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Nick Fury
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General Information


Gender Male
Aliases Colonel Nicholas Joseph Fury, Director Nick Fury, America's Top Spy
Age 64
Birthday December 21, 1951
Race Human
Debuts
TV Show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Film Iron Man
Credit Samuel L. Jackson

Overview

Perhaps the greatest espionage agent in the world, Nick Fury is a former solider, covert operative for the CIA during the height of the Cold War, and the ex-head of S.H.I.E.L.D.; the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division. He led S.H.I.E.L.D. for many years and leading the organization through numerous crises and spearheading the Avengers Initiative.

Nick Fury first appeared in the 2008 Iron Man film and was portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson has gone on to reprise his role on multiple occasions through numerous guest appearances and cameos in numerous films and television episodes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Background

Nick Fury is a major supporting character based on the comic book character published by Marvel Comics. He debuted in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1, published in May 1963 and was created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee.

Sgt Fury Howling Commandos No. 1

Sgt. Fury & His Howling Commandos #1, May 1963

As Sgt. Nick Fury, he was the leader of a crack U.S. Army unit in World War II filled with irregular and eccentric personalities who all possessed unique specialties. The group's infamous "WA-HOOO!" battlecry was the source of their nickname and they were regarded as the Army's most elite commando unit. Fury and his Howling Commandos even assisted Captain America on the occasional mission.

Fury proved so popular that he ultimately transitioned to the "modern age" of Marvel superheroes; as a WWII veteran who continued to serve his country and had been promoted over the decades, transitioning into becoming a CIA espionage agent akin to James Bond and then as the leader of the elite S.H.I.E.L.D organization; then known as the Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division who fought against the subversive terrorist organization known as Hydra.

It was retroactively revealed in a continuity implant that Fury's infamous longevity was the direct result of his exposure to a German attempt to reverse-engineer the Super-Soldier Formula that created Captain America. Fury was captured briefly by Nazis during WWII who used him for human experimentation. Although it failed to boost his physical capabilities to the peak of human perfection, it was belatedly discovered that it greatly retarded his aging decades later and was dubbed "The Infinity Formula".

Nick Fury JR-comics

Nick Fury, JUNIOR!

As the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury has been a major part of the Marvel-verse for decades; often acting as an intermediary between superheroes and the U.S. Government. He has also made numerous appearances in various Marvel animated television programs and films over the years as well, even starring in his own feature film Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D (1998).

The sheer recognizability of Samuel L. Jackson in the role of the Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has resulted in the 'retirement' of the original Caucasian version of Fury in the Marvel Comics. It was explained that due to the fact that the original "Infinity Formula" was losing its effectiveness on Fury and that he becoming increasingly physically debilitated thanks to rapid aging. He was thus replaced with his illegitimate half African-American son, Nick Fury, Jr. in 2012 in the six-issue limited series Battle Scars along the introduction of his best friend, Phil Coulson. Nick Fury, Jr. visually appears similar to the Samuel L. Jackson's version of the character.

Major Plots

Personality and Traits

Appearances

Films

TV Series

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Season 1

  • 0-8-4
  • End of the Beginning

Trivia

  • In 2000, Marvel Comics decided to create the "Ultimate Marvel" imprint which was an alternate universe series which was a modernized update of the original Marvel-verse. For this series; the writers who were huge fans of Samuel L. Jackson (with his permission) used his appearance for the Ultimate Nick Fury to differentiate between the two separate universes as the original was Caucasian. As an in-joke in the Ultimate Comics; Nick Fury once mentioned that if there were a film made about them, only Samuel L. Jackson was good enough to portray him. As it turns out, he was right.
  • The overall popularity and recognizability of Samuel L. Jackson as the character of Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has led Marvel Comics towards "retiring" Fury and replacing him with his son; Nick Fury Jr. who is a half Caucasian and African-American character, patterned after Jackson and is now a major supporting character of the Marvel-verse.

Quotes

  • "You think you're the only superhero in the world? Mr. Stark, you've become part of a bigger universe. You just don't know it yet." ―Nick Fury to Iron Man; Iron Man
  • "Oh and Tony? Remember. I've got my eye on you." ―Nick Fury to Iron Man; Iron Man 2
  • "Until such time as the world ends, we will act as though it intends to spin on." ―Nick Fury; The Avengers
  • "I recognize the Council has made a decision; but given that it's a stupid-ass decision, I've elected to ignore it." ―Nick Fury to the World Council; The Avengers

Other Versions

  • Nick Fury (X-Men 1992)
  • Nick Fury (Iron Man 1994)
  • Nick Fury (Spider-Man 1994)
  • Nick Fury (Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
  • Nick Fury (Spider-Man Unlimited)
  • Nick Fury (X-Men Evolution)
  • Nick Fury (Ultimate Avengers)
  • Nick Fury (Wolverine and the X-Men)
  • Nick Fury (Iron Man: Armored Adventures)
  • Nick Fury (Super Hero Squad)
  • Nick Fury (Avengers: Earth's Mightest Heroes)
  • Nick Fury (Ultimate Spider-Man)
  • Nick Fury (Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore)

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