Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine acquires powerful individuals and basically hires them to work for her. We have seen her before in the Disney+ show Falcon and the Winter Soldier as well as in the movie Black Widow. We will now explore the Contessa’s role and character in the comics, her previous appearances in the MCU and what Marvel could have planned for her future.
Valentina Allegra De Fontaine is a sleeper agent and super spy who works for the terrorist group Leviathan and has successfully infiltrated both HYRDA and S.H.I.E.L.D. Her parents too worked as sleeper agents for Leviathan and passed on the mantle to their daughter. After the death of her parents, she was also approached by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who took her on board. She trained at a S.H.I.E.L.D. academy to become a spy and even defeated Nick Fury in hand-to-hand combat. In the future, she also had an on-and-off relationship with Nick Fury. She was a triple agent and only had loyalty to Leviathan.
She is an excellent spy and has mastered the art of disguise. Having been in the world of crime and espionage for this long, she has also developed contacts. She initially worked under Sharon Carter as a part of the Femme Force and often butted heads with her due to their common pursuit of Captain America. She eventually became a high ranking officer in S.H.I.E.L.D. Valentina is a great marksman and a master of hand to hand combat. She is also an excellent spy and strategist.
During a mission with Nick Fury she went up against a robot of Yellow Claw that was being controlled by Doctor Victor Von Doom. Later on, Val also saved Fury from an assassination attempt by Claw’s agents. In fact, she saved Fury’s life multiple times even when she stole the Infinity Formula. She has helped Daredevil and was once sent to kill Black Widow and Spider-Man.
In the MCU she has been seen finding recruits who are all superpowered individuals. She first appeared in Falcon and the Winter Soldier when she met with John Walker. John Walker was initially going to succeed Steve Rogers as Captain America. However, he lost the title due to his public murder of Nico. This is when Val confronted him and told him that she knew he had taken the super soldier serum. She justified his actions and recruited him. She gave him a black suit and named him U.S. Agent
She also appeared in Black Widow where she talked to Yelena Belova. They met near her sister, Natasha Romanoff’s grave. She gave her a new assignment which required her to go after the supposed killer of her sister, Hawkeye. Clint Barton was her next target. During the show Hawkeye we find out that Kate’s mother, Eleanor Bishop, had hired the Contessa to assassinate Clint Barton. She is clearly very manipulative and know exactly what to say to recruit these individuals.
Valentina is clearly recruiting special powerful individuals for a team of her own. With the Thunderbolts project coming up we think that she’ll be heading the group. The Thunderbolts were basically a team of villains disguised as heroes who wanted to take advantage of the absence of Avengers. The team was created and led by Baron Zemo and he was the mastermind behind it all. These individuals are morally compromised and act in the grey. However, they aren’t truly villains and wanted to remain as heroes due to the support and love that they received.
This definitely rings true for a few of the possible members of this team in the MCU such as Yelena. Moreover, John Walker also worked alongside the Thunderbolts in the comics. In the MCU the Avengers too are in a precarious position with Peter Parker’s unfortunate situation, the lack of a solid leadership and the death of many previous members. Valentina could very well be taking advantage of this situation and building her own team of supers which will contain darker versions of both Captain America and Black Widow.
We cannot wait to see what Marvel has planned for this great fierce character!