In the fifth episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus made her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. A woman working for an organization interested in powerful and skilled individuals like John Walker and Yelena Belova.
Fans have quickly assumed that an iteration of The Thunderbolts or Dark Avengers is being assembled in response to the absence of the original team post-Avengers: Endgame. Louis-Dreyfus has teased her future in the MCU, but it seems like her next appearance may have been spoiled by a crew member.
JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS MAKING ANOTHER APPEARANCE IN MCU
The makeup artist for Julia Louis-Dreyfus on several shows, Karen Kawahara, has posted a behind-the-scenes photo of a "huge production."
According to Kawahara herself, "Marvel" was involved with this "huge production":
Initially noticed by Twitter user @CreamOrScream, the photo in question has an extensive amount of green screen with this huge set seemingly replicating a highway, overpass, or bridge. Upon closer inspection, a car chase had evidently taken place with glass seen strewn on the pavement with who appears to be Louis-Dreyfus standing in the middle of the road.
VALENTINA RETURNS IN BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER
It's possible that this photo could be capturing reshoots for Hawkeye, which is happening in Atlanta, Georgia, but so too is production for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Twitter user @CreamOrScream also deduced that it's possibly a continuation of the car chase scene near MIT.
/Thread/ So over the weekend, it was reported that #BlackPantherWakandaForever was filming on the Harvard/Mass Ave bridge & a chase scene. the rails in the makeup artist's picture match the one on the Bridge and the ones where they filmed a chase scene in the streets. 1/3 https://t.co/wSvEH2f40p pic.twitter.com/rqtL2VnqzM
It's unlikely that reshoots for Hawkeye would be this extensive, especially since there has been no indication that any outdoor sequences in the show take place in such a huge location. Making the purpose of the green screen obvious, as it's to be replaced with the surroundings of Harvard Bridge, also known as the MIT Bridge.
As for what exactly is happening in the photo, it seems like Louis-Dreyfus' Valentina was involved in a car crash. Is she a victim or was she and whoever she works for chasing someone else? Perhaps she has just as much interest in Riri Willaims as Wakanda seems to have in the young tech genius.
Fans will only find out for sure what she's up to when they see Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in theaters on July 8, 2022.