel also wondered what movie fans could hope to see the actress in next. Of course she was a big part of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
“Actually I can, I’m going to be in Thunderbolts. Yeah, good guys do bad or bad guys do good,” the Val actress explained, before refuting the notion that her character is strictly a ‘bad guy’, “I think she straddles the line between good and bad. I think it’s a little bit of both. I think it’s a little unclear. It’s really unclear to me.”
Loius-Dreyfus continued, “When they told me about this, the head honchos at Marvel, they all explain to me about the character and who she wants to be involved with. This universe and that universe, I had a similar experience listening to my accountant tell me about my tax. I’m trying really hard to focus. I just keep asking my boys, ‘explain to me what that means?'”
How long has Val been in the picture?
It’s clear that Val has been dancing in the background of the MCU for quite some time now. Wakanda forever director Ryan Coogler actually confirmed that the shadowy government agent was indeed in the script at the time Black Panther sequel from the earliest days of development. This means that the rest of the MCU’s brain trust liked her so much that they decided to get Val off the bench earlier.
“Yes. But it was a combination,” Coogler explained to The New York Times. “Val (the CIA director, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) was much more active. It was basically a three-way conflict between Wakanda, the United States and Talokan. But it was all mostly from the kid’s perspective.”
“Yeah, nobody was shoehorned or asked to be put in the movie or anything like that. In fact, in this version (Louis-Dreyfus’ role) was cut back to make room to deal with T’Challa’s death. And we had Val in there before she even appeared in any of the other movies, before “Black Widow” and (the series) “Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” People assume we were told to put her in, but she was there from the start.”
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