The post-credit easter eggs are something that Marvel Studios pioneered with Iron Man and used in every single MCU film since then, making them almost a trademark of their cinematic universe. These small clips were not just about giving you something extra related to the film, but they were also glimpses into the future of the MCU, kind of like a connection that made more sense with every consecutive film. This linked all the films into the epic universal tale that the MCU had set out to create, all leading to the end of Avengers: Endgame.
Today, Marvel Studios still carry on this tradition of hiding crucial pieces of information in its end-credit scenes, although this time, they don’t seem to mean anything.
With the recent update that Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Val will be making yet another appearance in the upcoming Thunderbolts movie, fans are asking the most obvious question. Why is she in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
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We first saw CIA Director “Val” de Fontaine in the fifth episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. After John Walker is stripped of the title of Captain America, she approaches him and tells him, “You did the right thing, taking the serum.” Her second appearance was in Marvel Studios’ Black Widow where she appears after the events of Endgame to introduce herself to Natasha Romanoff’s adopted younger sister Yelena Belova. She comes there to tell her about Clint Barton and how he let Natasha die, promising Yelena to help her out if she would provide her with her skills as a top-tier agent.
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And now, her recent outing brings her into the midst of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, where it’s revealed that she was formerly married to Everett K. Ross, and was chasing him down for betraying the United States and siding with the Wakandans. But even through all this, fans are still oblivious about what she will offer in the grand scheme of things. As it stands out, we will be seeing Val yet again in the upcoming Captain America: New World Order and Thunderbolts films.
Val will appear in #CaptainAmericaNewWorldOrder #MarvelStudios pic.twitter.com/WGhMlGv65t
— Marvel Updates (@marvel_updat3s) November 14, 2022
Her constant appearances with no particular connection to the bigger picture of the MCU is surely getting fans a little irritated with the character. Fans have taken to Twitter to voice their displeasure with Val’s seemingly unrelated sightings.
I’m tired of this character already https://t.co/rZSGtx7pTB
— Ollie 🏹 (@TheQuiver_) November 15, 2022
Cant wait for hulk to tear her apart like this pic.twitter.com/c2Lj1RyfMM
— Your day’s not over🕸 (@newdayspiderman) November 15, 2022
To be honest, I really don’t like her character, she has been in 3 movies and has yet to do anything, what’s her purpose..
— Cowboy 88 Ph.D (@Cowboyvxl65703) November 15, 2022
she thinks she is amanda waller💀💀
— 🦇cade❇️ (@cade_fraser) November 15, 2022
Marvel better start fleshing this character out more if they’re gonna have her appear in literally every project 😭
— Mark (@Av3rageGymNerd) November 15, 2022
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What Is Val’s Purpose?
WARNING! POTENTIAL SPOILERS.
As per some educated guesses, many fans believe that Val is trying to assemble a group of remarkable people to see if they can become something more so that when the world needs them, they can fight their battles. Sound familiar? Yes, she is trying to basically become the next Nick Fury and assemble the next generation of the Avengers, who will be assembled in the upcoming Thunderbolts movie. Although, the fans think they aren’t doing a really good job with it until this point in time.
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Thunderbolts is set to release on 26th July 2024.