Even though it seems unlikely that we will ever get a standalone Nick Fury movie, there is no doubt how important the character is to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For example, as many fans of that franchise will no doubt remember, it was Fury’s Iron Man cameo that first hinted at that movie sharing continuity with other superhero movies.
First introduced to comic book fans all the way back in 1963, to say that the character Nick Fury has a long history to draw from is a gigantic understatement. Perhaps for that reason, even though Hollywood legend Samuel L. Jackson has portrayed the character in 11 different movies at the time of this writing, many misconceptions about Fury continue to this day. With that in mind, it is time to take a look at this list of 15 things everyone gets wrong about Nick Fury.
15 He is More of a Fighter Than You Think
Despite the fact that in the movies Nick Fury is known for getting superheroes to fight on his behalf, in the comics he is a very skilled combatant. In fact, he fought courageously in WWII, he survived when the Greek god Ares struck him with an ax, and he defeated the super powered character Stonewall in hand to hand combat.
14 The Howling Commandos Actually Served Under Fury
During the movie Captain America: The First Avenger, viewers were introduced to a group of heroic soldiers that were known as the Howling Commandos. Seen fighting alongside Cap in that film, in the comics, it was Fury that they followed into battle during WWII. In fact, his comic was called Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos.
13 Nick Fury Commands A Non-Human Army
Obviously, a powerful man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in those films Nick Fury has the forces of S.H.I.E.L.D. at his command. While that holds true in the comics, he also has a powerful group of robots that can almost perfectly take on the personality, look and non-superpower abilities of people at his beck and call. Known as “Life Model Decoys”, these robots have been dispatched many times.
12 The Original Nick Fury Looked Very Different
For fans of the movies, when Nick Fury comes to mind it is Samuel L. Jackson wearing an eyepatch that comes to mind. While the original version of Fury that was introduced in Marvel comics sported an eye patch as well, he was a white male with brown hair that had turned completely grey on the side of his head.
11 Samuel L. Jackson and Marvel Actually Had a Deal in Place Long Before He Played Fury on the Big Screen
For those of you that don’t know, in the year 2000 Marvel comics launched the Ultimate Universe which included reimagined versions of the company’s popular characters. When it came time to introduce a new version of Nick Fury, it was decided to make him look almost exactly like Samuel L. Jackson. In order to make that happen, they asked for Jackson’s permission, who loved the idea and signed a deal to let them use his likeness.
10 Despite What a Movie Told You, He Lost The Use of His Eye In A Different Manner
As anyone who has seen the movie Captain Marvel already knows, in the MCU Nick Fury lost the use of one of his eyes after Goose the so-called cat scratched it. Despite how that film portrayed things, in the comics he has always worn an eye patch due to a battle injury. For example, the original version of the character’s eye was damaged when a grenade went off near him.
9 The Original Version of Nick Fury is A Lot Older Than You Think
As we’ve already touched on during this list, in the comics more than one version of Nick Fury has existed. When it comes to the original, he seemed relatively young throughout most of his time in the comics but he was a lot older than he seemed as he was born during the depression era. Later on in this list, we will look at how he seemed so youthful.
8 The MCU Version of Nick Fury Was Inspired By More Than Just the Comics
For the most part, when a character from the comics is adapted for a movie the version you see on the big screen was inspired by the way they come across on the paper alone. However, in the case of the MCU’s Nick Fury, Avengers director Joss Whedon was inspired by Samuel L. Jackson’s character from Unbreakable to make Fury more of a puppet master.
7 Samuel L. Jackson Isn’t the Only Actor Who Could’ve Played Fury in the MCU
Given the fact that Samuel L. Jackson has done a great job playing Nick Fury and in the comics, a version of the character looks like the actor, it may seem like he was always going to play him. However, Marvel originally wanted George Clooney to play the role and the only reason that didn’t happen is he turned the job down when it was offered to him.
6 In the Comics, The Two Nick Furys Are Related
In the main Marvel comics universe, there have been two men who’ve run S.H.I.E.L.D. and both of them go by Nick Fury. As we described earlier in this list, the elder of the two is a Caucasian gentleman. What many people don’t realize is that the man who took over his job and looks just like Samuel L. Jackson actually is named Nick Fury Jr. as he is the son of his predecessor.
5 Despite What You Think, Nick Fury Had a Superpower of Sorts For Several Years
As we touched on earlier in this list, the original version of Nick Fury looked a lot younger than he was throughout most of his time in the comics. The reason why that is the case is he was injected with something called the Infinity Formula, which granted him with near-immortality until it wore off after many years.
4 Nick Fury Isn’t the Leader of The Avengers
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not only is Nick Fury the person who brings together the Avengers but he also seemed to serve as their de facto leader. For fans of the comics, however, that is misleading as he often got help from the Avengers but he never led them and certainly had no role in them coming together in the first place.
3 More Than One Actor Has Portrayed Nick Fury in A Movie
From the perspective of most movie fans, Samuel L. Jackson’s version of Nick Fury is the only one that has ever been brought to life in the movies. Actually, that isn’t the case at all as David Hasselhoff starred in Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. which was a TV movie that was released in 1998.
2 Nick Fury Doesn’t Work for the United States Government
When you watch any of the MCU movies that feature Nick Fury, it is really easy to walk away from it thinking that S.H.I.E.L.D. is an American agency. However, in the comics, it is explicitly stated that the organization works with The United Nations. On top of that, in the MCU the agency has jurisdiction around the world.
1 Fury’s Iron Man Cameo Actually Wasn’t Supposed to Set Up A Cinematic Universe
When Iron Man was released, many fans of the comics left theaters abuzz since the film’s post-credits scene hinted at the Avengers coming together even though that wasn’t the plan at the time. In fact, Iron Man director Jon Favreau said of Fury’s cameo: “That was a bit of a lark. I wanted to include Easter eggs that the fans would appreciate and we thought the idea of a post-credit scene it could be fun.”
Sources: cinemablend.com, comicvine.gamespot.com, imdb.com, screenrant.com