Nick Fury
“Missed me?” ©Marvel Studios

Other than Thor and Hulk, Captain America: Civil War (see our review) was also missing one key character: A certain one-eyed SHIELD commander named Nicholas J. Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Given that the superspy has appeared in an astonishing NINE Marvel films, why was he missing from Civil War?

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Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely told the LA Times that, given the size of the ensemble cast in the movie, it was felt that he might overburden an already complicated storyline. According to Markus:

“We called [Fury], but he let the line blink. Primarily it felt like one too many possible opinions. We didn’t want him to take one side or the other, because that’s not his place in the universe. And then we didn’t want another, ‘Is he still with the government? Is he opposed to the government but supporting the government?’ It got to be the potential for a lot more polemic discussion that the movie did not have room for.”

Captain America, The Winter Soldier
“I told them I needed a break, goddammit.” ©Marvel Studios

When last we saw Fury in Avengers: Age of Ultron (see our review), he was busy helping the Avengers destroy the evil robot accidentally created by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. And as Markus points out, he’s the guy who put it all together:

“He’s been the sort of parent figure to the Avengers. Let the parent go away, and see if the kids can handle this. See if the kids can be who they’re supposed to be without that governing voice. Um… and they didn’t do that good of a job.”

But will he back for Infinity War? According to Markus: “It’s probably all hands on deck.”

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