Did ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Episode 5 End Credits Reveal a Major Spoiler for the Season Finale?

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier had quite the penultimate episode. Not only did it feature a big cameo, but it was one no one saw coming. A new potential villain has emerged, who could have a huge impact on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

But, there was also something fans may have missed. Did the episode 5 end credits reveal a major spoiler for the season finale?

Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie at Comic Con
Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie of Marvel Studios’ ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ at the San Diego Comic-Con | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ episode 5 introduced Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine

The fifth episode of the first two Disney+ series have each given fans major, unexpected cameos. In WandaVision, they added Evan Peters to the story as fake Pietro. In episode 5 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, fans got to meet Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine.

Played by Emmy-winning legend Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Contessa made her MCU debut in a brief scene where she cornered John Walker (Wyatt Russell). She told him she wanted him to come work for her, and she did it in a way that was both commanding and a little bit terrifying.

Contessa made it clear that she knew all of Walker’s secrets. For many, that short scene laid the groundwork for the character to be a great Marvel villain.

Who is Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine?

In the Marvel comics, the character first appeared in 1967 as a member of the Italian jet set. She trained as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and that’s when she fell in love with Nick Fury. Fontaine was a S.H.I.E.L.D. ally for the majority of her run in the comics.

But in 2009’s Secret Warriors, she was revealed to be a Russian mole. That story arc also revealed that Hydra had always controlled S.H.I.E.L.D., and Fontaine became the villain Madame Hydra.

It’s not clear exactly how Dreyfus’ character will fit into the MCU moving forward. Some believe she could be the Power Broker, who is after the Flag Smashers for stealing the Super Soldier serum.

Did the end credits of ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ reveal a major spoiler?

Marvel is known for planting clues throughout their movies and TV shows. And they haven’t stopped with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. According to Collider, the secrets to the final episode of the Disney+ series could be in the end credits of episode 5.

Fans may have also noticed that during the first two episodes, there was a placeholder card in the credits ready for Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter). But, she didn’t make her first appearance in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier until episode 3.

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In the episode 5 end credits, Marvel seemed to be holding a space for one last big-name star, just like they did for VanCamp. If that’s the case, who exactly will that big-name be?

Will Chris Evans return to the MCU?

The one name that keeps popping up as a possible guest star in the finale is Chris Evans. But, here have been conflicting reports about his return to the MCU.

Still, the fact that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is all about his two best friends, the return of Steve Rogers’ Captain America in some ways does make sense.

It could be a flashback to a young Steve Rogers. Or, maybe he will appear as his older self like at the end of Avengers: Endgame.

Other cameo possibilities include Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury or another visit from Don Cheadle’s War Machine. Like the reveal of Dreyfus and her character, it could be someone who absolutely no one is expecting.

Is ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ fooling fans like ‘WandaVision’ did?

All of this, of course, is pure speculation. WandaVision viewers got burned thanks to all of the speculation surrounding Peters’ appearance as fake Pietro.

Fans also got trolled by star Paul Bettany (Vision) who promised a scene with an actor he always wanted to work with. His huge final fight scene ended up being against himself.

There were also theories of Al Pacino as Mephisto and a cameo from Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. But, ultimately, the series didn’t deliver a big cameo in the final episode. Will the same disappointment happen with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?

Episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are available on Disney+.