But what might it actually imply? Who is Sharon working for or with? Let’s run down the probabilities…
Alexander Lukin is the Russian common created by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting in the identical Marvel Comics story that reintroduced Bucky because the Winter Soldier. He was a high-ranking Russian intelligence official who reactivated the Winter Soldier to kill the Red Skull, in an effort to attempt to steal the Skull’s Cosmic Cube. In the battle, the Skull was absorbed first into the Cube, then into Lukin.
Lots of story occurs after that (together with Sharon taking pictures Cap on the steps of the US Capitol Building), however it ends with each Lukin and the Skull lifeless. And then resurrected. By Lukin’s spouse, Alexa.
Alexa turned out to be a remarkably long-lived ex-Daughter of Liberty, the group of badass ladies troopers combating for the Allies in World War II. A former companion of Sharon Carter, Alexa leaves the group when the Cold War units, and after Hydra’s Secret Empire fails, she makes use of her new group of bastard oligarchs, the Power Elite, to attempt to take down America, solely to be fought by the present incarnation of the Daughters of Liberty – Sharon Carter, the Invisible Woman, Echo, Misty Knight, and others (This is occurring in Ta-Nehisi Coates’ someway underrated run on Captain America, which you need to positively learn).
This can be a hell of a method to introduce clan Lukin to the MCU, however it isn’t inconceivable to consider. They’re very tied to the Winter Soldier and Sharon’s tales; they’re at present related within the comics; they usually slot in with the mass of faceless however vaguely evil oligarchs operating the GRC in FWS. And it could make the obvious “Red Skull gas” that Sharon hit the Flag-Smasher agent with make a bit extra sense.
Countess Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine
Julia Louis-Dreyfuss’ cameo was one of probably the most entertaining elements of the whole present, and Countess Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine’s historical past in Marvel’s covert providers within the comics makes it extraordinarily attainable that she’s on the opposite finish of Sharon’s cellphone.