It is merely the beginning of Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ rule over the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The award-winning creator of “Veep,” who just appeared on the cover of Variety, spoke about her foray into the multibillion dollar comic book industry as well as her willingness to go to any lengths to bring the enigmatic Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine to life.
Louis-Dreyfus made her film and television debut in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” which was followed by Scarlett Johansson’s appearance as “Black Widow,” and has since appeared in a number of Marvel movies and programmes. The Contessa, sometimes known as Val, is a strong lady with sinister intentions who frequently appears after major worldwide conflicts started by earth’s mightiest. When she does, she has a talent for enlisting the most damaged and spiteful individuals into her service.
The viewer learns that the Contessa has been appointed director of the CIA in the 2022 blockbuster “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” in which she last made an appearance. This prepares her for her best performance to date in the next movie “Thunderbolts,” which Louis-Dreyfus confirmed to Variety will go into production in June.
The story revolves around a “rag-tag gang” of unincorporated superheroes, including Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Yelena Bolova (Florian Pugh), according to Marvel chief creative officer Kevin Feige. According to her, Louis-Dreyfus is no longer satisfied with cameos. She desires to break a few heads.
Louis-Dreyfus claimed, “I genuinely pitched it. I told them I really, really want to fight. Let’s see if that occurs. I haven’t yet read the script. She grudgingly consented after being informed about Marvel’s rigorous stunt training, “Ugh. I’d best start exercising.
Wyatt Russell, repeating his part as the U.S. Agent in “Thunderbolts,” David Harbour, reprising his role as Red Guardian in “Black Widow,” Olga Kurylenko, Hannah John-Kamen, and Harrison Ford, making his Marvel debut as Thaddeous Ross, were among the other actors working out for the film. Top Marvel production producer Nate Moore said last summer that Louis-Dreyfus’ character would become the most dominant behind-the-scenes figure in the MCU since Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, and that everyone would be subordinate to her.
Because of the gig’s high level of secrecy, Louis-Dreyfus explained to Variety, “I had to go set wearing a dark cloak with a hood and keep my head down so nobody could tell it was me stepping onto the soundstage when I first started filming it.”
She also backed up the recent claim made by “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler that the Contessa’s important part in “Wakanda Forever” was diminished to make room for additional plot involving the death of King T’challa, played by the late Chadwick Boseman. She will have more of her story revealed in “Thunderbolts” and subsequent episodes. Louis-Dreyfus has been figuring out ways to personalise the Contessa as we wait to discover more about her.
The Contessa wears a neon stripe in her hair instead of the white streak that appears in the original comic because the actress “thought purple would make it a bit more of our world today.” And I didn’t want her to resemble Cruella or anything like, she said.