Captain America: Civil War featured a tremendous roster of characters, deftly juggling each of them and making sure everyone had something important to do that served the larger narrative. And don’t get me wrong, it was great to see Ant-Man pop up, and being introduced to Black Panther and the new, improved Spider-Man was definitely a major highlight. But where the hell was Nick Fury?
Samuel L. Jackson’s gruff, one-eyed military man has been an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the post-credits scene from the original Iron Man, and as his hand-picked squadron of superheroes find themselves coming to blows, you would think he would have something to say about the conflict.
Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, co-screenwriter Christopher Markus explained Fury’s conspicuous absence:
“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.
He’s the guy who put it 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.”
However, Nick Fury is still very much a part of the MCU, and when asked if the character might be returning for Avengers: Infinity War, Markus and his writing partner Stephen McFeely hinted that it was a very strong possibility.
Markus: It’s probably all hands on deck.
McFeely: Don’t you assume you’ll see everybody in the Infinity Wars?
Well, you know what they say about making assumptions. Avengers: Infinity War (which will be getting a new title at some point) begins shooting in November.
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