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"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[src]

Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Fury is a spy, former Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and founder of the Avengers. Fury began his career within the United States Army, rising to the rank of Colonel before his honorable discharge. He later became a CIA operative during the Cold War, primarily operating in Soviet territory. Fury joined S.H.I.E.L.D. to fight against Earth's most dangerous enemies. The great scope of enemies widened in the 1990s as Fury met Vers, helping her uncover her human heritage as Carol Danvers, as the two fought off the Starforce, which was led by Yon-Rogg, as they were targeting Skrull refugees. Fury took a liking to Goose who scratched him for violating her space and permanently blinded Fury's left eye. Fury kept the reason for this injury secret, telling others it was classified but happened in the line of duty, while Danvers left the Earth in order to find a new home for the Skrulls.

Later promoted to Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Alexander Pierce, Fury refocused his efforts over the next 15 years to organize the Avengers Initiative, with Fury's true intentions were to bring together any other powerful individuals to assist S.H.I.E.L.D. with protecting the Earth from extraterrestrial threats, which he had only learned of following his encounters with the Kree and Skrulls. Despite some more considerable reluctance from World Security Council who had not believed in his theories, Fury had still continued his efforts and eventually managed to recruit both Iron Man and Captain America into their Initiative, ready for an incoming invasion.

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 Phil Coulson, before being tracked to New York City. There, 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's victory, Fury recruited Captain America as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, while Fury worked on the new Project Insight, as a means of accurately predicting threats; something which conflicted with Rogers' ideals. 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 for decades, following Barnes' apparent death in 1945.

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, serving as support during the Battle of Sokovia. There, he commanded the rebuilt Helicarrier, which Coulson's new S.H.I.E.L.D. secretly worked on.

In 2018, now operating underground with a hand-picked crew, Fury was one of the trillions of victims in the Snap but had managed to send a distress signal to Captain Marvel before his death. In 2023, Fury was resurrected by Hulk in the Blip and attended Tony Stark's funeral alongside the other Avengers after he sacrificed his life in the Battle of Earth. Fury was then made aware of Peter Parker's identity as Spider-Man and was tasked with delivering the E.D.I.T.H. glasses to him. However, deciding to take a vacation in space on Talos' flagship, Fury tasked Talos and Soren to impersonate himself and Maria Hill respectively on Earth and to deliver the glasses to Spider-Man on his behalf. After discovering that Talos and Spider-Man had been involved in a crisis in Europe, Fury decided to end his vacation.


Early Life

Childhood in Alabama

"Where were you born?"
"Huntsville, Alabama, but technically I don't remember that part."
Vers and Nick Fury[src]

Nicholas Joseph Fury was born in Huntsville, Alabama on July 4, 1950. All throughout his childhood, Fury had insisted on only ever being addressed by his surname, even making his mother call him Fury, which he continued to insist for the rest of his life. During his childhood, Fury had his first pet, a cat named Mr. Snoofers.[2]

Military & Espionage Career

United States Army

"Soldier. Straight out of high school. Left the ranks a full bird Colonel."
―Nick Fury to Vers[src]

Once he finished high school, Fury joined the United States Army, working his way up the ranks as a soldier until being promoted to Colonel. Afterwards, he left the military and joined the CIA to pursue a career in espionage.[2]

Cold War

"It was the Cold War. We were everywhere. Belfast, Belgrade, Budapest, Bucharest."
―Nick Fury to Vers[src]

By the 1970s, Fury had a lot of action in Soviet territory, particularly Belfast, Belgrade, Budapest and Bucharest, constantly moving around the world due to the ongoing conflict of the Cold War. Fury chose to be dispatched in those locations, due to them all starting with the letter 'B' and that he could make them rhyme when he would mention them in passing.[2]

Joining S.H.I.E.L.D.

Fury's S.H.I.E.L.D. badge, issued in 1988

Fury joined S.H.I.E.L.D. by the 1980s and was working under R. Keller's command by 1988. For six years since 1989, he had been working a desk job in a S.H.I.E.L.D. office, attempting to locate and hunt down future enemies. By 1995, he had Level 3 S.H.I.E.L.D. clearance.[2] Over time, Fury oversaw the training of Phil Coulson and John Garrett as their Supervising Officer.[12]

Kree-Skrull War

Encountering Extraterrestrials

Fury first introducing himself to Vers

"You know anything about a lady blowing up a Blockbuster? Witnesses say she was dressed for laser tag."
―Nick Fury to Vers[src]

In 1995, Fury and a group of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents received a call about a mysterious woman who crashed into a store in Los Angeles.

Fury and Coulson engage in pursuit of Vers

The following morning, Fury interrogated the suspect. He proceeded to ask the woman if she was aware of someone who had fallen into a Blockbuster. Vers then claimed that she was from the Kree planet Hala and warned Fury that the Skrulls had infiltrated his planet. As an incredulous Fury asked for her credentials, however, a Skrull started shooting at them. Vers started chasing after the Skrull, while Fury alerted the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to chase after Vers and the Skrull.

Fury realizes "Coulson" is a Skrull impostor

The chase led him to follow a metro transit train across Los Angeles alongside Phil Coulson, where Vers was in pursuit of the Skrull. Fury and Coulson both kept tabs on Vers, watching as she fought the Skrull atop the train, and narrowly avoiding falling debris on several occasions. During the chase, however, Fury received a message from Coulson, who claimed he was stranded at the shopping complex while doing damage control.

Fury showing his S.H.I.E.L.D. identification

Fury realized that Vers was telling the truth, and deduced that the Coulson riding shotgun next to him was a Skrull impostor. The Skrull, now aware that Fury had uncovered his deception, attempted to choke him to cover his infiltration. During the scuffle, Fury hard turned the car they were riding in to be t-boned by an incoming bus, which killed the Skrull on impact. Upon seeing the alien's true form, Fury quickly covered the Skrull's body and marked the scene of the accident under S.H.I.E.L.D. investigation and analysis.[2]

Interrogating Vers

Fury takes orders from "Keller" to follow Vers

"Did you have a rough day, Agent Fury?"
"It's cool. You know, had a space invasion, big car chase, got to watch an alien autopsy. Typical nine-to-five."
Vers and Nick Fury[src]

Following his encounter with the Skrulls, Fury marked the incident under S.H.I.E.L.D. investigation, and contacted R. Keller, unaware that at this point Talos had impersonated him. Fury was summoned to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Field Office by 'Keller', and as they observed the corpse of the dead Skrull, Fury informed 'Keller' of Vers whom he had encountered earlier, and was authorized to work undercover with her.

Fury being questioned by Vers about his past

Fury tracked down Vers after learning she stole a motorcycle, and followed her to Pancho's Bar. Once he arrived at Pancho's Bar, Fury confronted Vers and proved that he was not a Skrull by answering questions about his past, including his small quirks, the name of his first pet, and details about his military career; memories that a Skrull couldn't fabricate.

Fury arrives at the P.E.G.A.S.U.S. Facility

To confirm her suspicions, with the intent to corner her into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, Fury drove her to the Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility. En route, Vers explained to Fury the history of the ongoing Kree-Skrull War, and the Skrulls' interest in Wendy Lawson's Light-Speed Engine. Upon arrival at the base, Fury explained to Vers when she learned of his full name that he is only referred to by his surname.

Fury covertly alerts 'Keller' of Vers' location

Arriving inside the facility, Fury and Vers were told to wait in a locked room. While they waited for security to give them clearance inside, however, an impatient Fury used a piece of tape and placed it on his badge to take the fingerprint of an official with security clearance who had touched his badge, to give them access to the building. As Vers headed to the file room, Fury secretly contacted S.H.I.E.L.D. and alerted 'Keller' of Vers' location inside the facility through his pager, dismissing the contact as him simply trying to contact his mother.

Fury discovers Wendy Lawson's file

As they were leaving, Fury encountered Goose, and began petting her, before Vers told Fury to keep moving. While inside the facility's archives, Fury and Vers discovered information about Lawson and found a notebook of Kree glyphs inside her files. When Vers realized her life on Earth as Carol Danvers, Fury explained that both Lawson and Danvers were supposedly killed in a faulty test flight of an Asis Aircraft.[2]

Ambush at Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility

Fury realizes that R. Keller is a Skrull impostor

"Fury's colluding with the target."
"Then why would he call us in?"
"All I know is we take him in too, dead or alive."
Whitcher and Phil Coulson[src]

While Vers continued reading the file, Fury went to the entrance of the facility to meet the several incoming S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, including 'Keller'. When Fury and 'Keller' boarded an elevator down to the archives to capture Vers, 'Keller' called Fury by his first name, Nicholas. This caused Fury to become suspicious, since most people who know Fury, including the real Keller, never call him by his first name.

Fury is held at gunpoint by Talos

This caused Fury to assume that Keller was replaced by a Skrull. Fury then described a plan of action and tested Talos by asking if he remembers a strategy during a fictitious mission that he supposedly did with the real Keller, but Talos didn’t notice and agreed with him, making Fury confident that he was a Skrull. Seeing that S.H.I.E.L.D. was being infiltrated by the Skrulls, Fury deceived Talos and decided to go rogue with Vers.

Fury engages in a fight with Talos

When Fury left, however, Talos realized that Fury was already suspicious, and sent several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, including Phil Coulson and Whitcher, to capture Fury dead or alive. Talos manages to find Fury and hold him at gunpoint, but Fury disarmed him, leading to a fight. Despite putting up a good fight, Fury was eventually overpowered and knocked down by Talos's might.

Fury is defeated by Talos

As Talos was standing over him, he was stunned by Vers' photon blast, who had decided to come back and rescue Fury. When more agents arrived, Vers blasted a hole through the ceiling to the next floor so that she and Fury could get through it and escape. As the two were making their escape, Fury was scolded by Vers for betraying her for calling in S.H.I.E.L.D., to which Fury then apologized for.

Fury and Vers are halted by Phil Coulson

When they made their way to the stairwell, they were halted by Coulson, who held them at gunpoint. Coulson decided to help them by misdirecting the other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Once they were temporarily safe, Fury handed over his Transmitter Pager to Vers so that he wouldn’t use it again. The two then made their way to the facility's hangar, where they found a Quadjet.

Fury and Vers escape on a Quadjet

When they sat in the cockpit, Fury asked Vers if she knew how to fly the aircraft, which she was fairly certain of. Vers then proceeded to fly the aircraft out of the facility. Shortly after escaping, the two realized that Goose had stowed away in the Quadjet as well. Once they were in the clear zone, Fury was shown a photo of Vers that she had found. They then deduced that she was the pilot that went down with "Lawson" and somehow arrived on Hala.

Fury bonds with Vers

Fury was then informed by Vers that they needed to find her old friend, Maria Rambeau, so Fury instructed her on how to get to Louisiana. When Vers asked him why Coulson didn’t hand them over to the Skrulls, Fury informed her that it was him going by his instinct to let them go. The two then bonded with each other as they flew, laughing over their experiences with each other.[2]

Alliance with the Skrulls

"No one's going to hurt the girl. Just, don't kill me. We got a really complicated situation."
"I'm about five seconds from complicating that wall with some ugly-ass Skrull brains."
Talos and Nick Fury[src]

Fury, Vers and Goose then made their way to Rambeau Residence in Louisiana. After they arrived, Vers was greeted by Monica Rambeau, who called her Auntie Carol and her mother Maria Rambeau, who was apparently a long-time friend, while Fury watched as all this unfolded. They all then went inside where Vers filled them in on the last six years of her life. Fury then went to go collect some of Vers' items with Monica, while Vers talked with Maria. Fury also witnessed Monica show Vers some photos of her old life.

Fury threatening to shoot Talos

Fury joined Vers and Maria after Talos showed up at the house and wanted to make a deal with Vers in order to help him find the Light-Speed Engine's core. After listening to a black box recording of Vers and Mar-Vell, Vers remembered who she was, and both she and Fury agreed to help find the core at Mar-Vell's Laboratory to help Talos end the Kree-Skrull War. From there, Fury, Vers, Talos, Maria, and Goose boarded the Quadjet, upgraded by Norex, and headed off to find the core.

Fury being held captive

Once in space, they found Mar-Vell's cloaked laboratory and proceeded to board, where they eventually found the core, which Mar-Vell referred to in her notes as the Tesseract. As it turned out, Mar-Vell's lab was doubling as a refuge for the Skrulls. They only revealed themselves after Talos called for them. Talos did not come for the Tesseract, but rather his wife and daughter, who were on board. Suddenly, they found themselves surrounded and outnumbered by the Starforce and Kree soldiers, led by Yon-Rogg. The Kree successfully retrieved the Tesseract and took Fury, Danvers, Rambeau, and Goose hostage.[2]

Helping Skrull Refugees

Fury commanding Goose to attack

"You know you're glowing, right?"
"I'll explain it later. Take the Tesseract."
―Nick Fury and Captain Marvel[src]

After overhearing Minn-Erva command that the Skrulls be ejected into space, Fury and Maria Rambeau were freed from captivity by Carol Danvers, who tasked them with getting the Skrulls and the Tesseract on the Quadjet and to safety. They found the Skrulls, though Talos had shape-shifted into a Kree soldier and used this disguise as a ruse to get Fury, Rambeau, and the rest of the Skrull refugees off the ship.

Fury watches Maria Rambeau pilot the Quadjet

After taking out three soldiers, Fury, Rambeau, Talos, and the Skrull refugees boarded the Quadjet to escape. However, they were tailed by Minn-Erva, and while Rambeau managed to blow her out the sky, Yon-Rogg began shooting at them soon thereafter. However, Danvers arrived just in time and knocked Yon-Rogg out of the sky.[2]


Fury moments before his left eye is blinded

"So, is it true? That the Kree burned your eye out because you refused to give them the Tesseract?"
"I will neither confirm nor deny the facts of that story."
Phil Coulson and Nick Fury[src]

Upon their victory, Fury was playing with Goose to celebrate but she scratched Fury's left eye, leaving a nasty scar which eventually blinded him. That night, Fury, Carol Danvers, Talos, Soren, Maria Rambeau, and the Skrulls returned to the Rambeau Residence, where Fury offered Rambeau a job as a pilot for S.H.I.E.L.D. Afterward, he and Danvers discussed the Tesseract being hidden on Earth. She then returned Fury's pager to him, which she upgraded with a range of at least a couple galaxies.

Fury says goodbye to Carol Danvers

Despite what happened, Fury agreed to take care of Goose while Danvers was away with the Skrulls. Returning to his office, he was approached by Phil Coulson, who brought him a box of prosthetic eyeballs. Coulson then asked Fury if the rumors that the Kree had blinded him as punishment for not giving them the Tesseract were true, to which Fury refused to confirm nor deny the claim.[2]

Avengers Initiative

Fury creates the Avengers Initiative

"We have no idea what other intergalactic threats are out there. And our one woman security force had a prior commitment on the other side of the universe. S.H.I.E.L.D. alone can't protect us. We need to find more."
―Nick Fury to Phil Coulson[src]

Fury's experience with Carol Danvers made him realize that the world's arsenal, let alone S.H.I.E.L.D.'s can't protect the world, especially from intergalactic threats. This led him to form the Protectors Initiative but later renamed it into the Avengers Initiative, naming after Danvers' call-sign of "Avenger".[2] According to the Initiative, S.H.I.E.L.D. would seek out individuals with unique abilities and powers and record them in the Index[13] to form a response team should any threat beyond the warfighting capacity of conventional military forces appear.[2]

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

Mission in Bogotá and Promotion

Fury is promoted by Alexander Pierce

"Why make me head of S.H.I.E.L.D.?"
"Because you were the best, and the most ruthless person I ever met."
"I did what I did to protect people."
―Nick Fury and Alexander Pierce[src]

Eventually, Fury became Deputy Chief of a S.H.I.E.L.D. station in Bogotá, working under Alexander Pierce's command. When the National Liberation Army took several political officers hostage, including Pierce's daughter, Fury proposed a plan to get the hostages out, but Pierce insisted on negotiating with the rebels. However, Fury disobeyed his orders and got the hostages out. For his actions, Fury was promoted to the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. when Pierce gave up his position to become a member of the World Security Council.[5] As Director, Fury was interested in searching for mysterious and dangerous artifacts, such as the Darkhold, which he was unable to find.[14]

Avengers Recruitment

As a part of the Avengers Initiative, Fury attempted to locate Captain America, whose body was lost following the end of World War II, although the WSC were highly critical of his attempts. The Council instead wanted Fury to focus his efforts on the Tesseract and harnessing all its power for S.H.I.E.L.D.'s benefit. However, Fury continued the search despite their demands.[15] Fury recruited Clint Barton as one of his most trusted agents while agreeing to keep his family off-records for protection.[7] Fury sent Barton on a mission to eliminate the assassin, codenamed Black Widow, but Barton decided not to kill her and recruited her into S.H.I.E.L.D., after she defected from the Red Room.[4]

When Fury was informed that the United States Army, led by Thaddeus Ross, was hunting down Bruce Banner, he personally approached Banner in a bar and tried to talk to him peacefully. When this failed, Fury cued Johnson and Peterson to provoke Banner into displaying his powers, causing him to then turn into Hulk. Although alarmed at his transformation, Fury successfully stopped Hulk's rampage by appealing to Banner's desire to not hurt the innocent people, causing Hulk to leave. Afterwards at S.H.I.E.L.D, he officially declared Hulk to be Ross's problem for the time being.[16]

Birth of Iron Man

Fury goes to personally meet with Tony Stark

"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[src]

In 2009, Fury learned that Tony Stark had been kidnapped by the Ten Rings, so he sent Phil Coulson and Jasper Sitwell to deal with the situation. However, Stark eventually escaped and not long after, Iron Man had also appeared and begun 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.[17]

Fury first introduces himself to Tony Stark

Fury went into Stark's mansion, as he publicly revealed himself as Iron Man, and talked to him about the Avengers Initiative.[1] However, Stark made it clear he did not want to be involved,[3] so Fury ordered Black Widow to infiltrate Stark Industries and keep tabs on Stark.[18] In a later mission, Fury sent Agent Garrett to check on a SEAL team. However, Garrett found out that the Ten Rings were there too. Fury was radioed by Garrett, not long into the mission, who said that he wasn't sure he'd make it out. After a few minutes, Garrett radioed again and told him that Iron Man swooped in a saved his life. Fury told Garret to clean up and arrive back for debrief.[19]

Fury was ordered by the World Security Council to recruit Emil Blonsky into the Avengers Initiative, so he dispatched Coulson and Sitwell to find the solution, since Blonsky was too much of a liability. Coulson and Sitweell then decided to send Stark to annoy Thaddeus Ross until he had refused to allow Blonsky to join the team.[20] 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.[21] With GH.325 made from a deceased Kree who they still had in storage, they cured a group of terminally ill people, with the initial tests were successful 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 shut down; however, Fury had secretly decided to continue with the project.[22] 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 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 mysterious object that was coded as an 0-8-4, so Fury issued an order to deal with the situation.[15]

Helping Tony Stark

Director Fury locates the hungover 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[src]

Six months later, 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,[15] and had just been involved in a very public fight with James Rhodes at his mansion, during which much of the residence had been destroyed and Rhodes had stolen one of the suits to be handed over to the United States Air Force for their own study and use. Fury then personally confronted the hungover and still suited Tony Stark at Randy's Donuts for becoming a problem that he had to solve.

Fury having a conversation with Tony Stark

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 wanted to do everything himself before sarcastically asking how that was working out for him so far. While Stark questioned whether or not to look into Fury's eye or his eye patch and if he was even real, Fury turned his attention onto the palladium poisoning on Stark's neck. They were then joined by Natasha Romanoff, with Fury revealing he had placed her undercover within Stark Industries to keep an eye on Stark's behavior, prompting Stark to try firing her.

Fury and Black Widow confronting Iron Man

Fury began listing off everything that Stark had recently done which 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 Stark that he had bigger issues to deal with around the world.

Fury commenting on Tony Stark's recovery

Following Fury's orders, Romanoff then provided Stark with a shot of Lithium Dioxide, which eased back his 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 found nothing, Fury informed Stark there was indeed a way to cure his infection and he just had not found it yet. Fury promised S.H.I.E.L.D. would help Stark find what he needed.[18]

Discussing Howard Stark

Fury and Tony Stark discuss the Arc Reactor

"That thing in your chest is based on unfinished technology."
"No, it was finished, it's never been particularly effective until I had miniaturized 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[src]

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 had miniaturized 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 tells Stark about all of his father's work

Fury then began providing information on the background of Anton Vanko, the father of Ivan Vanko, who had recently attempted to kill Stark, before he revealed that Howard Stark 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 leaves Tony Stark to continue his work

Fury left Phil Coulson at Stark's mansion with orders not to allow him 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.[18] As things in New Mexico became more complicated with the discovery of the 0-8-4, which revealed to be a hammer, Fury 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.[15]

Recruiting a Consultant

Fury brings Tony Stark for a meeting

"At this juncture, we'd only like to use you as a consultant."
"You can't afford me."
―Nick Fury and Tony Stark[src]

Fury met with Tony Stark once again after Stark had successfully managed to fix his Arc Reactor and had gone on to defeat Ivan Vanko 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 of handing him Natasha Romanoff's assessment of Stark himself during her undercover mission with Stark.

Fury and Tony Stark discuss his review

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, Stark had proven himself unsuitable for the Avengers due to all of his recent actions and 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.

Fury's offer being turned down by Tony Stark

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 Stern to present him and Rhodes with the medals for all their bravery in defeating Whiplash, which Fury agreed to.[18] Romanoff then gave Fury report on Bruce Banner's transformation into Hulk and his successful fight against Emil Blonsky.

Fury agreeing to Tony Stark's one request

As his long week continued, Phil Coulson informed Fury about the Destroyer's attack on Puente Antiguo, while Fury had learned how 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.[15]

End of the Week

Fury first introduces himself to Erik Selvig

"Legend tells us one thing; history, another. But, every now and then, we find something that belongs to both."
"What is it?"
"Power, Doctor. If we figure out how to tap it, maybe unlimited power."
―Nick Fury and Erik Selvig[src]

Fury's recruitment drive turned to people who had been involved in a destructive incident in Puente Antiguo. Impressed by the work he had seen and the discoveries that had been made, Fury had summoned Erik Selvig, who had been associated with all the recent incidents and the sightings of Thor, to the Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility, greeting him in a hallway.

Fury discusses Selvig and Jane Foster's work

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 decides to show Erik Selvig the Tesseract

Fury revealed the Tesseract within the case and told Selvig 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.[23] 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.[15]

Awakening of Steve Rogers

Fury introduces himself to Steve 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."
"Break what?"
"You've been asleep, Cap. For almost seventy years."
―Nick Fury and Steve Rogers[src]

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 supersoldier, who had been frozen in the Arctic ever since his battle against HYDRA and the Red Skull all the way back during World War II, and he had somehow managed to miraculously survive his frozen entombment for almost seventy years.[15]

Fury explains the situation to Steve Rogers

Fury oversaw Rogers's 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.

Fury asks whether Steve Rogers will be alright

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.[24]

Chitauri Invasion

Loki's Invasion of Earth

Fury learning of the Tesseract's unstability

"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[src]

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 another 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.

Fury giving Maria Hill her evacuation orders

In 2012, when the Tesseract had begun suddenly emitting unexpectedly high levels of Gamma Radiation, Fury was quick to personally take charge of the operation. He arrived at the Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility 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 is told about the Tesseract's activity

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 its 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 Hulk, as he noted that Gamma could be harmful. Fury requested to speak to Clint Barton, as Selvig noted that he was watching them.

Fury and Hawkeye witnessing Loki's arrival

Barton then joined Fury to give him his report on the situation as it continued unfolding, Barton 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. Barton'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 much staff in the laboratory, before using the Mind Stone inside the Scepter to turn Selvig, Barton and other agents into his own personal slaves.

Fury desperately trying to reason with Loki

Defenseless against Loki's power, Fury made a desperate attempt to escape with the Tesseract, pulling it out of its container and trying to leave without being seen. However, Loki ordered him to stop before introducing himself as Loki of Asgard, while Selvig then realized that Loki was the brother of Thor. Knowing that the energy levels above them were causing serious damage to the 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 Barton to shoot Fury in the chest and take the Tesseract.

Fury escaping from the exploding facility

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 Barton's betrayal and ordering her to do what she could to attempt to stop Barton 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.

Fury attempting to stop Loki from escaping

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.

Fury furiously shooting at the escaping Loki

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.

Fury telling his agents that they are at war

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 Hulk with the intention of fighting the forces Loki would send against them with the Tesseract's power.[4]

Recruiting Captain America

Fury and Gideon Malick argue over his plan

"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."
―Nick Fury and Captain America[src]

Desperate for a solution to the problem of Loki's possession of the Tesseract, Fury informed the World Security Council that he was activating the Avengers Initiative. While they discussed what happened, Pamela 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.

Fury finds Steve Rogers training in the gym

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 America had 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 recruits Steve Rogers to the Avengers

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.

Fury convincing Steve Rogers to join him

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 Bruce Banner.[4]

Activating the Avengers

Fury takes over command of the Helicarrier

"Doctor, thank you for coming."
"Thanks for asking nicely. So, how long am I staying?"
"Once we get our hands on the Tesseract, you're in the clear."
―Nick Fury and Bruce Banner[src]

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.

Fury is given ten dollars from Steve Rogers

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 personally greets Doctor Bruce Banner

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.

Fury sends Captain America to capture Loki

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.[4]

Dealing with Asgardians

Fury interrogating the captured Loki in his cell

"How desperate am I? You threaten my world with war, you steal a force you can't hope to control, you talk about peace, and you kill 'cause it's fun. You have made me very desperate. You might not be glad that you did."
―Nick Fury to Loki[src]

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 Hulk. Fury then spoke to Loki personally, threatening that if he made any attempt to escape than 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.

Fury personally giving Loki his final warnings

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.

Fury discussing what Loki's schemes are

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 its 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.

Fury speaks with Thor about Loki's schemes

Having discussed what Loki had said with the Avengers, Fury later spoke to Thor, who had been discussing Asgard's wars on Earth with 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.

Fury speaks with Thor about Loki's schemes

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 overconfidence and noted that he seemed glad to be on the ship unlike everybody else who was there with him.[4]

Avengers Argument

Fury sees Tony Stark has hacked S.H.I.E.L.D.

"Last year Earth had a visitor from another planet who had a grudge match that leveled a small town. We learned that not only are we not alone, but we are hopelessly, hilariously outgunned."
"My people want nothing but peace with your planet."
"But you're not the only people out there, are you?"
―Nick Fury and Thor[src]

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.

Fury questions what Tony Stark is really doing

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 2 really was. However, just before Fury could then answer Stark's question, Captain America had then entered the room with a Arnimhilation 99L Assault Weapon which he had found, claiming that Phase Two was S.H.I.E.L.D. using the Tesseract to make weapons.

Fury defends his use of the HYDRA weapons

As Fury then attempted to defend his actions to Rogers 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 HYDRA's designs in order to make Tesseract-powered weapons, which greatly angered Rogers. As they were joined by Romanoff 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.

Fury explains why S.H.I.E.L.D. made weapons

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.

Fury argues with all the Avengers over secrets

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 Rogers 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 sees Bruce Banner almost losing control

Fury then watched as Rogers and Stark had continued their argument, until telling Romanoff 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 to attempt 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 Rogers made him realize 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.[4]

Attack on the Helicarrier

Fury being attacked by Hawkeye's soldiers

"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[src]

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.

Fury taking over command of their 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.

Fury defending the Helicarrier's control room

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 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.

Fury shooting at Hawkeye and all his soldiers

With the attack still continuing, Fury had then engaged in a fierce gunfight 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 multiple 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.

Fury finally regaining control of their situation

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 Hulk in order to force him to escape the Helicarrier before he could tear it all apart, which resulted in Hulk furiously destroying the jet before disappearing having been thrown overboard. During the aftermath of the battle, Thor and 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 witnesses Phil Coulson's demise

Fury had eventually found 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 apologized 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.[4]

Inspiring the Avengers

Fury informs the Avengers of Coulson's death

"There was an idea, Stark knows this, called the Avengers Initiative. The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people, see if they could become something more. See if they could work together when we needed them to fight the battles we never could."
―Nick Fury[src]

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 room 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.

Fury discusses the Avengers Initiative

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 attempts to inspire Tony Stark into action

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.

Fury looks at Coulson's trading cards

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.[4]

Battle of New York

Fury watches the Avengers battle Loki's army

"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 against a civilian population!"
―Nick Fury and Gideon Malick[src]

With the team inspired by Phil Coulson's death and wanting to avenge him, the Avengers Initiative had finally come to fruition, as the team traveled 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.

Fury argues with the World Security Council

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.

Fury shoots down one of his own planes.

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 watching Iron Man's ultimate sacrifice

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 Chitauri Command Center, killing all of the invading aliens of the mothership. Stark barely survived the fall back onto Earth but was caught and saved by Hulk. They looked across the city and determined they had won the war as they captured a bruised and beaten Loki yet again.[4]

Disbanding the Avengers

Fury debriefs with the World Security Council

"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?"
"I am."
Maria Hill and Nick Fury[src]

Now that the Avengers Initiative had ultimately succeeded, 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 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.

Fury and Maria Hill discussing the Avengers

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 Pamela 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 (indirectly mentioning Carol Danvers), before he hung up the call to the Council.

Fury reassures Maria Hill about the Avengers

As Fury walked across the Helicarrier's control room and overlooking 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 traveling 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.[4]

Aftermath of the Invasion

Fury watches Phil Coulson's slow recovery

"I want it fixed just like you found it. So don't have FitzSimmons going making modifications like a-a damn fish tank."
"Yes, sir."
"And the new girl… she's a risk."
"I know, sir."
―Nick Fury and Phil Coulson[src]

Unknown to the Avengers, Phil Coulson was brought back to life with S.H.I.E.L.D.'s advanced technology and experimental drugs.[25][26] Fury chose to hide the truth about Coulson's survival from the Avengers, classifying the information to those with Level 7 clearance or above.[4][26][27] 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.[21]

Fury and Phil Coulson discussing the Bus

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 Coulson to build an operative team to prevent this.[28] 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 had May keep him updated on Coulson for signs of mental deterioration.[12]

Fury overlooks the damage done to the Bus

Following Coulson's mission in Peru, Fury was furious at Coulson as the Bus was heavily damaged. He also warned him that 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.[29] 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".[30]

Fury warning Coulson of the risk Skye poses

According to Victoria Hand, when Coulson got abducted by the Centipede Project and tortured for several days by Edison Po, both Fury and Maria Hill wanted constant updates on the situation of the rescue mission coordinated by Hand and the other agents. Hand later informed Coulson that Fury was very relieved after hearing of Coulson's successful rescue mission.[25] A few weeks later, May used a secure phone line on the Bus to call Fury and tell him that Coulson knew the truth about his resurrection.[31]

HYDRA Uprising

Project Insight

Fury being confronted by Captain America

"S.H.I.E.L.D. takes the world as it is, not as we'd like it to be. It's getting damn near past time for you to get with that program."
"Don't hold your breath."
―Nick Fury and Captain America[src]

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. In 2014, Fury then covertly hired Georges Batroc and his team of mercenaries to take over the Lemurian Star in order to provide cover for Romanoff's mission to get information on Project Insight. After the successful mission, Rogers and Fury clashed over the director's secrecy concerning mission details.

Fury tells Steve Rogers about his grandfather

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 at work to protect himself; Fury explained that while his grandfather liked people, he did not trust them and they now had guns somewhat bigger than what his grandfather had.

Fury discusses Project Insight with Rogers

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, pointed out 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.

Fury slowly beginning to doubt Project Insight

As Fury returned to his office and prepared to look into the files that 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, raising 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 having a meeting with Alexander Pierce

Fury found Secretary 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 Batroc. Fury briefly pulled Pierce out of the meeting and asked him to delay Project Insight's launch, hesitant of the possible dangers of the project 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 had Iron Man visit his niece's birthday party. Fury agreed and the pair shook hands and departed.[5]

Attack on Nick Fury

Fury giving his latest orders to Maria Hill

"There are a lot of things you don't know about me."
"I know, Nick. That's the problem."
―Nick Fury and Steve Rogers[src]

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 gave 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 profiling him.

Fury defends himself against HYDRA soldiers

Before he could react, a group of HYDRA agents disguised as cops then attacked Fury while he was driving, slamming into his car and using an Electronic Battering Ram to try and penetrate the vehicle's armor. Despite suffering a fractured arm, Fury was able to utilize his SUV's defense mechanisms to fight back against the assassins, firing a machine gun at them before driving away. During a prolonged car chase, Fury continued to fight and outwit his attackers while driving.

Fury is almost murdered by the Winter Soldier

Just as Fury got to safety after causing two of his assassins' car to be hit by a passing lorry, he encountered an assassin known as the Winter Soldier, who used a Disc Grenade to disable Fury's SUV, causing it to violently crash and greatly injure him. As the Winter Soldier walked to the car to execute him, Fury used a Mouse Hole to cut through the car and escape into the sewers, seeking assistance from the only person he felt he could trust.

Fury hiding out in Steve Rogers' apartment

Fury retreated to Steve Rogers's apartment and sat waiting in the darkness while listening to music. When Rogers arrived after speaking to his neighbor, Fury greeted him and showed Rogers his injuries to express the seriousness of the situation. He spoke in coded language, claiming to have been thrown out of his house by his wife, who very few people knew about. Meanwhile, Fury texted on his phone to communicate to Rogers his real message that S.H.I.E.L.D. was compromised, as he knew the apartment was bugged.

Fury is seemingly killed by the Winter Soldier

However, the Winter Soldier had followed Fury there and fired two sniper rounds through the wall and into his chest, mortally wounding him. As Fury struggled for breath, he gave Rogers the hard drive of Project Insight and urged him not to trust anyone. Sharon Carter arrived and treated Fury's wounds while Rogers chased the Winter Soldier, but was unable to capture the assassin. Fury was taken to the hospital and ultimately pronounced dead during surgery, after which his body was taken by Hill.[5]

Fighting Back

S.H.I.E.L.D. declares Fury as deceased

"Maybe, just maybe, we can salvage what's left..."
"We're not salvaging anything. We're not just taking down the carriers, Nick, we're taking down S.H.I.E.L.D."
―Nick Fury and Captain America[src]

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 greets his team during his recovery

Fury told the group that they needed to expose 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 were what allowed HYDRA to infiltrate the organization in the first place, as well as create the Winter Soldier. Although Fury told Rogers that he had not known about the Winter Soldier, Rogers pointed out that Fury probably would not have told him even if he did. Realizing that Romanoff, Wilson, and Hill agreed with Rogers, Fury then consented to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D.

Fury makes a plan 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 Pierce.[5] Before returning to the Triskelion, Fury ordered Bobbi Morse and Isabelle Hartley to rescue Robert Gonzales in the Iliad, and also ordered Morse to destroy the ship in order to prevent HYDRA from obtaining the Monolith.[32]

Battle at the Triskelion

Fury finally returning back into the Triskelion

"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[src]

The plan went underway as Captain America rallied the remaining loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agents together to fight HYDRA while Black Widow used a Photostatic Veil to disguise herself as Pamela Hawley to infiltrate the World Security Council and get to Project Insight's leader. Once Romanoff was able to capture Alexander Pierce, Fury arrived and confronted his former friend.

Fury personally confronting Alexander Pierce

While Pierce joked about having sent flowers to Fury's funeral, he attempted to justify his actions of nearly assassinating Fury and causeing mass-genocide 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., and 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 uploading all of HYDRA's secrets online

Fury and Romanoff revealed 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, but Pierce remained confident as he had ensured that Fury's clearance had already been wiped from the system. However, Fury replied that to stay ahead of him, Pierce needed to keep both eyes open, thus revealing he had a security contingency in place should S.H.I.E.L.D.'s arsenal fall into the wrong hands. Fury then used his blind eye, which Pierce had forgotten to delete from the retinal scan, to unlock the system.

Fury shoots and kills Alexander Pierce

When Pierce attempted to turn the tables on his situation, killing all the members of the 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 took the opportunity to shoot Pierce twice in the chest, killing the secretary and leaving his body behind as he helped Romanoff get back to her feet.

Fury pilots a helicopter away from the battle

Fury and Romanoff escaped in a helicopter and witnessed Rogers successfully complete their mission, destroying all of the Helicarriers while battling the Winter Soldier. As Fury flew the Helicopter, one of the 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 thanks to Fury's exceptional piloting skills.

Fury destroying the things of his former life.

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 and replacing his eyepatch with a pair of sunglasses, along with a wardrobe change, to blend into a crowd.[5] Only a select few others were given knowledge of his survival, including Eric Koenig and Phil Coulson.[33]


Fury visiting his grave with Rogers and Wilson

"We've been data mining HYDRA's files. Looks like a lot of rats didn't go down with the ship. I'm headed to Europe tonight. Wanted to ask if you'd come."
"There's something I got to do first."
―Nick Fury and Steve Rogers[src]

Fury went to his fake graveside to talk with Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, and Natasha Romanoff before he went into hiding. He prepared to depart for Europe, intending to seek out and take down all of the remaining HYDRA cells. Fury asked if Falcon would like to join him there, but Wilson refused, stating that he was a soldier, not a spy. As they shook hands, Fury reminded them not to tell anyone of his survival.[5]

Fury talking with Steve Rogers before leaving

Fury later guided 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, 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.[33]

Fury continues his own undercover missions

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.[21]

Battle at Cybertek

Fury rescues Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz

"I went to great pains to make sure you didn't die the first time."
"Now's probably not the best time, but I'd like to have a lengthy conversation with you about that. It might get loud."
"And I owe you that. But right now, we owe Garrett a punch in the teeth, wouldn't you say?"
―Nick Fury and Phil Coulson[src]

On his way to Europe, Fury received a weak distress call which led him to 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 hands Phil Coulson the Destroyer Gun

Fury managed to locate Coulson in a fierce battle against 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.

Fury and Phil Coulson fighting John Garrett

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.[34]

A New Foundation

Fury makes Coulson Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.

"There's no one else I'd trust with this."
"Thank you, sir. How should I proceed?"
"That's up to you... Director."
―Nick Fury and Phil Coulson[src]

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.

Fury leaves to go underground for a time

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.[34]

Ultron Offensive

Advising the Avengers

Fury learns of Ultron's plans for genocide

"Back in the day, I had eyes everywhere, ears everywhere else. Here we all are, back on Earth, with nothing but our wit and our will to save the world. So stand. Outwit the platinum bastard."
―Nick Fury to the Avengers[src]

When Tony Stark inadvertently created an artificial intelligence robot known as Ultron in 2015, 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 Mightiest Heroes wounded both physically and mentally.

Fury offers some more advice to Tony Stark

The team traveled to the Barton 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.

Fury gives another speech to the Avengers

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.

Fury leaves the Avengers to fight Ultron

Eventually, Bruce Banner worked out that Ultron's next move 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.[7]

Battle of Sokovia

Fury leading their attack against Ultron's army

"Sir, we have multiple bogeys converging on our starboard flank."
"Show them what we got."
Maria Hill and Nick Fury[src]

Fury had secretly been working with Phil Coulson on a project known as the Theta Protocol, a hidden Helicarrier kept completely off records for emergency use only. With Coulson's[35] 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 Lifeboats to take the civilians to safety; he sent War Machine into the battle to fight the army of Ultron robots.

Fury destroys another of the Ultron Sentries

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.[7]

New Avengers

Fury arriving inside the Avengers Compound

"Nothing lasts forever."
"Trouble, Ms. Romanoff. No matter who wins or loses, trouble still comes around."
Natasha Romanoff and Nick Fury[src]

Fury received information from S.H.I.E.L.D. about where Hulk and the Quinjet may have crashed.[36] Fury later arrived at the Avengers Compound in upstate New York and told Natasha Romanoff the last known location of the Avengers Quinjet, which 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.[7]

Fury having his talk with Natasha Romanoff

In the wake of dissolution of the Avengers which had been due to the actions of Helmut Zemo, Fury began operating under a private crew of his own, with hand-selected operatives. He 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. Sometime later, Fury met with Rogers, who was now a fugitive, to convince him to contact Stark and work things out in the wake of their disagreement, although this seemed like an impossible task.[37] Fury and Hill would continue to lay low for the next few years without much interference.

Infinity War

Thanos' Victory

Fury and Maria Hill talking about Wakanda

"What is it?"
"Multiple bogeys over Wakanda."
"Same energy signature as New York?"
"Ten times bigger."
―Nick Fury and Maria Hill[src]

One day in 2018, Fury was driving through Atlanta with Maria Hill and with no clear idea of what was happening, asked for updates on Tony Stark's location after he had disappeared into a spaceship. Hill replied they had found nothing despite an extensive search around the world. She then informed Fury of unidentified objects detected over in Wakanda, indicating that something serious was happening there.

Fury realizes something terrible has happened

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 due to the Snap. The duo began to notice civilians disappearing and a helicopter colliding into a nearby building.

Fury realizes he is being taken by the Snap

As Fury instructed Hill to call control for a code red, she alerted him that she was disappearing herself, and he watched in horror with nothing he could do to save her. Fury raced back to his car and grabbed his pager, sending out an emergency alert to Captain Marvel. Mere seconds later, his hand vanished, and Fury cursed as he disappeared.[38]

Blip Aftermath

Tony Stark's Funeral

Fury attends Tony Stark's funeral

Five years later, as a result of the Blip, Fury was restored to life.[39] As per Stark's wishes, Fury was given a pair of glasses that housed the E.D.I.T.H. artificial tactical intelligence system, and was instructed to bequeath the glasses to Peter Parker, having been made aware that Parker was Spider-Man.[8] Fury attended Tony Stark's funeral at Stark's house, where he stood silently on the porch and briefly reunited with Carol Danvers for the first time since 1995. While at the funeral, Fury noticed Parker in attendance, and was going to introduce himself and deliver the glasses but changed his mind, feeling that the time was not right nor appropriate.[39]

Galactic Vacations

Fury is contacted by Talos

"Nick Fury was there the entire time. Just ask him and he can explain everything."
"Nick Fury has been off-planet for the last year."
Peter Parker and P. Cleary[src]

After spending some time re-establishing contact with the Skrulls, Fury asked Talos and Soren to impersonate him and Maria Hill on Earth for a while as he took a vacation on the Skrull flagship in space. Fury also gave Talos the E.D.I.T.H. glasses that Stark wanted him to deliver to Parker, and informed Talos of Parker's identity as Spider-Man.[8]

Fury ends his vacation

After the resolution of the Westview Anomaly, Fury sent a Skrull to arrange a meeting with Monica Rambeau.[9] In mid 2024, Fury was contacted by Talos and was informed of Mysterio and how they had been tricked.[8] Realizing that the situation had gotten worse, Fury decided to end his vacation. Turning off his simulation of the beach, Fury told the other Skrulls to get back to work, asking them where his shoes were.[40]


"You know how few people I trust, Coulson."
"You can count them on one hand."
"And I'm not afraid to cut off fingers."
―Nick Fury and Phil Coulson[src]

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 damaged eye. However, while showing Project Insight to Steve Rogers he gives a backstory saying, he lost an eye the last time he trusted someone, insinuating he doesn't trust easily and he is known to compartmentalize. Ironically, Fury lost sight in his left eye over trusting Goose, and not an enemy. His lack of trust in people leads him to the point of even distrusting his own family, as is the case with his mother, whom he asks to call him by the family surname.

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 the Tesseract for weapons as a secondary security option. The latter was kept a 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. Phil Coulson was his closest friend and he seems to trust people like Maria Hill and Steve Rogers. However, he did use Coulson's death 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. Despite being apparently quite a serious person, Fury has displayed a knack for dry humor and use of visual puns whilst regarding his 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".

Fury is a man of great and indomitable will, but he can feel too, as he was shaken with the death of Coulson and was deeply disturbed at seeing Hill fade away due to the Snap. While visiting Tony Stark at Clint Barton's home, Fury told Stark that he cared very much about him. It is also shown that Fury has a soft spot for cats, as shown by his interactions with Goose. Fury was saddened by Stark's death and paid his respects to a fallen friend by attending his funeral.

One thing about Fury for certain is that he prefers everyone that knows him to only call him by his last name, even his family. This allows him to know instantly if there's a spy or imposter around if they call him Nick or Nicholas. Though if its someone who likes to annoy him, it also allows Fury to confirm their identity.


"He could always see five steps ahead, which, for a one-eyed man, is impressive."
"He knew his enemies."
"And for better or worse, he could think like them."
Phil Coulson and Skye[src]
  • Master Tactician: As the former Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fury needed to be able to make multiple very important strategic decisions at once. Fury can 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 is able to elaborate complex strategies and apply them in not just battle, but any other activity as well. Arguably the most important operation in the universe was the Avengers Initiative which was spear headed by Fury despite no one else thinking it would work. Fury has showed foresight by instigating many other operations like 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 had the plan of hiring Georges Batroc to take over the Lemurian Star so that he could send his agents in and get it back from him. This gave Fury a way onto the ship. He was also able to outsmart 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. He also had the plan of sending his Skrull friend, Talos to Earth disguised as him so that he could create a secret project in space.
"Captain, he's the spy. His secrets have secrets."
Tony Stark to Steve Rogers[src]
  • Master Spy:

    Fury using his skills to copy a fingerprint

    Fury is highly skilled in espionage, stealth, disguise, and infiltration, capable of breaching high-security facilities without being detected. When getting locked in a room with Captain Marvel, Fury used tape to get the finger print off the handle and use it to get them out. 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 to 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 is such a great spy that he was able to snuff out HYDRA's infiltration into S.H.I.E.L.D., this prompted Alexander Pierce to have the Winter Soldier attempt an assassination on Fury. After the attack, the world believed that Fury had died and he was so sneaky that only select people still know he's alive. His fake death was even able to get passed Black Widow for a short time before he told her himself. He was able to think of checking the old S.H.I.E.L.D. radars and decipher the codes in order to find Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz in the middle of the ocean. Quentin Beck was even terrified of Fury finding out his plan that he called him the most dangerous man in the world and threatened to shoot his own partner out of fear.
  • Expert Combatant:

    Fury fighting against Talos

    Due to his CIA and army training, Fury is highly trained in the field of martial arts. While fighting against Talos, Fury was able to hold his own momentarily before being defeated due to his opponent's enhanced strength as a Skrull. He was also able to take down two brainwashed S.H.I.E.L.D. agents with ease while on the Helicarrier. However, his fighting technique has slowly faded away as he almost never goes into the field anymore.
  • Expert Marksman:

    Fury shooting at HYDRA soldiers

    Fury is also trained to use U.S. military firearms. He is accomplished in artillery such as a Rocket Launcher to accurately disable an 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.
  • Expert 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.



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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 a covert/military organization, he has access to the most cutting-edge technology S.H.I.E.L.D. has to offer.

Other Equipment

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"You really think Fury would give away all these goodies? You're talking about the same guy who messed around with Tesseract technology and sparked an alien invasion."
John Garrett to Grant Ward[src]
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. Uniform: A uniform made up of Kevlar and a fire-resistant material whose kindling temperature is 1,700 °F (930 °C). The uniform 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.
  • Eye Patch: After getting his eye scratched out by Goose, an alien species known as a Flerken, Fury wore an eyepatch from the ;ate '90s all the way to 2024.
  • 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.
"What is it?"
"Toolbox, to help you build it back up."
Phil Coulson and Nick Fury[src]
  • 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 activating the Mouse Hole to escape

    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 heartbeat at all.
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Former Equipment



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"Fury's private base on North American soil: I had to see it for myself."
Glenn Talbot[src]
  • Providence: Fury used the Providence as one of his secret bases, used as a top secret underground S.H.I.E.L.D. facility.
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. Dam Facility: Being held inside the S.H.I.E.L.D. Dam Facility, Fury recovered from his wounds after an attack. Once Maria Hill took Captain America, Black Widow, and Falcon to the facility, Fury had a talk with them about salvaging what was left of S.H.I.E.L.D. after stopping Project Insight.
  • Barton Homestead: As Tony Stark entered the barn of the Barton Homestead, Fury greeted him and discussed the actions in creating artificial intelligence that can destroy the world. That night of his visit, Fury talked with the Avengers, discussing the Ultron Offensive, and how the Avengers needed to act to achieve victory.
  • Nick Fury's Hideout: To be added






Appearances for Nick Fury
In chronological order:


  • Although most of the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are based on 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 several 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.[41][42]
    • "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."[42]
  • Fury cannot eat toast if it is diagonally cut.[2]
  • Fury has the same birthday as Steve Rogers.

Behind the Scenes


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Iron Man Post-credits Scene
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 Captain Marvel
  3. 3.0 3.1 Iron Man: I Am Iron Man!
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 The Avengers
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  6. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.08: The Things We Bury
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Avengers: Age of Ultron
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Spider-Man: Far From Home
  9. 9.0 9.1 WandaVision 1.09: The Series Finale
  10. Nick Fury's S.H.I.E.L.D. Badge
  11. 'The Marvels' Is In Production With New Set Image From Samuel L. Jackson
  12. 12.0 12.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.17: Turn, Turn, Turn
  13. Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.: 2.17: Melinda
  14. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.04: Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week
  16. The Incredible Hulk: The Fury Files
  17. Iron Man: Security Measures
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Iron Man 2
  19. Iron Man 2: Nick Fury: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  20. Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.20: Nothing Personal
  22. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.07: The Writing on the Wall
  23. Thor Post-credits Scene
  24. Captain America: The First Avenger
  25. 25.0 25.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.11: The Magical Place
  26. 26.0 26.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.14: T.A.H.I.T.I.
  27. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.01: Pilot
  28. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Behind-the-Scenes With the Cast & Crew
  29. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.02: 0-8-4
  30. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.08: The Well
  31. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.15: Yes Men
  32. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.15: One Door Closes
  33. 33.0 33.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.18: Providence
  34. 34.0 34.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.22: Beginning of the End
  35. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.20: Scars
  36. Guidebook to the Marvel Cinematic Universe - Avengers: Age of Ultron
  37. Captain Marvel Prelude
  38. Avengers: Infinity War Post-credits Scene
  39. 39.0 39.1 Avengers: Endgame
  40. Spider-Man: Far From Home Post-credit Scene
  41. Nick Fury's Grave
  42. 42.0 42.1 Pulp Fiction
  43. Marvel: 15 Things You Didn't Know About Nick Fury
Preceded by:
R. Keller
Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Nick Fury
Succeeded by:
Phil Coulson

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