‘A woman who maybe has her finger in more pies than you think’: Marvel Studios Boss Officially Declares Val as Nick Fury’s Successor

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Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury has been in the MCU since the very first movie. Followed by his first appearance in the 2008 Iron Man, the character was seen in several films as he found the Avengers. Samuel L. Jackson was last seen in Spider-Man: Far From Home and is set to reprise his role in the upcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion. Now that Nick Fury would be going against the Skrulls in Secret Invasion, Marvel Studios has revealed its plans about who would be replacing him as the MCU leader.

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Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine and Nick Fury
Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine and Nick Fury

Marvel producer Nate Moore has revealed that Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Val will be taking over as the leader in the MCU for its upcoming phases. The character was first seen in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. And the director of the CIA seems to follow the same path as Fury as she continues to recruit her own team in the MCU.


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Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine Will be the Next Nick Fury

While Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury started recruiting the Avengers in the 2008 Iron Man, Julia Louis Dreyfus’ Val started her MCU journey with The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. She later appeared in Black Widow and was lastly seen in Wakanda Forever as the director of the CIA.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Valentina Allegra

Wakanda Forever sets her up as a powerful figure. And as the character is set to appear in Thunderbolts, that would likely be the team she has been recruiting for.

Marvel producer, Nate Moore talked about Valentina’s appearance in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and compared her with Nick Fury’s character in Phase one.


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This would not be the first time Nate Moore has hinted at Valentina being the next leader in the MCU. Earlier, after the release of Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: The Art of the Series, Moore talked about Valentina’s place in the MCU.

Julia Louis Dreyfus' Val Black Widow post-credit scene
Julia Louis Dreyfus’ Val Black Widow post-credit scene

The Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine is a character that has a rich publication history… and to some degree, figuring out who can fill those shoes, which in our mind is in a way taking the reins from Nick Fury, was tough.”

But with Valentina, much like Nick Fury in Phase One, we’re slowly building the story of a woman who maybe has her finger in more pies than you think,” Nate Moore said as he confirmed that the studio is planning to represent her as the next leader in the MCU.

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How Valentina’s Character is Different From Nick Fury’s?

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever introduces Countess Valentina Allegra de Fontaine as the director of the CIA. As she confronts Everett Ross in a sequence, she reveals her intentions of waging a war against Wakanda.

Talking about Valentina, Nate Moore also said that he has no idea if this would be a good thing or a bad thing for the MCU. While both characters would be leaders in the MCU, their motivations are totally different. Fury was recruiting superheroes to protect Earth, but Valentina’s motivations appear to be the opposite of Fury’s.


Being the director of the CIA, she also clarifies that she is willing to do everything to get vibranium out of Wakanda. And as she continues recruiting Thunderbolts members, it is believed that she is doing so that the team can go against heroes aligned with other governments.

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Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine

Her character seems more politically minded than Nick Fury. Valentina is only focused on elevating the United States without considering the dangerous consequences it could have. Her character symbolizes how dangerous Nick Fury could have been if he had the same intentions as Valentina.


Although Valentina and Thunderbolts are not villains, these characters still indicate complicated times ahead. Black Panther 2 clearly portrays Valentina’s intentions and this could lead to some serious issues for the future superheroes of the MCU.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is playing in theatres now.


Source: Screenrant


Written by Laxmi Rajput

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