Who is Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in Black Widow’s credits scene?

Marvel Studios’ Black Widow — the very first brand-new film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe because the beginning of the international coronavirus pandemic — is lastly striking theaters and living spaces this weekend, on the cinema and on Disney Plus.

However in between the last Marvel film and Black Widow there’s been something brand-new: Marvel’s Disney Plus tv programs, which are connected far more straight into Marvel Cinematic Universe canon than their predecessors like Representatives of GUARD or Representative Carter.

Case in point: If you haven’t kept up on Marvel’s TELEVISION series, Black Widow’s end credits scene is gonna toss a great deal of brand-new things at you.

[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for Black Widow and some Marvel television shows on Disney Plus.]

Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) looks fearfully over her shoulder just before sacrificing herself on Vormir, in an unused, deleted scene from Avengers: Endgame.

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What takes place in Black Widow’s credits scene?

The reality hanging over all of Black Widow is that the entire thing is a prequel — happening in between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War — and its primary character is dead in contemporary Marvel film connection.

Throughout the occasions of Avengers: Endgame, Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) compromised her life in the world Vormir so Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) might leave with the Soul Stone. Considering that she outright passed away, and wasn’t captured in Thanos’ breeze, she did not return with the other characters when the Avengers utilized the put together Infinity Stones to reverse his work.

And while Black Widow correct remained securely in the past, the film’s end credits scene provide us a tip of today, as a current-day Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) and her pet dog Fanny check out Natasha’s tomb. There, she’s cornered by a beginner to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus).

In the comics, Fontaine is a GUARD mole, who ultimately defected and increased to command her own wicked secret society as Madame Hydra. Her MCU version is still mainly shrouded in secrecy. Black Widow was initially going to be Fontaine’s very first look in the franchise, however thanks to COVID-related release date shuffling, The Falcon and the Winter Season Soldier premiered prior to Black Widow, and debuted her very first.

What seems clear is that she works for the United States government in some secretive capacity, and she’s preparing for an upcoming conflict by contacting her own recruits. In TFatWS, she made contact with John Walker, and aided him in his transformation from Captain America to the U.S. Agent.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Valentina and John in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
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From Black Widow’s final scene, it seems clear that Yelena has found a place working for the U.S. government — or at least for Fontaine, as she complains that she’s supposed to be on vacation rather than in the field for Fontaine.

But Fontaine has arrived with a more personal mission, and she hands over a file on Clint Barton, Natasha Romanoff’s beloved partner. The Marvel Cinematic Universe viewer knows that Natasha sacrificed herself on Vormir as Clint yelled at her to let him do it instead, however Yelena only has Clint’s word for that. Fontaine explains that this is Yelena’s chance to go after the man who killed her sister, and the scene ends with that promise: Of an inevitable showdown between Yelena and Hawkeye.

That showdown is almost certainly coming this fall in Marvel’s Hawkeye television series, inspired by Matt Fraction and David Aja’s 2012 comic series of the same name. Disney announced that Florence Pugh had joined the cast of the TV show in late 2020.

So, if you want to know everything there is to know about Fontaine, check out The Falcon and the Winter Season Soldier. And if you wish to know what takes place with Yelena, watch out for Hawkeye on Disney Plus.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.