Despite the tremendous amount of love fans have for Nick Fury, and the actor who plays him (Samuel L. Jackson), the character hasn’t been featured too heavily in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as of late. Though he was instrumental in putting the Avengers together, his role has been diminished quite a bit and he hasn’t been seen on screen since Age of Ultron. Speculation continues to mount that he’ll show up either in Infinity War or its currently untitled sequel, but one place that we know he’ll 100% appear is Captain Marvel.
The upcoming Brie Larson-led flick is due in theaters in just over a year now (March of 2019) and as such, we’re starting to learn a little bit more about it. Of course, we already know that it’s set to be an origin story and because of that, it’s going to take place in the 1990s. Which means, among other things, that the version of Nick Fury we see on screen will be quite different to the one we’re familiar with.
In fact, that’s something that Jackson was quick to stress in a recent chat with The A.V. Club. While he wouldn’t spill much, he did imply that the Fury featured in Captain Marvel may be foreign to fans:
“I meet Captain Marvel in more of an origin story. You’ll see Nick Fury, but with another guy’s face, somebody that’s got two eyes, so that’s a whole big deal. You’ll see. It’s prior to the eye injury, no eye patch.”
Though Jackson is clearly choosing his words carefully here, the implication is clear. The Nick Fury we meet in Captain Marvel, the one without an eye patch, will be a very different man. What exactly that means, we don’t know, but again, we imagine he’ll be a far cry from the guy we’re used to seeing and we can’t wait to find out what the studio has cooked up for the fan favorite character.
In regards to what we else can expect from the flick, well, apparently we’ll get to return to the Quantum Realm, which was first introduced back in Ant-Man, and gain “a better understanding of Carol Danvers and her place in the MCU.” Beyond that though, details on the film are scarce and we don’t expect to learn anything more for quite a while – given how packed the studio’s upcoming slate is.
Captain Marvel graces theatres on March 8th, 2019. There’s a good chance we’ll see Brie Larson take flight as Carol Danvers shortly before, too – not unlike Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther made his debut via Civil War – what with rumors claiming the Oscar winner will crop up in Infinity War. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo have denied that, mind you, but when it comes to this kind of stuff, you never really know, right?