Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury was one of the earliest world-forming elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First published in iron man, the character was featured in several other projects when he first brought the Avengers together. While Fury appears next in the Disney+ series Secret invasionmeanwhile someone else seems to have gotten the hang of putting together their own team: Val by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
The character first appeared in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, where she joined Wyatt Russell’s US agents after his brutal international incident. Despite that, Val seems pretty determined to dabble in whatever composes her.
So what’s her deal? Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, has at least confirmed how “She seems to be in recruitment mode”-but for what? And could she in some ways replace Nick Fury’s previous role within the MCU?
Now, thanks to a new artbook for Anthony Mackie’s recent series in which she made her debut, a major Marvel producer has commented on just that.
Nick Fury is replaced by Julia Louis Dreyfus’ Val
the new book, Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: The Art of the Serieswas released recently, and in it executive producer Nate Moore commented on Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Val and her place in the MCU.
When it came to casting Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, Moore noted how “If [they] thought of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, she had a fun energy.” one who helped her “not the same as Nick Fury:”
“The Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine is a character with a rich publishing history… and to some extent, it has been difficult to figure out who can fill in those footsteps, which we think is taking the reins from Nick Fury in a way. But when we thought of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, she had a fun energy that immediately realized that this person has a weight and a gravity, but she’s not the same as Nick Fury. It’s a completely different energy.”
The producer confirmed that Marvel Studios is targeting Val “a new leader… in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:”
“There’s a touch to the character that I think sets her apart from anything that’s come before. And yet you have the feeling that she dominates the room. So if you’re talking about a certain new leader in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’ve been very lucky to find Julia Louis-Dreyfus.”
What will be the product of Val’s leadership?
So what exactly is Val up to? Well, the obvious answer would be the recently announced one thunderbolts Project. Although no details about the project are available yet, The Suicide Squad-style adventures could see John Walker, Yelena Belova, Zemo and more for their own band of happy superstars.
But how does this all tie into Nick Fury and his role in the MCU? The character of Samuel L. Jackson has been oddly absent lately, something even the man himself is a little confused about.
While fans don’t know what his next adventure will be like, Secret invasion, will play out, could it end up with Fury getting a nice position in space? He may be forced to return to Earth when he begins to learn of Val’s messy shenanigans.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier streaming now on Disney+ and Secret invasion will likely hit the streaming service in early 2023.