'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier': Here's the story behind the major MCU cameo that blew up on Twitter (spoilers)
This post contains spoilers for the fifth episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
What's the deal with Julia Louis-Dreyfus? The Emmy-winning Seinfeld and Veep star started trending on Twitter early in the a.m. ... and it's not because there's an Elaine Benes spin-off coming to Netflix this fall. Turns out that Louis-Dreyfus is the newest citizen of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making her first appearance in the penultimate episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier — an hour-long installment called "Truth" that sets up the show's final confrontation between the men who would be Captain America: John Walker and Sam Wilson.
Louis-Dreyfus pops up following Walker's disastrous appearance in front of a military tribunal, where he's discharged from the armed services and officially stripped of the shield that he bloodied on last week's episode. But he's still convinced he was in the right — and so does Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, who has been both an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Madam Hydra in Marvel's comic book universe since comics icon Jim Steranko created her in 1967. "I would have killed the bastard, too," the Contessa tells a distraught John, adding that he has value to certain high-rollers outside of the military. And she makes it clear that she intends to keep in touch with him for future exploits in that "legal grey area" where she operates.
According to Vanity Fair, we won't have to wait for a second season of FAWS for another glimpse of Valentina. Louis-Drefyus is also in the big-screen Black Widow solo adventure that was supposed to hit theaters last May, until the coronavirus pandemic upended those plans. (It's currently scheduled to premiere theatrically and on Disney+ as a "premiere access" title on July 9.) The magazine also hypothesizes that she'll be central to the next phase of the MCU, potentially as the yet-to-be-revealed Power Broker or as the leader of the anti-Avengers, the Thunderbolts.
Over on Twitter, that speculation was a lot of yada yada yada compared to the revelation Julia Louis-Dreyfus is in the freakin' MCU.
you cast julia louis-dreyfus and i’m gonna root for julia louis-dreyfus, villain or not #TFATWS pic.twitter.com/SXvQ1uR6aW
— mia (@selinaforyou) April 16, 2021
The Marvel franchise is 100% beneath 8 time Emmy Award winning actress Julia Louis Dreyfus talent but I'm glad she's on #TFATWS to outdo everyone in ACTING and FASHION!!! pic.twitter.com/xoF79WeOiS
— 🎢 (@notpunnyhunny) April 16, 2021
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in #TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier now we just need the rest of the Seinfeld cast (and Larry David) to appear in the Marvel Universe.
— The Movie View (@TheMovieView1) April 16, 2021
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS IS IN THE MCU!!!!!! AND SHE ALREADY STOLE THE ENTIRE EPISODE IN ONE SCENE pic.twitter.com/TZwVVhfcdv
— Justice For @/TargaryenNation (@Targ_Nation) April 16, 2021
#TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier #FalconAndWinterSoldier The streets are saying this is cameo that was teased all week and it’s Madam Hydra? I’m just surprised that it was Julia Louis-Dreyfus showed up. pic.twitter.com/dPMDkYCTBU
— Nate Vari (@natevari) April 16, 2021
The Contessa made an equally big impression on Walker. A post-credits scene reveals that the disgraced Cap isn't going lightly into retirement. Instead, he's following in the steps of his comic book counterpart by building his own Vibranium-free shield.
John Walker forging his bootleg shield, Iron man style#TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier pic.twitter.com/KrUGbEP1FZ
— Deacon St John (@mikosmachine) April 16, 2021
John Walker and his craft room shield in the next episode. #TFATWS pic.twitter.com/GTzaKRFRn1
— Maaaan Fuck Dem Kids⁷ (@Kinglust3r) April 16, 2021
#TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier spoilers !
not john walker making a diy captain america shield at the end 😭 pic.twitter.com/ovLoxWx97V
— morgs🧚🏼♀️ (@tpwksolo) April 16, 2021
#TheFalconAndTheWinterSoldier #TFATWS #tfatwsspoilers
John Walker personalising his DTIYS cap shield , well done John , looking strong John pic.twitter.com/UmZJitOoPi
— Nova ⎊ talks2herself (@supanovo) April 16, 2021
Meanwhile, Cap's actual shield is back in Sam's possession, and he seems ready to put it to use. Over the course of a rousing training montage, Steve's pal gets himself into fighting shape — without the aid of any super soldier serum — just in time for his first mission as America's (third) first Avenger: saving the Global Repatriation Council from a Flag-Smashers attack. In the final shot of "Truth," Sam opens a suitcase that many are assuming contains his Captain America suit.
// TFATWS FATWS SPOILERS
Who wanna bet the thing in the suitcase was his Captain America suit and NOT his Redwing.
WE NEED CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON
— Crim ¦ bucky barnes arc ☁️ (@crimbur_) April 16, 2021
godddd im really excited about his new suit 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/gYdPw8srfE
— sam wilson protector (@dilfmackie) April 16, 2021
omg sam wilson seeing his new captain america suit for the first time !! i can’t wait pic.twitter.com/02LGfkvnk9
— jaz (@flickerswidow) April 16, 2021
Whats in the suit case??
I think its a Vibranium made suit for Sam wilson......💥💯#FalconAndWinterSoldier @AnthonyMackie pic.twitter.com/f9MeAvaRqY
— Sujeet-Vnsᴳᵉᵗᵂᵉˡˡˢᵒᵒⁿᴬᵏˢʰᵃʸˢᶦʳ🙏❣ (@akkiens_01) April 16, 2021
#tfatws spoilers #SamWilson
sam wilson in his captain america suit next week who else cheered pic.twitter.com/Dpaccw7Bjr
— abby (@haymitchsgeese1) April 16, 2021
Whether there's a new suit in that suitcase or not, Sam is well aware that Captain America's legacy comes with its own baggage. In the episode's most memorable scene, Wilson has a long talk with Isaiah Bradley about what the super soldier serum cost him. Instead of being crowned a hero, Isaiah was locked away from the world and only regained his freedom by faking his death. "They will never let a Black man be Captain America," Isaiah says. "And even if they did, no self-respecting Black man would ever want to be." Talk about your "Truth" bombs.
Isiah Bradley's story of disobeying orders to go on a solo mission to successfully rescue his fellow soldiers is identical to what Steve Rogers did in the 1st Captain America movie.
Bradley's and Rogers' treatment by the US military after those rescue missions is very different
— MICHΔΞL ▲JIH (@iAMmichaelajih) April 16, 2021
"They don't want a black man to be Captain America, and no self respecting black man should ever want to be" Isiah Bradley out here dropping bars oh my goodness 🔥🔥🔥✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿!!!!!!
— J-Money (@jturner66) April 16, 2021
Wow the episode was dope Isiah Bradley and sam convo definitely hit home #TheFalconAndWinterSoldier
— Bumpy_Johnson (@RobTakeOver) April 16, 2021
This Sam and Isiah Bradley scene has tears in my eyes
— ola 🪴 (@Mayeezy_) April 16, 2021
The only one who seems genuinely at peace with the ghost of Captain America at the end of "Truth" is Bucky. With no claims to Steve's shield or the suit, the former Winter Soldier is forging ahead solo, newly focused on making amends for his previously evil ways. He's even made peace with the Raft-bound Zemo, who is headed back to prison free of any grudges against Barnes. Wait, did we say solo? Twitter didn't miss the sparks that flew between Bucky and Sam's sister, Sarah.
#tfatws spoilers !!
okay wait ... what if .. what if they’re setting the ending up to like .. imply that bucky and sarah FALL IN LOVE. CAUSE. he has these moment with her kids which are SO CUTE n she’s SMILING AT HIM. and then they just were .... flirting AHH I LOVE IT SM pic.twitter.com/aPO5bM8Sh8
— sarah ✪ (@mcutwt) April 16, 2021
Lmaooo bucky really manages to flirt with a girl and it's sarah we won😭 pic.twitter.com/kiIpKSQtcD
— chel (@moonjellic) April 16, 2021
Bucky flirting with Sarah started a new ship for me 😭😭 #TFATWS #FalconAndWinterSoldier #BuckyBarnes pic.twitter.com/psZLeOvArL
— Londry🇵🇷 (@skippers817) April 16, 2021
remember when we thought or expected that bucky will end up with sharon? well no sarah and bucky looks cute there. #FalconAndTheWinterSoldier
— Minnie⁷🌙 (@ysmnadriana) April 16, 2021
if #TFATWS ends with sam & bucky living with sarah and her kids you‘re never going to hear me complain about marvel ever again pic.twitter.com/8ICtErsZKf
— gizem (@mattselektras) April 16, 2021
Even thought the Falcon's wings are broken, you might say that Winter's Soldier's love life is taking flight.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is currently streaming on Disney+.
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