Falcon and the Winter Soldier: That Marvel Comics cameo and end credits scene explained

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WARNING: SPOILERS FOR THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER EPISODE 5 AHEAD. The penultimate episode of Sam and Bucky’s Disney+ solo outing had a lot going on. But it was that Marvel Comics cameo that is really getting fans very excited.

After John Walker’s dismissal as Captain America, Julia Louis-Dreyfus suddenly showed up announcing herself as Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.

In Marvel Comics she started off as a wealthy Italian who becomes a secret agent.

However, Valentina aka Madama Hydra is later revealed to be a Russian sleeper agent.

This is particularly interesting considering Vanity Fair has reported she was originally set to debut in the Black Widow movie.

Black Widow was originally supposed to debut the MCU’s Phase 4 almost a year ago before the pandemic kept pushing it back all the way to July 2021.

It’s still not clear whether she will feature in the prequel, but considering the Russian spy connection, it’s possible Valentina could have been trained in the same programme as both Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff and Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova.

Interestingly, the outlet argues that Madame Hydra could become something of an evil Nick Fury after she told Walker to come to see her she calls him.

They also pointed out that Valentina could be assembling The Thunderbolts, a team of reformed supervillains.

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While she’s also known for an all-female assault team called Femme Force with Sharon Carter.

Now Marvel’s playing catch up on woman villains with the likes of Cate Blanchett’s Hela in Thor Ragnarok and Kathryn Hahn’s Agatha Harkness in WandaVision, fans should expect to be seeing a lot more of Madame Hydra

And as for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’s end credits scene with Walker, the comics could be pointing at what’s going on there too.

Following his first encounter with Valentina, Walker was seen forging himself a new Captain America shield.

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But now that it looks like Sam is finally taking up the mantle Steve Rogers gave him Walker may well end up as US Agent aka Super Patriot.

So just like Valentina, we don’t think he’ll be leaving the MCU anytime soon either.

Next week marks the final episode of The Falcon and in The Winter Soldier, but Marvel have more movies and TV shows planned for 2021.

Next up will be Tom Hiddleston’s Loki series in June, which will follow the alternate 2012 version of the villain last seen in Avengers Endgame.

With Iron Man having accidentally changed the timeline and given this Loki the Tesseract, the god of mischief is picked up by Time Variance Authority to fix it.

Interestingly, Loki has the same screenwriter as 2022’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness so no doubt we’ll be seeing more of him.

Whatever happens, the MCU is about to get even weirder as it explores both alternate realities and time travel going forwards.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is streaming on Disney+ now.

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