- "I'm trading in my bird's eye view for two solid feet on the ground. This is the last time you'll be seeing me for a stretch."
"You're going to disappear. Nowhere to be found."
"Nowhere? You know me better than that Phil, I'll be everywhere."
- ―Nick Fury and Phil Coulson
Nicholas "Nick" Joseph Fury was a former Colonel who had served with the United States Army and an espionage veteran of the CIA during the Cold War. Continuing to serve the world, Fury joined S.H.I.E.L.D., a covert international peacekeeping organization which operates as humanity's first line of defense against Earth's most dangerous enemies until was promoted to the position of Director. From this position, Fury refocused his efforts on organising the Avengers Initiative with intentions of bringing together any super powered individuals who could protect the world from any threat. Despite some considerable reluctance from World Security Council members, Fury had still continued all his efforts and eventually managed to recruit both Iron Man and Captain America into their Initiative.
With the Avengers ready, Fury was forced to call them all into action when the Earth was invaded by Loki who managed to brainwash an army and steal the Tesseract. With the Avengers assembled, Fury took charge of the hunt for Loki, leading the volatile team through the mission as they attempted to learn what Loki's plan for the Tesseract was and who he had been working for. This all then came to a head following Loki killing Fury's close friend Phil Coulson, before being tracked to New York City where all the Avengers engaged Loki and his entire incoming army of Chitauri in a final battle, with Fury keeping the World Security Council from nuking the entire city before Loki was defeated and the Avengers were disassembled.
Following the Avengers' victory, Fury hired Captain America to become an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., while Fury worked on the new Project Insight. However, when Fury began to suspect that something was wrong with Project Insight, he then found himself becoming a target of the Winter Soldier, forcing Fury to fake his own death and go into hiding. With limited people he could trust, Fury then turned to Captain America along with Black Widow, the Falcon and Maria Hill to lead the fight, as he soon discovered that HYDRA had secretly managed to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. and Alexander Pierce was the leader, as Captain America had also learned that the Winter Soldier was actually his friend Bucky Barnes who had been brainwashed by HYDRA decades following Barnes' apparent death.
Once Fury and his allies had stopped Project Insight and also killed Pierce, Fury chose to go into hiding to continue hunting down the remaining HYDRA cells. Fury then assisted the now resurrected Phil Coulson in defeating John Garrett while also stopping his plans for Project Deathlok. Following this, Fury chose to promote Coulson to Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., telling him to rebuild it from the ground up. Fury had then also aided the Avengers during the Ultron Offensive, inspiring them all at their lowest moment before then returning during the Battle of Sokovia and setting up their New Avengers Facility. However, just as Fury was getting word of something going wrong, he was too late to stop the Decimation as Thanos wiped out half of all life, killing Fury in the process who just managed to get a distress call out to Captain Marvel before his own death.
In his youth, Nick Fury joined the United States Army, obtaining the rank of Colonel before leaving the military. By the 1970s, Fury had a lot of action in Soviet territory. He was responsible for deporting Vinorovsky when he tried to sell bad information during the Cold War.
Some months later, Fury partook in a fake mission to uncover a mole inside the CIA. Partnered with Escobar they were sent on a mission to Budapest to meet Comrade Verliecki. While there he encountered Vinorovsky who attempted to attack him in the nightclub; unable to beat him, Vinorovsky sent Soviet forces after Fury. On their way, Fury explained to Escobar their mission: their contact would hand them dossiers of twelve undercover CIA operatives in Soviet Union.
Inside Verliecki's apartment, Fury pretended to fight with and knocked out Verliecki. Suddenly, Escobar revealed his true colors and pointed his gun at Fury, ordering him to hand over the case. He told Fury to not take it personally, as it had nothing to do with him, but for the end of the Cold War. Fury attacked and defeated him, and then Verliecki knocked Escobar out.
Verliecki told Fury that he filled it with cigars for him, as it been a long time since they sparred. Verliecki asked Fury if he was okay, and Fury simply replied that he could not hurt him if he tried; Verliecki said that he tried. The Soviet authorities found Escobar tied to a chair with a fake CIA ID identifying him as Nick Fury, framing him of Fury's previous actions in Soviet territory.
Fury left and called Timothy Dugan who asked Escobar's status; Fury stated that he flipped. With the mole gone, Dugan stated that it was time to celebrate. Fury told him not to start without him, as he was bringing cigars. 
Promotion to Director
- "One thing I know for sure: Nobody is better suited to protect this world than me and my people."
- ―Nick Fury
Fury's military and espionage skills allowed him to join S.H.I.E.L.D. under the leadership of Alexander Pierce in the 1980s, eventually becoming Deputy Chief of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Bogotá Station. When Colombian rebels took several political officers hostage, including Pierce's daughter, Fury proposed a plan to get the hostages out, but Pierce insisted to negotiate with the rebels. However, he disobeyed Pierce's orders and got the hostages out. For his actions, Fury was promoted to director when Pierce gave up his position to become a member of the World Security Council.
Now Director, Fury searched for mysterious and dangerous artifacts, such as the Darkhold. After putting his trust in someone, Fury was injured in his left eye, and took to wearing an eye patch over his blind eye. Fury also oversaw the training of agents Phil Coulson as well as John Garrett as their Supervising Officer. Fury also recruited an archer known as Hawkeye as one of his most trusted agents, while agreeing to keep Hawkeye's family off records for protection. Fury later sent Hawkeye on a mission to eliminate KGB assassin who was codenamed Black Widow. Hawkeye found her, but instead of killing her, he recruited her to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s STRIKE Team: Delta.
Fury's experiences led him to envisage the Avengers Initiative, as he sought out superpowered individuals and put them on their Index. From this, Fury soon learned of Thaddeus Ross hunting down Bruce Banner, as Fury tried to talk to Banner peacefully, only for him to then turn into the Hulk as they were in a bar. Fury was also interested in attempting locate Captain America, whose body was lost following the end of World War II, although their World Security Council were highly critical of Fury doing this and instead wanted Fury to focus his efforts on the Tesseract and then attempting to harness all it's power for S.H.I.E.L.D.'s benefit, although Fury continued the search.
Birth of Iron Man
- "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 Tony Stark
In 2009, Fury learned that Tony Stark had been kidnapped by the Ten Rings, as Fury sent agents Phil Coulson and Jasper Sitwell to deal with the situation. However Stark eventually escaped and not long after, Iron Man had also appeared and began destroying Ten Rings units, as Fury suspected Stark may have been brainwashed. Fury kept his close watch on the situation and soon learned that Stark was Iron Man, and Obadiah Stane had ordered his kidnapping.
Fury went into Stark's Mansion to talk with Stark about the Avengers Initiative, as Stark announced his identity as Iron Man. However Stark made it clear he did not want to be involved with the Avengers. In order to closely monitor Stark, he personally ordered Romanoff to infiltrate Stark Industries as Natalie Rushman. Fury was ordered to recruiting Emil Blonsky into the Avengers, despite Blonsky having transformed into the Abomination and going on his rampage.
Not wanting to recruited the Abomination, Fury dispatched Coulson and Sitwell to find their solution, as they decided to recruit Stark to annoy Thaddeus Ross until he had refused to allow the Abomination to join the team. Fearing the death of an Avenger, Fury had tasked Coulson to be the head of Project T.A.H.I.T.I., a project with the goal of reviving subjects from the dead. With GH.325 made from a deceased Extraterrestrial who they still had in storage, they cured a group of terminally ill people, with the initial tests being successfully as fatal illnesses were cured, however, later everything went wrong, causing the T.A.H.I.T.I. test subjects to mentally deteriorate.
Coulson recommended the project be shutdown, however Fury had secretly decided to continue with the project. Fury later learned that Stark's drunken behavior resulted in James Rhodes making the decision that in his current state, Stark should simply not use his own technology, as he proceeded to take possession of the Mark II Iron Man armor and hand it over the United States Air Force. At the same time, Fury was also informed by Coulson about the Wormhole that had appearing on the planet along with a hammer that was coded as an 0-8-4. Fury sent Coulson into New Mexico to meet Erik Selvig as well as Jane Foster who were also investigating the situation.
Helping Tony Stark
- "You have become a problem, a problem I have to deal with. Contrary to your belief, you are not the center of my universe. I have bigger problems than you in the southwest region to deal with."
- ―Nick Fury to Iron Man
Shortly afterwards, Fury had learned that Iron Man was suffering from palladium poisoning due to the Arc Reactor in his chest which kept shrapnel away from his heart, and had just been involved in a very public fight with James Rhodes at Tony Stark's Mansion, and during which much of the mansion had been destroyed and Rhodes had stolen one of the suits and then handed it over to the United States Air Force for their own study and use for military purposes. Fury then personally confronted the hungover and still suited Tony Stark at Randy's Donuts for becoming a problem that he had to solve.
As they sat inside the shop, Stark continued to insist that he was not interested in joining the Avengers, to which Fury noted how Stark still insisted he do everything himself before sarcastically asking how that was working out for Stark so far. While Stark questioned whether or not to look into Fury's eye or his eye patch and questioned if he was even real, Fury turned his attention onto the Palladium poisoning on Stark's neck. They were then joined by Natasha Romanoff while Fury revealed he had put his Black Widow agent undercover within Stark Industries to keep an eye on Stark's behavior, as Stark attempted to fire Romanoff although she said he could not make that decision.
Fury began listing off everything that Stark had recently done which had alarmed them, including making Pepper Potts the CEO of his company, selling his possessions and allowing Rhodes to fly off in one of his Iron Man Armors, although Stark claimed that Rhodes had stolen it, which Fury simply mocked him for. Stark then questioned what Fury wanted, which annoyed Fury even more as he told him that he had bigger issues to deal with around the world than Stark.
Following Fury's orders, Romanoff then provided Stark with a shot which eased back Stark's infection, although it did not fully cure it. When Stark insisted that there was no cure and that he had looked for every single known element to replace his Palladium Arc Reactor and simply found nothing, Fury informed Stark there was indeed a way to cure his infection, he just had not found it yet and promised S.H.I.E.L.D. would help him find what he needed.
Discussing Howard Stark
- "That thing in your chest is based on unfinished technology."
"No, it was finished, it's never been particularly effective until I had miniaturised it and put it in my..."
"No, Howard said the Arc Reactor was a stepping stone for something greater, he was about to kick off an energy race that was gonna dwarf the arms race. He was onto something big."
- ―Nick Fury and Tony Stark
Fury and Tony Stark returned to Stark's home where they discussed the history of the Arc Reactor, as Fury then claimed it was based on unfinished technology while Stark argued that it was finished but only really worked when he and Ho Yinsen and miniaturised it and put it in his chest. Fury however explained that Howard Stark believed the Arc Reactor was merely a stepping stone to something greater, as it would begin an incredible energy race across the world.
Fury then began providing information onto the background of Anton Vanko, the father of Ivan Vanko, who had recently attempted to kill Stark, before he revealed that Stark's father Howard was in fact one of the founding members of S.H.I.E.L.D., which greatly surprised Stark. Fury and Natasha Romanoff provided Stark with information and materials from his father, which proved instrumental in finding a replacement power source for his personal Arc Reactor.
Fury left Phil Coulson at Stark's home with orders not to allow Stark to leave until he had found a cure for his infection. Fury told Stark that he would be keeping his eye on him before leaving. As things in New Mexico became more complicated with the discovery of the mysterious Mjølnir, Fury also sent Clint Barton to join Coulson at the site. He also assigned Romanoff to keep track of the fugitive Bruce Banner who was at Culver University.
Recruiting a Consultant
- "At this juncture we'd only like to use you as a consultant"
"You can't afford me."
- ―Nick Fury and Tony Stark
Fury met with Tony Stark once again after Stark had successfully managed to fix his Arc Reactor and had gone on to defeat Whiplash during the attack on the Stark Expo. Once Fury arrived, he had found Stark looking over a brief for the Avengers Initiative which he then claimed he did not want Stark to read, instead handing him Natasha Romanoff's assessment of Stark himself during her undercover mission with Stark.
Reading the assessment in which Romanoff claimed he contained compulsive behavior and self destructive tendencies, with textbook narcissism. However while Iron Man had been approved by Romanoff to join the Avengers, since Stark had proven himself unsuitable for the Avengers due to all of his recent actions, he was rejected, with Fury instead considering recruiting James Rhodes to the position, as Fury instead offered to recruit Stark's services only as a consultant.
Standing up and shaking his hand, Stark told Fury that he could not afford his services before going to walk out. However, before he left Stark then agreed to be the consultant as long as Fury helped him convince Senator Stern to present him and Rhodes with the medals for all their bravery in defeating Whiplash, which Fury agreed to. Romanoff then gave Fury report on Bruce Banner's transformation into the Hulk and his successful fight against Emil Blonsky.
As his long week continued, Phil Coulson informed Fury about the Destroyer's attack on Puente Antiguo, while Fury had learned how General Thaddeus Ross hacked S.H.I.E.L.D.'s computers, having been given permission by the World Security Council. Fury ordered Romanoff to meet Samuel Sterns to take any papers on Banner, as Romanoff took Sterns into custody, having shot him through the leg having also witnessed Sterns' incomplete transformation.
End of the Week
Fury's recruitment drive turned to people who had been involved in a destructive incident in Puente Antiguo, New Mexico. Impressed by the work he had seen and the discovers that had been made, Fury had summoned Culver University astrophysics professor Erik Selvig, who had been been associated with all the recent incidents, to the Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility, greeting him in a hallway.
While Selvig joked that the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents had taken him there to kill him, Fury commented on how impressed he had been, although Selvig had still mainly credited Jane Foster for all of her most recent discoveries about the Bifrost Bridge and the Nine Realms, which he called unprecedented, although Fury then made it clear that this had already been predicted. Fury then drew the scientist's attention to a secure, portable storage case he had kept within the facility.
Fury revealed a glowing cube within the case and suggested that it was a source of immense power, although nobody had been able to determine how to tap all the power. Selvig accepted the challenge to investigate the object further. Fury gave his report to the World Security Council. Finally satisfied with his work, the Council decided to increase the funding for the agency, while expanding jurisdictions for S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, and augment Fury's strategic authority.
Awakening of Captain Rogers
- "At ease, soldier! Look, I'm sorry about that little show back there, but we thought it best to break it to you slowly."
"You've been asleep, Cap. For almost seventy years."
- ―Nick Fury and Steve Rogers
A year following the big week, Fury's Avengers Initiative was slowly losing traction by the time another potential recruit was found. Steve Rogers, the world's first "superhero", who had been frozen in the Arctic ever since his battle against the Red Skull all the way back during World War II, and he had someone managed to miraculously survive his frozen entombment for almost seventy years.
Fury oversaw Rogers' recovery and rehabilitation as he was placed in the S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters within Times Square until he awoke. Fury then personally intercepted Rogers when the man awoke and escaped into the heart of New York City, since he had become utterly confused about his surroundings as he had no knowledge of what had transpired in the world since the 1940s and was shocked to see the world around him and the advancements in technology.
Once Fury had explained the situation, he then saw that Rogers was having a hard to taking in the new information, as he looked around at the new world while Fury's S.H.I.E.L.D. agents surrounded him. Seeing how distressed he was, Fury questioned if Rogers would be alright, as Rogers noted he had a date with Peggy Carter which he had subsequently missed due to being trapped in the ice for so many decades, unsure if Carter was actually still alive or not.
- "We have no quarrel with your people."
"An ant has no quarrel with a boot."
"You planning to step on us?"
"I come with glad tidings, of a world made free."
- ―Nick Fury and Loki
With little to show for his efforts with bringing the Avengers together, Fury shelved his plan and had begun focusing on weaponry instead. Fury's Phase 2, as the offshoot idea came to be called, involved re-engineering weapons technology that had emerged in the hands of HYDRA years earlier during World War II, as well as other cutting edge, or alien technology. The Tesseract, which he had assigned Erik Selvig to investigate, formed a significant part of this puzzle which Fury kept a close eye on throughout Selvig's experiments.
When the Tesseract had began suddenly emitting unexpectedly high levels of Gamma Radiation, Fury was quick to personally take charge of the operation. He arrived at the Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. base with Maria Hill; there they met Phil Coulson. Fury ordered the evacuation of the base and Phase 2 prototypes to be moved to a safe distance while questioning how bad the situation was, to which Coulson then explained he did not know. Fury also found Hill questioning his plan for evacuation and his current priorities, believing that they should be focused on trying to control the Tesseract however they could.
Fury then ordered his updates from Selvig and was informed that the Tesseract's activities were unexplainable at this point, as Selvig had explained that due to the Tesseract being it's own energy source they could not shut down the power. Fury listened while Selvig explained that despite them preparing for the situation as best they could, this was difficult to control, noting that it was emitting some low levels of Gamma Radiation, which Fury recalled had turned Bruce Banner into the Hulk, as he noted that Gamma could be harmful. Fury requested to speak to Hawkeye, as Selvig noted that he was watching them.
Hawkeye then joined Fury to give him his report on the situation as it continued unfolding, Hawkeye was convinced that Selvig was not to blame and instead explained his theory that the Tesseract was a door to the other end of space, noting that it was possible that this door was being opened from the other side. Hawkeye's theory was soon proved correct as the Tesseract opened a portal that allowed Loki to arrival to Earth. Seeing Loki was armed with his Scepter, Fury initially tried to reason with him, but Loki responded by killing many staff in the laboratory, before using the Mind Stone inside the Scepter to turn Selvig, Barton and other agents into his own personal slaves.
Defenceless against Loki's power, Fury made a desperate attempt to escape with the Tesseract, pulling it out of it's container and trying to leave without being seen. However, Loki ordered him to stop before introducing himself as Loki of Asgard, while Selvig then realised that Loki was the brother of Thor. Knowing that the energy levels above them were causing serious damage to their facility, Fury stalled Loki by questioning Loki on his true scheme for the Earth, however when they discovered that Fury was stalling while he waited for the building to implode, Loki ordered Hawkeye to shoot Fury in the chest.
Fury survived being shot due to wearing a Bulletproof Vest and had managed to get back onto his feet, before getting onto the radio to inform Maria Hill of Hawkeye's betrayal and ordering her to do what she could to attempt to stop Hawkeye from escaping with Loki and the Tesseract. With the energy from the Tesseract going critical over his head, Fury ran through the facility to get back upstairs and make his escape, avoiding pieces of debris as the facility fell apart around him until Fury made it to a helicopter. Once in the air, Fury witnessed the entire facility implode, killing everybody who was still inside.
Determined not to lose sight of the Tesseract due to the fear that it's incredible power in Loki's hands could cause mass destruction, Fury had managed to get ahead of Barton's Jeep just as it came out of a secret entrance to the now destroyed facility, as they had left behind Hill whose own jeep had become trapped underneath much of the collapsed rubble but survived. Although Hawkeye attempted to drive out of sight of the helicopter, Fury had then opened up his door and began shooting down at them, willing to kill Hawkeye if it meant they could stop Loki from making his escape with the Tesseract.
However, before Fury could land a successful gunshot and stop the jeep's escape in time, he was then quickly shot down with a single powerful blast fired from Loki's Scepter which had destroyed the tail rotor, as the Helicopter began violently spinning out of control and finally crash landed onto the ground, with Fury managing to leap to safety moments before the impact. Fury had survived the crash and continued to shoot at Loki until he ran out of bullets, and watched in dismay while Hawkeye drove Loki into the distance along with Selvig and the Tesseract, with Fury unable to do anything to stop them, with Fury now standing alone in the ruins of the destroyed facility.
With Loki now out of sight, Fury got on his radio and confirmed that both Coulson and Hill were still alive following the facility implosion, ordering them to get every S.H.I.E.L.D. agent they had who was not focused on rescuing possible survivors underneath all the rubble to be searching for Loki. Fury then ordered Coulson to get back to base as their mission was the level seven and they were now at war. With that, Fury reactivated the Avengers Initiative, sending out his team to recruit Iron Man and the Hulk with the intention of fighting the forces Loki would send against them with the Tesseract's power.
Recruiting Captain America
- "There's a lot we'll have to bring you up to speed on if you're in. The world has gotten even stranger than you already know."
"At this point, I doubt anything would surprise me."
"Ten bucks says you're wrong. There's a debriefing package waiting for you back at your apartment."
- ―Nick Fury and Captain America
Desperate for a solution to the problem of Loki's possession of the apparently limitless power, Fury went to the World Security Council and informed them he was activating the Avengers Initiative. While they discussed what happened, Hawley had suggested called Thor but Fury made it clear that was unlikely as Gideon Malick argued that the Avengers were too unstable to make a team to be relied on, but Fury insisted that this war would be won with his soldiers.
Ignoring Malick's concerns, Fury met with Steve Rogers in his gym, where he was still trying to cope with having been asleep for nearly seventy years, with Fury suggesting that he should be out celebrating his survival and enjoying the new world he was in. Rogers however noted that when he disappeared, World War II was still being fought and he had only recently learned that it was won soon afterwards, although Rogers was still unsure of what had been lost. Fury then noted that they made some mistakes along the way, and confessed that some of these mistakes had been made very recently.
Fury then informed Rogers that he had come there with a mission for him, noting that he was trying to save the entire world before handing Rogers the file about the Tesseract, which he noted had been found in the ocean by Howard Stark while he had still been searching for Rogers in the 1940s. Fury then explained what S.H.I.E.L.D. had been doing with the Tesseract and went on to explain the current situation to Rogers, hoping that he would be able to provide them with some insight into the Tesseract after seeing Red Skull using it for HYDRA's ultimate goals of world domination, although Rogers was mortified that the Tesseract had fallen into the wrong hands once again.
As Rogers then questioned who took the Tesseract from them, Fury explained how Loki had taken it and was from another world, as they made a bet over whether or not anything could still surprise Rogers now he was in this new world. As Rogers left, Fury had asked for any more information, with Rogers telling him the best thing that could be done with it would be losing it in the ocean. Although Rogers was unhappy when he learned that S.H.I.E.L.D. had been in possession of the Tesseract, Fury was able to recruit him, and dispatched agents to call in the help of both Tony Stark and Doctor Bruce Banner.
Activating the Avengers
With time running out to stop Loki from completing his goals of world domination, Fury had all their key candidates for the Avengers found and brought onto the Helicarrier, with the assistance of both Natasha Romanoff and Phil Coulson, who gave each of them all a full briefing about Loki and the plan to find and stop him before it was too late. Fury had the Helicarrier flown into the air and put on clocking so that their mission could continue without being interrupted as Maria Hill relayed his orders.
With the Helicarrier now in the air and almost completely invisible to the human eye, Fury had then turned his attention oval to their now assembled Avengers Initiative. Having seen the incredible sight of the advanced technology that the Helicarrier was now displaying and the scale of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s influence over the world, allowed Rogers to go quietly hand Fury ten dollars to complete a bet they had made about whether or not Rogers could be surprised by any new things since fighting HYDRA and waking up in the modern era, as Fury smiled to himself and then went over to greet all of the other Avengers.
Fury welcomed them all onto the ship, shaking Bruce Banner's hand and personally thanking him for agreeing to help them. Banner asked Fury how long he would be required to stay with S.H.I.E.L.D. but Fury assured him that it would only be until they found the Tesseract. Now feeling more confident, Banner suggested that they begin scanning for Gamma Radiation to locate the Tesseract while Fury had ordered Romanoff show him to his laboratory where he began focusing all his efforts on searching the Earth, getting help from laboratories around the world to find Loki and Erik Selvig as quickly as possible.
Not long after the team came together, Loki had made his first public appearance in Germany which had been seen by Jasper Sitwell, so Fury had then sent Rogers to capture him with the Quinjet and bring him back to the Helicarrier. Loki was apprehended by the combined strength of Captain America and Iron Man, heralding an unexpected further addition to the collection of extraordinary people when Loki's adopted brother Thor arrived, making demands of his own for Loki's extradition. Although the clash between Thor and Iron Man occurred, Captain America was able to end that and they recruited Thor.
Dealing with Asgardians
With Loki having been successfully captured within Germany, he was brought onboard the Helicarrier under armed guard and locked up inside the cage designed to keep the Hulk. Fury then spoke to Loki personally, threatening that if he made any attempt to escape then his cell would be dropped off the ship and fall thirty thousand feet to the ground, as Loki noted how the cell had not been designed for him, to which Fury then confirmed that it had in fact originally been designed for someone who was considerably stronger than Loki.
Despite the threat however, Loki appeared to remain confident and mocked the Avengers throughout the interrogation, questioning how desperate Fury must be to bring together such a poor team together in order to stop him. Fury answered this by listing all of Loki's crimes, including threatening the Earth with war while killing innocent lives. Loki had mocked Fury by claiming that he had lost his chance to use the Tesseract to gain unlimited power and, although Fury had merely scoffed at the statement, making it clear that Loki no longer had any power, mocking him by offering a magazine as he walked away.
Having left Loki alone in his cell, Fury then rejoined the Avengers who were still discussing what Loki's true plans could be, finding Bruce Banner and Tony Stark discussing how Loki could use the Tesseract and harness it's power for his own means. As they agreed to begin studying Loki's Scepter and how that worked, Fury then expressed his desire to understand how Loki had just recently used the Scepter to change both Hawkeye and Erik Selvig to his own personal slaves, while also making a comparison with the Flying Monkeys, which was a reference which Captain America was delighted to understand.
Having discussed what Loki had said with the Avengers, Fury later spoke to Thor, who had been discussing Asgard's wars on Earth with agent Phil Coulson and commenting on how Loki's fury at him had resulted in him sending the Destroyer to Puente Antiguo and nearly killing several innocent lives. Fury asked Thor if he felt he could learn what Loki's plans were with the Tesseract, but Thor simply remained uncertain, as he told Fury that Loki's mind has snapped and he now not only wanted power but vengeance on him and his family for the slights against him since learning of the truth about his past.
When Thor questioned what it was that Fury was asking him to do, fearing that he may soon be called upon to end his own brother's life, Fury in turn questioned what Thor was now prepared to do in order to keep the Earth safe from Loki's wrath. However, believing that they had gained the upper hand over him, Thor had then questioned what possible risk Loki could be to the Earth now that he was his prisoner onboard the Helicarrier, Fury instead then raised his concerns about Loki's seeming over confidence and noted that he seemed glad to be on the ship unlike everybody else who was there with him.
- "Last year Earth had a visitor from another planet who had a grudge mass that levelled a small town. We learned that not only are we not alone, but we are hopelessly, hilariously out gunned."
"My people want nothing but peace with your planet."
"But you're not the only people out there, are you?"
- ―Nick Fury and Thor
As Fury sent Natasha Romanoff to interrogate Loki and trick him into giving away his schemes as she seemingly tried to bargain for Clint Barton's life, Fury was unaware of tensions between the Avengers as they searched for the Tesseract. Eventually Fury learned of this as he saw a warning that the Helicarrier was now being hacked, allowing someone to access all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s top secret documents, and Fury had no doubt about which genius rogue was to blame.
Angered by this, Fury then went to Tony Stark and Bruce Banner as he questioned what they were doing and why they were not trying to locate the Tesseract, only for Banner to explain how they had been doing that and figured out a system as they waited for the alert. Stark then completed his hack into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s systems as he had asked Fury what Phase Two really was. However, just before Fury could then answer Stark's question, Captain America had then entered the room with a HYDRA Assault Rifle which he had found, claiming that Phase Two was S.H.I.E.L.D. using the Tesseract to make weapons.
As Fury then attempted to defend his actions to Captain America by claiming that they had simply gathered everything they could on the Tesseract, he was interrupted by Stark who pulled up files proving that S.H.I.E.L.D. was indeed copying the Red Skull's designs in order to make Tesseract powered weapons, which greatly angered Captain America. As they were joined by Black Widow and Thor Banner was asked to leave the room since they now believed that he could be getting manipulated by Loki, only for Banner to then demand to know what S.H.I.E.L.D.'s real intentions with the Tesseract were.
Finally, Fury confessed that the weapons were being built due to the recent arrival of all the Asgardians, pointing to the Battle of Puente Antiguo in which Loki had sent down the Destroyer which had been proven to have considerably more strength than S.H.I.E.L.D. could currently handle. While Thor insisted that the Asgardians only wanted peace with the Earth, Fury noted that they were not the only beings out there who they could not match or control. Thor however claimed that Fury's use of the Tesseract had brought Loki there, claiming that it was a signal that the Earth was ready for a higher form of war.
When Stark insulted Fury's attempt to use a nuclear deterrent to end the crisis, Fury remained him of how Stark Industries had made their billions from selling their weapons. This led to an intense argument with Captain America and Stark then debating the standards of being heroes, as Thor questioned Fury over whether or not Humans were more advanced than this, to which Fury had simply noted how they had never gone to Asgard and caused destruction unlike Loki. While Banner claimed that the Avengers were a time bomb, Fury became concerned and recommended Banner step out of this situation.
Fury then watched as Captain America and Stark had continued their argument, until telling Black Widow to remove Banner from the room, leading to Banner becoming angry over the creation of a cell made to kill him, explaining that it was not possible to kill him, which he knew knew to attempting suicide previously. To their horror, the agitated Banner then picked up the Scepter as he had promised to explain his secret to remaining calm, as Captain America made him realise what was happening just as they got the signal on the Tesseract's location, as Banner then calmed down and went to check the result.
- "Just stay awake. Eyes on me."
"No, I'm clockin' out here."
"Not an option."
"It's okay, boss... This was never gonna work if they didn't have something to....."
- ―Nick Fury and Phil Coulson
However, just before Bruce Banner could inform Fury and the others of the Tesseract's location, Loki played his hand, as Fury was caught off guard when the Helicarrier came under attack and their engine was destroyed in a daring commando raid by Loki's mind-controlled soldiers led by Hawkeye. With one of their propellers completely destroyed, Fury ordered the Avengers to assemble as they all desperately attempted to regain control of the sudden deadly situation.
Once he returned to his post on the bridge to take command of the situation, Fury ordered that the Helicarrier be positioned over water to ensure that if they fell out of the sky, they would not kill thousands of innocent lives below them, becoming annoyed as he had to give directions to the navigator about how to figure out where to turn to get over water. Fury remained instrumental in controlling the current situation, ensuring that Captain America and Iron Man focused onto repairing the damaged propeller to ensure their safety while giving his orders to the other team members to finally regain control.
However, just as they were taking back control, Maria Hill noticed a grenade being thrown into the control room, causing an explosion which knocked Hill backwards. Reacting swiftly, Fury then hid himself and allowed Loki's soldiers to ensure the room before he ambushed them, as Fury grabbed one from behind and took a hold of his gun before he gunned him and two other soldiers down. When another soldier then almost took Fury unprepared, Hill managed to shoot him dead, before Fury and Hill joined forces and held Loki's forces at bay to keep them from managing to take over their control room.
With the attack still continuing, Fury had then engaged in a fierce gun fight alongside Hill, keeping all Loki's soldiers at bay, until Hawkeye joined the fight and had fired several explosive arrows at Fury and Hill, causing explosions which killed many S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Just as Fury saw Hawkeye and shot at him to keep him back, Hawkeye managed to shoot his hacking arrow at the control box, causing the entire Helicarrier to lose control, as Fury and Jasper Sitwell looked on in horror as they began falling from the sky, until Iron Man eventually succeeded at restarting the engines with Captain America's help.
Knowing that Hawkeye was running the attack, Fury then sent Black Widow to go out and personally engage him while also ordering one of his fighter jets to fire at the Hulk in order to force him to escape the Helicarrier before he could tear it all apart, which resulted in the Hulk furiously destroying the jet before disappearing having been thrown overboard. During the aftermath of the battle, Thor and the Hulk had been thrown off the Helicarrier, while Hawkeye had been captured in the aftermath of a fight with the Black Widow, during which Loki had also escaped onboard a Quinjet in all of the still ongoing chaos.
Fury had eventually found Agent Phil Coulson severely wounded by Loki's hands, having been stabbed through the chest while he was attempting to stop Loki from getting away using the Destroyer Armor Prototype Gun, while Coulson apologised for failing to stop Loki from getting away. Despite all Fury's efforts to keep him awake, Coulson's wounds were fatal, and Coulson died just as a medical team arrived, with his own final words telling Fury that the Avengers Initiative would never work unless they had someone to avenge. Fury informed all of the other agents and the Avengers of Coulson's sudden death.
Inspiring the Avengers
Fury called a meeting with the last of the Avengers left on board the Helicarrier, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, and showed Rogers all of Phil Coulson's beloved collection of trading cards, which were now stained with Coulson's blood as Fury claimed that he had gotten them from Coulson's jacket when in reality he had taken them from Coulson's locker in the rom that seeing them would inspire the team, reminding Rogers of how Coulson had never had a chance to get his hero to sign them as he had asked just before his death.
With great regret, Fury told Rogers and Stark their communications and idea of where the Tesseract currently was were all gone, along with both Thor and Bruce Banner who had also been recently thrown off their Helicarrier during all of the chaos, while noting that due to Coulson's death he had lost his one good eye, questioning if he had that coming to him. Fury confessed to the pair that S.H.I.E.L.D. was indeed planning on building up their arsenal of weapons with all the Tesseract's technology, similar to what HYDRA had previously done, but noted that he had another plan which was an even greater risk.
Fury then explained to Rogers and Stark that Coulson had wanted to believe in heroes as he had designed the Avengers Initiative to bring together remarkable people to see if they could become something more, and become the team which could fight all of the battles that S.H.I.E.L.D. never could, such as the threats that Loki was currently posing to the Earth. As Fury had noted how Coulson had died while still believing in this Initiative and the concept of heroes, Stark got up and left the room out of grief and frustration over Coulson's death, as Fury regretfully confessed that it was an old fashioned notion.
As he overlooked the skyline while looking at Coulson's trading cards himself, Maria Hill questioned Fury as Coulson kept his trading cards in his locker, not his jacket as Fury had claimed; Fury explained that he had used the cards to give the team the push they needed. Fury had used Coulson's death to motivate the Avengers, hoping that Coulson's death would be a trigger that would finally unite the team. Despite the ethically questionable nature of the plan, it proved to be effective, as the Avengers were inspired to stop Loki and had set off onboard a Quinjet in pursuit of Loki shortly thereafter.
- "I recognize the Council has made a decision, but given that it's a stupid-ass decision, I've elected to ignore it."
"You're closer than any of our subs, you scramble that jet..."
"That is the island of Manhattan, Councilman. Until I am certain my team can't hold it, I will not order a nuclear strike!"
- ―Nick Fury and Gideon Malick
With the team inspired by agent Phil Coulson's death and wanting to avenge him, the Avengers Initiative had finally come to fruition, as the team travelled to New York City where they found Loki had activated the Tesseract, opening a portal above Stark Tower which had allowed his army of Chitauri to pour into New York, causing mass destruction and claiming hundreds of lives. As the Avengers battled Loki's army, Fury watched the action from the Helicarrier, however he soon discovered that his role in the Avengers' battle was not yet done.
With their battle still raging, Maria Hill had approached Fury and then informed him that the World Security Council were demanding to speak with him. To his horror, Fury spoke to the Council who issued orders for Fury to send his nuclear missile directly into the vicinity of Manhattan in order to destroy Loki and his army, which Fury furiously refused to do, still stating that he would not just order the deaths of millions of innocent lives despite Gideon Malick's insistence that they would lose everything in this war if they did not fire upon the invading force, before Fury had simply hung up his call with the Council.
Furious that Fury was disobeying a direct order from them to fire the nuclear missile, the Council had instead chosen to take away Fury's command of S.H.I.E.L.D., overriding the order and sending an F-35 Lightning II to fire upon the city and kill millions of people. Hill was able to warn Fury of the launch and he ran onto the launchpad in his desperate attempt to stop the jet. Fury was able to shoot the jet with a rocket launcher causing it to crash but not kill the pilot, however a second jet had been sent as well which Fury was unable to stop as it flew towards New York City while Fury looked on helplessly.
Fury called Tony Stark to warn him of the impending nuke, Stark was able to intercept the missile and fly it towards the Wormhole. At the same time, Romanoff and Erik Selvig has figured out a way to close the Wormhole using the Scepter, giving Stark only seconds to lose the missile and escape. Stark then flew through the Wormhole and destroyed the alien mothership, killing all of the invading aliens. Stark barely survived the fall back onto Earth but was caught and saved by the Hulk. They looked across the city and determined they had won the war as they captured a bruised and beaten Loki yet again.
Disbanding the Avengers
- "They've gone their separate ways, some pretty extremely far. We get into a situation like this again, what happens then?"
"They'll come back."
"Are you really sure about that?"
- ―Maria Hill and Nick Fury
Now that the Avengers Initiative had ultimately won their war, Fury's defiance of the World Security Council may not have been forgotten, but his methods and actions had saved the world. Fury then updated the Council members on the whereabouts of the Tesseract, which had been taken back to Asgard by Thor, despite a skeptical Gideon Malick insisting that this was not Fury's decision to make, to which Fury simply claimed that he just had not argued with Thor.
When the council asked the whereabouts of the Avengers, he told them that they were no longer being tracked as he believed that they had deserved the chance to go off the grid following their victory. When Hawley noted that Fury was putting them at risk by bringing the Avengers together, Fury informed her that they had successfully made it clear to every world that they were dangerous and there to protect Earth. When Malick asked if making a statement of strength had been the point of this entire endeavor, Fury instead claimed that he had made a promise, before he hung up the call to the Council.
As Fury walked across the Helicarrier's control room and overlooked the skyline, he was questioned by Maria Hill about what they would do if the world came under threat again, as now the team had gone their separate ways, with some now travelling to the other end of the universe. Fury however resolved to call upon the Avengers should they be needed again, and made further assurances that they would come, why Hill asked him why he was so sure of this, he told her this would be that they would need them. With Hill now satisfied with the answer she walked away, leaving Fury overlooking the skyline.
Aftermath of the Invasion
- "It only took you six days to take a completely renovated piece of state-of-the-art machinery and turn it into scrap?"
"My team acted with my authority."
"Don't talk to me about authority. Do you know how much this plane costs? It's got a bar! A really nice one. Talking to me about authority. You know, I have the authority to downgrade your ass to a Winnebago."
- ―Nick Fury and Phil Coulson
Unknown to the Avengers, Phil Coulson was brought back to life with S.H.I.E.L.D.'s advanced technology and experimental drugs. Fury chose to hide the truth about Coulson's survival from the Avengers, classifying the information to those with Level 7 clearance or above. He then buried information about Coulson's involvement in Project T.A.H.I.T.I. in Coulson's fake grave, cryptically telling Maria Hill that he buried the information about who led Project T.A.H.I.T.I. when he decided not to bury Coulson.
Following the Battle of New York, with the planet now learning of the existence of extraterrestrials and demigods, criminals and terrorist organizations wanted to obtain new technologies and weapons left by the Chitauri. Fury knew that he has to do something about that, instructing Phil Coulson to build a team to prevent this. However, the true builder of Coulson's Team was Melinda May; upon orders from Fury, she covertly chose the members for very specific reasons pertaining to Coulson's resurrection. Fury also wanted May to keep him updated on Coulson and his signs of mental deterioration.
Following Coulson's mission in Peru, Fury was furious at Coulson as his plane, the Bus, was heavily damaged. He also warned him that the new recruit in his team, Skye, was a risk as she had previously been a member of the Rising Tide. As Fury left he told Coulson not to allow Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz to install their fish tank onto the plane. Shortly after the battle of Greenwich, Coulson and his team were investigating the discovery of a lost Asgardian artifact known as the Berserker Staff. Coulson wanted to consult with Thor, but Fury informed him that Thor had taken himself "off the grid".
According to Agent Victoria Hand, when Coulson got abducted by the Centipede Project and tortured for several days by Edison Po, both Director Nick Fury and Commander Maria Hill wanted constant updates on the situation of the rescue mission coordinated by Agent Hand and the other members of Coulson's Team. Agent Hand later informed Coulson that director Fury was very relieved after hearing of Coulson's successful rescue mission. A few weeks later, Agent May used a secure phone line on the Bus to call Nick Fury and tell him that Coulson knew the truth about his resurrection.
Shortly after the Battle of New York, Captain America remained with S.H.I.E.L.D. and worked with the STRIKE team at Fury's behest, often partnered with Black Widow. Fury then covertly hired Georges Batroc and his team of mercenaries to take the Lemurian Star in order to provide cover for Romanov's mission to get information on Project Insight. After the successful mission, Rogers and Fury clashed over the director's secrecy concerning mission details.
Wishing to prove to Rogers that he was willing to share secrets, Fury decided to take him to see Project Insight, overriding protocol to give Rogers security clearance. As they were going down in the elevator, Fury told Rogers the story of how his grandfather was often threatened and carried a gun to protect himself, telling Rogers that while his grandfather liked people he did not trust them and now they had guns somewhat bigger than what his grandfather's had.
Fury revealed to Rogers that S.H.I.E.L.D. intended to preemptively eliminate their enemies through the new Project Insight Helicarriers. Rogers however who mortified with the concept, noting how this meant that people were being killed before they had a chance to commit a crime, something that could be highly dangerous. Fury responded that soldiers like Rogers in World War II were involved in various war crimes too but Rogers refused to budge on his stance.
As Fury returned to his office and prepared to look into the files that Natasha Romanoff had gathered from the Lemurian Star, he found that he did not have clearance for the files. This confused Fury as there were very few to no documents which he was not cleared to access, this raised his suspicions that Project Insight could be a risk. Fury went into the elevator and prepared to speak to the only other man who could have access to the blocked file.
Fury found Alexander Pierce speaking to the World Security Council about the Hijacking and Retaking of the Lemurian Star, defending Fury's actions involving the mission and discussing Georges Batroc. Fury pulled Pierce out of the meeting and asked Secretary Pierce to delay Project Insight's launch, hesitant of the possible dangers of Project Insight to the world, Pierce was incredibly reluctant as he knew the amount of work which would go into such an action but Fury insisted that it would be worthwhile. Pierce agreed with one condition, that Fury have Iron Man visit his niece's birthday party, Fury agreed and the pair shook hands and departed.
- "There are a lot of things you don't know about me."
"I know, Nick. That's the problem."
- ―Nick Fury and Steve Rogers
Afterward, Fury drove across Washington, D.C. and called Maria Hill, telling her to come to Washington to discuss his theories about Project Insight and giving her three hours to arrive, which she did not question. As Fury continued driving, he encountered two police officers who appeared to be watching him, so Fury insulted the pair, assuming that they were simply being racist and rude towards him.
Before he could react a group of HYDRA agents disguised as cops attacked Fury while he was driving, slamming into his car and using an Electronic Battering Ram to try and get through the car's armor. Despite a broken arm, Fury was able to use his car's defence mechanisms to fight back against the assassins, using a machine gun against them before driving away. During a prolonged car chase, Fury continued to fight and outwit his attackers while driving.
Just as he nearly got safety after causing two of his assassin's car to be hit by a passing lorry, Fury encountered an assassin known as the Winter Soldier, who used a Magnetic Disk Grenade to disable Fury's SUV, causing it to violently crash and greatly injure Fury. Before the Winter Soldier could walk to the car and execute Fury, Fury used a Mouse Hole to cut through the SUV and escape into the sewers, seeking assistance from the only person he felt he could trust.
Fury retreated to Steve Rogers' apartment and sat waiting in the darkness while listening to music. When Rogers arrived after speaking to his neighbor, Fury greeted him and showed him his injuries to express the seriousness of the situation while using coded messages to try and communicate the situation to him, as he knew that his apartment was bugged, claiming that he had been thrown out of his house by his wife, who very few people knew about.
However, the Winter Soldier followed Fury there and fired two sniper round through the wall and into his chest, mortally wounding him. As Fury struggled for breath he gave Rogers the hard drive and told him not to trust anyone. Sharon Carter arrived and treated Fury's wounds while Rogers chased the Winter Soldier. Rogers was unable to capture the assassin and Fury was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. His body was then taken by Hill.
- "Well... Looks like you're giving the orders now, Captain."
- ―Nick Fury to Captain America
Despite Alexander Pierce and the entirety of S.H.I.E.L.D. believing him to have been killed, Fury had in fact successfully faked his death by using Tetrodotoxin B, a drug developed as a heart-rate suppressant by Bruce Banner to relieve stress. Fury retreated with Maria Hill and Doctor Fine to a hidden facility until Hill was able to bring Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff and Sam Wilson, who had almost been captured by HYDRA, to the base and reveal the truth.
Fury told the group that they needed to destroy Project Insight and save S.H.I.E.L.D., but Rogers insisted that he intended to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. entirely, pointing out that Fury's compartmentalization and secrecy was what allowed HYDRA to infiltrate the organization, as well as create the Winter Soldier. Although Fury told him that he had not known about the Winter Soldier, Captain America pointed out that he probably would not have told him even if he had. Realizing that Romanoff, Wilson and Hill agreed with Rogers, he agreed to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D.
The team then worked out a plan to infiltrate the Triskelion and destroy Project Insight, which had been revealed to be a HYDRA plot orchestrated by Arnim Zola and Alexander Pierce. Before returning to the the Triskelion, Fury ordered Agents Bobbi Morse and Isabelle Hartley to rescue Robert Gonzales in the Iliad. He also ordered Morse to destroy the ship in order to avoid HYDRA from obtaining a Monolith of extraterrestrial origin.
- "You don't think we wiped your clearance from the system?"
"I know you erased my password. Probably deleted my retinal scan. But if you want to stay ahead of me, Mr. Secretary... you need to keep both eyes open."
- ―Alexander Pierce and Nick Fury
The plan went underway as Captain America rallied the remaining loyal Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. together to fight HYDRA while Black Widow used the Photostatic Veil to disguise herself as Councilwoman Hawley of the World Security Council to get the Project Insight's leader. Once Romanoff was able to capture Alexander Pierce, Fury arrived and confronted his former friend.
While Pierce joked about having sent flowers to Fury's funeral, he attempted to justify his actions of attempting to assassinate him and cause mass-genocide to Fury by comparing Project Insight to what Fury did in Bogotá, not waiting for orders but doing what needed to be done. Fury asked why Pierce made him Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Pierce explained that it was because he felt Fury was the best at what he did as well as being the most ruthless person he'd ever met.
Fury and Romanoff explained that they intended to release all of S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA's files onto the internet, exposing Pierce as a traitor, However Pierce remained confident as he had ensured that Fury's clearance had already been wiped from the system, but Fury explained that to stay ahead of him, he needed to keep both eyes open. Fury then used his blind eye, which Pierce had forgotten to delete from the retina scan, to unlock the system.
When Pierce attempted to turn the tables on his situation, killing all the members of the World Security Council and trying to take Romanoff hostage, Fury was left with no choice but to surrender to save his friend's life. However when Romanoff used a Taser Disk to disable the miniature bomb attached to her, Fury used the opportunity to shoot Pierce twice in the chest, killing him and leaving his body behind as he helped Romanoff get back to her feet.
Fury and Romanoff escaped in a helicopter and witnessed Captain America successfully complete their mission, destroying all of the Helicarriers while battling the Winter Soldier. As Fury flew the Helicopter, one of the Project Insight Helicarriers crashed into the side of the Triskelion, causing Sam Wilson to run for his life until he leaped from the window and barely managed to land inside the helicopter due to Fury's exceptional piloting skills.
Rogers managed to survive his battle with the Winter Soldier and their mission was complete, resulting in the world learning of HYDRA's attempt to take over the world. Following the subsequent fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fury went into hiding, burning his possessions, replacing his eyepatch with a pair of sunglasses along with wardrobe change to blend into a crowd. Only a select few others were given knowledge of his survival including Eric Koenig and Phil Coulson.
Fury went to his fake gravesite to talk with Captain America, Falcon, and Black Widow before he went into hiding. Fury then departed for Europe, intending to seek out and destroy all of the remaining HYDRA cells. He asked if Falcon would like to join him there, but Falcon refused, saying that he was a soldier, not a spy. As they shook hands, Fury reminded them not to tell anyone of his survival.
Fury later guided Agent Phil Coulson to a secure S.H.I.E.L.D. base in the Canadian wilderness, using Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. badge to send the base's coordinates. Coulson took a leap of faith in assuming that Fury and not HYDRA had sent the coordinates. Once at Providence, Agent Eric Koenig assured Coulson that Fury was alive, but that only they, Hill, and a few Avengers were aware of this. Koenig instructed Coulson to keep it secret from his team for the time being.
While Fury remained under the radar, Melinda May confronted Maria Hill to find out who led Project T.A.H.I.T.I., so Hill simply told her the cryptic answer that Fury had given her. May then suggested that Hill ask Fury herself, but Hill quickly said that Fury was still dead. May, doubting this, replied that she would believe that when she saw it herself. Later, May realized what Fury meant by his riddle and went out to recover the video hidden inside of Coulson's grave.
On his way to Europe, Fury received a weak distress call which led him to Agents Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz, who were stranded in the ocean. He managed to rescue both of them, although Fitz suffered brain damage from the ordeal. When Simmons awoke while being treated however, she was able to provide him with the information he needed to find Phil Coulson. Fury headed to the Cybertek Manufacturing Facility where Coulson was involved with a fight against HYDRA.
Fury managed to locate Coulson in a fierce battle against the rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agent John Garrett, who had gained super strength, as Coulson crawled for cover he found Fury waiting for him, joking about his current appearance since going underground. Although Coulson was furious about being kept in the dark about Project T.A.H.I.T.I., they agreed it was best to focus on defeating Garrett, so Fury supplied Coulson with the Destroyer Armor Prototype Gun. Together they fought Garrett, who had become extremely powerful due to being injected with the GH.325 serum.
While Coulson blasted away his bodyguards, Garrett was able to survive when Fury shot him multiple times in the chest due to his new enhanced healing and began mocking Fury and Coulson. As Garrett continued to monologue about his plans, Fury was able to correct him when he misquoted one of Fury's speeches, making it clear that his mindset was all wrong. However Skye managed to communicate with Deathlok who betrayed Garrett and killed him by crushing his head while Fury and Coulson looked on without sympathy.
A New Foundation
- "How should I proceed?"
"That's up to you... Director."
- ―Phil Coulson and Nick Fury
On the Bus, Phil Coulson, accompanied by Melinda May, infuriated, yelled at Fury because he proceeded to use the Project T.A.H.I.T.I. on him even after Coulson told him that the procedure was dangerous, especially since it was meant to resurrect a fallen Avenger. Fury told Coulson that he brought Coulson back because in his eyes, Coulson was an Avenger, one of the few people that he trusted and told Coulson that S.H.I.E.L.D.'s goal was founded on the purest of ideas: protection. He then gave Coulson the Toolbox, a device that contained everything Coulson would need to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. and appointed him as the new Director.
Once he had told him that how S.H.I.E.L.D. proceeded from here was up to Coulson, Fury then got up and prepared to leave the Bus, telling Coulson that he intended to put his focus on having his feet on the ground rather than having a view of everything like he had as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.. When Coulson suggested that he meant he would disappear, Fury laughed and lifted up his sunglasses to reveal his scarred eye, telling Coulson with a smile that he should know him better than that as he would be everywhere, he then turned around he walked away, leaving S.H.I.E.L.D. in the best hands.
Advising the Avengers
When Tony Stark inadvertently created an artificial intelligence robot known as Ultron, his creation immediately turned against humanity and declared war with mankind. The Avengers battled Ultron and the Maximoff twins whom Ultron had recruited; however the battle left almost all the Earth's Mightest Heroes wounded both physically and mentally.
The team traveled to Clint Barton's Homestead where Fury was waiting. Fury spoke to Stark in private and tried to get his mind back on track after Wanda Maximoff had used her powers to make Stark see visions of a terrible future in which the Avengers had been killed. When Stark claimed that he would be responsible for the deaths of his friends, Fury reminded him that he did not invent the concept of hate and war, but he could fight against them.
Having revealed his survival to the rest of the Avengers, Fury and the team discussed their next move. Natasha Romanoff mocked Stark for his failure to save the world and Fury tried to offer them all the confidence to go into battle again to save the world. Romanoff also commented that she had hoped Fury would have more to offer but he insisted that this team was enough and together they could stand and outwit and defeat Ultron and his army.
Eventually Bruce Banner worked out the Ultron's next more would be to force Helen Cho to build him a new body out of Vibranium and the Scepter, one that if he was able to use, he would be too powerful to stop, so they got ready to investigate in Seoul. As the team prepared for their next battle with Ultron, Fury spoke to Stark and requested Maria Hill's assistance with the next stage in his plan to help the Avengers, which he accepted without any hesitation.
- "Sir, we have multiple bogies converging on our starboard flank."
"Show them what we got!"
- ―Maria Hill and Nick Fury
Fury had secretly been working with Phil Coulson on a project known as the Theta Protocol, a hidden Helicarrier kept completely off the records for emergency use only. With Coulson's and Maria Hill's help, Fury gathered together a team of former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and took possession of the Helicarrier. While the Avengers continued their battle with Ultron's army, Fury arrived in the Helicarrier and used the Transporters to take the civilians to safety; he sent War Machine into the battle to fight the army of Ultron robots.
Midway through the battle, one of the Ultron Sentries crashed onto the bridge of the Helicarrier and attempted to kill the crew inside, going straight for Cameron Klein. Although Maria Hill shot at the robot multiple times, this did not seem to slow the machine down. Fury finally managed to destroy it by stabbing it through the head with a piece of debris. With Fury's help, the Avengers were able to destroy Ultron and save thousands of lives.
- "Nothing lasts forever."
"Trouble, Ms. Romanoff. No matter who wins or loses, trouble still comes around."
- ―Natasha Romanoff and Nick Fury
Fury later arrived at the New Avengers Facility in upstate New York and told Natasha Romanoff the last known location of the Avengers Quinjet, which the Hulk had taken at the end of the battle. He suggested that Banner had likely escaped and gone to live in peace. Romanoff asked Fury if he had known she and Banner would get feelings for each other; Fury answered that he had simply hoped for the best and had gotten a great team for them to use.
In the wake of dissolution of the Avengers which had been due to the actions of Helmut Zemo, Fury was met by Maria Hill at his safehouse to discuss recent events of that conflict, which included the falling out between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers and the imprisonment of Rogers's entire team at the Raft. Fury would later meet with Rogers to convince him to contact Stark and work things out in the wake of their civil war, although this seemed like an impossible task.
While he was driving through Atlanta with Maria Hill moments after the Battle of Wakanda had ended and with still no clear idea of what was happening, Fury asked Hill for updates on Tony Stark's location after he had disappeared into a Q-Ship, to which she replied they found nothing despite extensive search around the globe. Hill had then informed Fury of unidentified objects detected over in Wakanda, indicating that something serious was happening there.
Before Fury could then order Hill to notify Cameron Klein where they would meet, a car spiraled out of control right in front of them and crashed, blocking their route. When Hill stepped out of Fury's car to check whether the occupants were injured, she simply noted nobody was in it, unaware that it was all due to the actions of Thanos having just activated the Infinity Gauntlet. The duo began to notice civilians disappearing and a helicopter colliding into a nearby building.
As Fury instructed Hill to call control for a code red, she alerted Fury she was fading away herself, as Fury watched in horror with nothing he could do to save her. Following Hill's death, Fury raced back to his car and grabbed a pager. Fury then sent out an emergency alert to Captain Marvel, mere seconds before his hand vanished, cursing as he corroded to dust. However, Fury was successful in sending the emergency alert with the pager showing Starforce's symbol.
Nick Fury is somewhat of an enigma, but his actions prove him to be bold and pragmatic. It's nearly impossible to read his emotions. He is known to manipulate people and is the bearer of many, classified, global security secrets. Nor does he tell whatever happened to his missing eye. However, while showing Project Insight to Steve Rogers he gives a backstory saying, "Last time I trusted someone, I lost an eye.", insinuating he doesn't trust easily and he is known to compartmentalize.
Fury and his organization, S.H.I.E.L.D., share a cynical outlook. Sometimes, Fury finds that cutthroat actions and clandestine, illegal operations are necessary to protect the world. Fury stated that "the world is filling up with people that can't be matched" and advocates methods for S.H.I.E.L.D. to arm themselves against potential threats, even if it involves creating weapons of mass destruction. Fury himself quotes "that S.H.I.E.L.D. sees the world as it is, not how it likes to be seen"; though Captain America believed that Project Insight was controlling people using fear. Fury's main goal was world safety against alien and human threats, going so far as to create a team of people with extraordinary abilities called the Avengers and secretly planned to use an unlimited power source for weapons as a secondary security option. The latter was kept secret, even from the Avengers.
While his decisions make him appear ruthless and the nature of his profession occasionally requires a moral grey, Fury genuinely cares about human life and didn't see his agents or Avengers as pawns. One of his own agents, Phil Coulson, was also his closest friend and he seems to trust people like Maria Hill and Steve Rogers. However, he did use the death of Phil Coulson to motivate the Avengers and used alien biology to bring him back to life, no matter how much Coulson begged to die. In fact, he would often help the Avengers, whether by providing resources or motivating them during turbulent times. When New York was under attack by the Chitauri, the World Security Council insisted on a nuclear strike on New York, but Fury refused to destroy a populated city. He was also seen rescuing people from Sokovia when Ultron uplifted it in the air and intended to use it as a weapon against Earth. In spite of the seriousness of his job, Fury has displayed a knack for dry humor and a use of visual puns whilst regarding his missing eye and his constant global surveillance, often using irony and metaphors due to the combination, i.e. referring to Tony Stark "I've got my eye on you".
Nick Fury possesses no superhuman powers, but he was a natural leader, master strategist, tactician, manipulator, field commander, orator, eloquent speaker, and is an astute judge of character. These skills of his are among the best in the world and makes him one of the world's greatest spies. He has used these talents to great effect in his leadership of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Fury has done what would be called 'questionable tactics' all throughout his years in command, but nonetheless, he will ultimately do what is right. Case in point, when the World Security Council ordered him to strike New York City with a nuke, he would not, going as far as disabling one of the planes with a rocket launcher and warning Iron Man about it.
- Master Tactician: Fury could instantly create strategies and plans several steps ahead of his enemies and allies alike, with Phil Coulson stating that he could see five steps ahead. He was able to elaborate complex strategies and apply them in not just battle, but any other activity as well. Fury has showed foresight by instigating many operations like the Avengers Initiative, Theta Protocol, Phase 2, Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S., Project T.A.H.I.T.I., and Project Insight to counter threats to global security. He was also able to out-think Alexander Pierce when the latter had forgotten to delete the retina scan of Fury's blind eye from the S.H.I.E.L.D. database.
- Master Spy: Nick was a master at intelligence, stealth, disguise, and espionage, capable of breaching high security facilities without being detected. When he needed intelligence on Bruce Banner, he sat practically unnoticed among restaurant patrons to observe him. Fury also managed to make the majority of those who knew him think he was dead, including HYDRA and the rest of the world. During his first meeting with Tony Stark, Fury was able to sneak into his mansion without being detected and managed to shut down J.A.R.V.I.S.'s systems. He was also able to sneak into Peter Parker and Ned Leeds' room without being noticed while the two were in Europe on a school field trip, managing to shoot Ned with a needle gun without setting off Parker's spider-sense.
- Expert Combatant: Fury was a seasoned unarmed and armed-combat expert and veteran. He was able to take down two brainwashed agents with ease.
- Expert Marksman: Fury was also trained to use U.S. military firearms. He is highly proficient in artillery such as a Rocket Launcher to accurately disable a F-35 Lightning from taking off to bombed Manhattan. During the HYDRA assassination attempt on his life, Nick used the built in Turret of his personal SUV with expert precision, killing multiple HYDRA assassins in quick succession. He also precisely shot Ned Leeds in the neck with a tranquilizer dart.
- Master Pilot: Fury was able to pilot a helicopter onto the helipad at the Triskelion and maneuver it through rubble in order to save Sam Wilson during the Triskelion's destruction.
Fury has access to an array of S.H.I.E.L.D. weapons, conventional and otherwise. In addition, due to him being the leader of a secret but covert/military organization, he has access to the most cutting-edge technology S.H.I.E.L.D. has to offer.
- Smith & Wesson M&P: The Smith & Wesson M&P pistol is the standard sidearm carried by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, and Fury also carried one as his sidearm, using it to fire at Loki while he escaped after having obtained the Tesseract for the first time, when the Helicarrier is attacked, during the Battle at the Triskelion, and to try to kill John Garrett during the Battle at Cybertek. He also carried it while commanding the bridge of the Helicarrier during the Battle of Sokovia, but he did not use it against any of the Ultron Sentries that attacked it.
- Glock 17: The Glock 17 was the standard sidearm used by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, before being replaced by the Smith & Wesson M&P. Fury carried one while he accompanied Tony Stark to his mansion in order to help him overcome his Palladium poisoning finishing Howard Stark's work.
- Airtronic RPG-7: A heavy rocket launcher that Fury used to disable a F-35 Lightning II that had received orders to drop a nuclear bomb on Manhattan. Though he successfully shot the rocked and prevented the plane from taking off, another F-35 had been ordered to do the same, and Fury was unable to prevent it.
- HYDRA Assault Rifle: To be added
- Destroyer Armor Prototype Gun: To be added
- S.H.I.E.L.D. Uniform: made from 9-ply Kevlar (able to withstand ballistic impact up to .45 caliber bullets) and a fire-resistant material whose kindling temperature is 1,700 °F (930 °C). It includes numerous S.H.I.E.L.D. paraphernalia such a radio-link tie.
- Bulletproof Vest: A personal bulletproof vest worn by Fury for protection against projectiles and shrapnel from explosions. His vest protected him getting shot by Clint Barton when he under Loki's control.
- Tesseract: To be added
- Captain America Card Collection: A vintage card collection of Captain America owned by Phil Coulson. Fury took the cards out of Coulson's locker and smeared them in his blood in order to motivate the Avengers into action against Loki.
- Peruvian 0-8-4: To be added
- Gravitonium: To be added
- Berserker Staff: To be added
- Atmospheric Moisture Freezing Device: To be added
- "What is it?"
"Toolbox, to help you build it back up."
- ―Phil Coulson and Nick Fury
- Toolbox: A compact digital storage device that holds a collected database of classified S.H.I.E.L.D. files, and additional information. Fury later gave this to Phil Coulson with the purpose of helping him rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. after an infiltration by HYDRA left the organization fractured.
- Mouse Hole: Fury had used a Mouse Hole in order to make his escape from his destroyed vehicle during an assassination attempt by the Winter Soldier, cutting through the overturned roof and disappearing into the sewers before the Winter Soldier could catch up with him.
- Tetrodotoxin B: After nearly being assassinated by the Winter Soldier who had shot him through the chest, Fury used this heart-slowing serum created by Bruce Banner to fake his death, allowing his heart rate to be slowed so far that it appeared he had no heart beat at all.
- Transmitter Pager: Witnessing half of the universe being executed by Thanos, Fury used pager to sent a distress call to Captain Marvel before he was erased alongside with others.
- Nick Fury's SUV: Fury has a computerized SUV with flight capabilities that is armed with machine guns and grenade launchers.
- S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters: To be added
- Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility: To be added
- Triskelion: To be added
- Fridge: To be added
- Guest House: To be added
- "Fury's private base on North American soil: I had to see it for myself."
- ―Glenn Talbot
- Providence: To be added
- S.H.I.E.L.D. Dam Facility: To be added
- Clint Barton's Homestead: To be added
- Although most of the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are based off of their mainstream counterparts, this Nick Fury is modeled after his Ultimate version, who is himself modeled after Samuel L. Jackson. The mainstream version of Nick Fury is an Italian American veteran of World War II, who would later be replaced by his illegitimate son, Nicholas Joseph Fury Jr, a character virtually identical to the Ultimate Nick Fury, following the success of the movies.
- Coincidentally, in the Ultimate comics, Fury said that if he could choose any actor to portray him on film, he would choose Samuel L. Jackson.
- However, the MCU version shares many traits with his mainstream counterpart, such as being a colonel of the United States Army instead of a general, or retaining his blinded eye instead of having actually lost his left eye.
- In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the epitaph on Nick Fury's grave says: "THE PATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS MAN... Ezekiel 25:17". That is a reference to Samuel L. Jackson's other role as Jules Winnfield from the movie Pulp Fiction.
- "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and goodwill, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee."
Behind the Scenes
- Samuel L. Jackson was uncredited for his appearances in Iron Man, Thor and Avengers: Infinity War.
- The story Fury told about his grandfather in Captain America: The Winter Soldier is actually a true story about Samuel L. Jackson's grandfather.
- As he fades during the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War, Fury is in the process of saying the word "motherfucker", which Samuel L. Jackson is known for using in many of his roles. Jackson has credited the word with helping him overcome a stutter he has struggled with for his entire life.
- During the filming of The Avengers, Samuel L. Jackson showed up unannounced and dressed as Nick Fury in one of the sets of the TV series Breaking Bad, asking to be an extra in one of the scenes set at the Pollos Hermanos restaurants. The series' producers denied his request.
- Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the second live-action incarnation of the character, following an incarnation portrayed by David Hasselhoff.
- Jon Watts pitched Fury as Peter Parker's mentor in Spider-Man: Homecoming but Tony Stark was chosen instead.
- Ousaun Elam, Kiante Elam, Henry Kingi, C.J. Stuart, Venice Smith and Luciano Bacheta were stunt doubles for Samuel L. Jackson in the role of Nick Fury.
- Brother Eden Douglas and Qualen Bradley were stand-ins for Samuel L. Jackson in the role of Nick Fury.
- ↑ Sebastian Stan May Have Spoiled An Avengers 4 Scene
- ↑ Spider-Man: Far From Home Adds Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders
- ↑ Nick Fury: Spies Like Us
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.04: Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.17: Turn, Turn, Turn
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Avengers: Age of Ultron
- ↑ 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 The Avengers
- ↑ Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.: 2.17: Melinda
- ↑ The Incredible Hulk: The Fury Files
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week
- ↑ Iron Man: Security Measures
- ↑ Iron Man Post-credits Scene
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- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Iron Man 2
- ↑ Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.20: Nothing Personal
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.07: The Writing on the Wall
- ↑ Thor Post-credits Scene
- ↑ Captain America: The First Avenger
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.11: The Magical Place
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.14: T.A.H.I.T.I.
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.01: Pilot
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Behind-the-Scenes With the Cast & Crew
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.17: Turn, Turn, Turn
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.02: 0-8-4
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.08: The Well
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.15: Yes Men
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.15: One Door Closes
- ↑ 30.0 30.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.18: Providence
- ↑ 31.0 31.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.22: Beginning of the End
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.20: Scars
- ↑ Captain Marvel Prelude
- ↑ Avengers: Infinity War Post-credits Scene
- ↑ Nick Fury's Grave
- ↑ 36.0 36.1 Pulp Fiction
- ↑ ‘Captain America’: Samuel L. Jackson on Nick Fury’s ‘Winter Soldier’ turn
- ↑ Samuel L. Jackson Needs Certain Swear Word To Stop His Stutter
- ↑ Spider-Man: Homecoming Director Imagined Nick Fury in Iron Man Role
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1980s - 2014