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"And you sir? Where are you heading now?"
"Well, 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."
Melinda May, Nick Fury and Phil Coulson[src]

Colonel Nicholas "Nick" Joseph Fury was a former officer of the United States Army and an espionage veteran of the CIA during the Cold War. He joined S.H.I.E.L.D., a covert international peacekeeping organization which operates as humanity's first line of defense against Earth's most dangerous enemies. He quickly impressed S.H.I.E.L.D.'s higher-ups and was promoted to the position of Director, becoming the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. He led S.H.I.E.L.D. for years, spearheading the Avengers Initiative, Project T.A.H.I.T.I., Project Insight, and other operations.

Preceding the HYDRA Uprising in 2014, an assassination attempt was made on his life. Fury survived but elected to remain officially dead, telling only a select few that he was still alive. After the attack on the Triskelion, he went deep underground to begin rooting out the forces of HYDRA. As a part of this mission, he joined Phil Coulson and helped him and his team defeat John Garrett. Afterwards, he made Coulson the new Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and left to continue his mission. He helped the Avengers defeat Ultron in the Battle of Sokovia and later assisted them in the New Avengers Facility.

Fury died along with Maria Hill and fifty percent of the universe after Thanos invaded Earth and completed the Infinity Gauntlet. Shortly before his death, Fury sent a distress call with the pager showing the symbol of Captain Marvel.

Biography

Early life

Military Actions

In his youth, Nick Fury joined the United States Army, obtaining the rank of Colonel before leaving the military. By the 1970s, Fury had a lot of action in Soviet territory. He was responsible for deporting Vinorovsky when he tried to sell bad information during the Cold War.

Some months later, Fury partook in a fake mission to uncover a mole inside the CIA. Partnered with Escobar they were sent on a mission to Budapest to meet Comrade Verliecki. While there he encountered Vinorovsky who attempted to attack him in the nightclub; unable to beat him, Vinorovsky sent Soviet forces after Fury. On their way, Fury explained to Escobar their mission: their contact would hand them dossiers of 12 undercover CIA operatives in Soviet Union.

Inside Verliecki's apartment, Fury pretended to fight with and knock out Verliecki. Suddenly, Escobar revealed his true colors and pointed his gun at Fury, ordering him to hand over the case. He told Fury to not take it personally, as it had nothing to do with him, but for the end of the Cold War. Fury attacked and defeated him, and then Verliecki knocked Escobar out.

Verliecki told Fury that he filled it with cigars for him, as it been a long time since they sparred. Verliecki asked Fury if he was okay, and Fury simply replied that he could not hurt him if he tried; Verliecki said that he tried. The Soviet authorities found Escobar tied to a chair with a fake CIA ID identifying him as Nick Fury, framing him of Fury's previous actions in Soviet territory.

Fury left and called Timothy Dugan who asked Escobar's status; Fury stated that he flipped. With the mole gone, Dugan stated that it was time to celebrate. Fury told him not to start without him, as he was bringing cigars. [2]

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

"One thing I know for sure: Nobody is better suited to protect this world than me and my people."
―Nick Fury to the World Security Council[src]
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Fury is honored by Alexander Pierce

Fury's extraordinary military and espionage skills won him the invitation to join the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, an international peacekeeping organization led by Alexander Pierce, during the 1980s. For many years, Fury served as one of the agency's best agents, eventually becoming Deputy Chief of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Bogotá Station. When Colombian National Libertation Army rebels took several political officers hostage, including Pierce's daughter, from the Embassy there, Fury proposed a plan to get the hostages out, but Pierce insisted to negotiate with the rebels. However, he disobeyed Pierce's orders and got the hostages out.[3] For his actions, Fury was promoted to director when Pierce gave up his position to become a member of the World Security Council.[4]

As Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fury searched for various mysterious and dangerous artifacts, such as the Darkhold, a book that was said to contain infinite knowledge and also being searched for by HYDRA, leading Fury to be afraid of what the book's power could do in wrong hands.[5] After putting his trust in someone, Fury was injured in his left eye, and took to wearing an eye patch over his blind eye.[3] Fury also oversaw the training of agents Phil Coulson and John Garrett as their Supervising Officer.[6]

Fury found the most talented archer in the world, Clint Barton, who had never missed. Fury hired Barton into S.H.I.E.L.D. when Barton was young and helped him set up a safe house where he could live with his wife, Laura[7]. In 1998, Fury sent Barton on a mission to eliminate a young Russian assassin codenamed Black Widow. Barton found her, but instead of killing her, he admitted her to S.H.I.E.L.D. The two then began a long partnership codenamed STRIKE Team: Delta.[8]

Avengers Initiative

While S.H.I.E.L.D. was devoting a majority of its resources into the building of the Triskelion, Fury used finances to observe individuals who possibly had superpowers, sending agents to investigate these individuals and have them placed on the Index for later encounters. This Index was used as the basses for Fury's "Avengers Initiative".[9]

Meeting Bruce Banner

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Fury talking to Bruce Banner

"Our mission was... is to find ourselves a super-soldier. Whatever that force of nature was back at the bar clearly wasn't it. So until we find what we're looking for everything else, including Banner, is secondary. It's Thunderbolt Ross' shitstorm to deal with. Do I make myself clear?"
―Nick Fury[src]

In 2008, Fury went to find Bruce Banner and learn what Thaddeus Ross' "Super-Soldier Program" did to him. He tried to earn Banner's trust by buying him a beer, but Banner refused, describing himself as "sort of a mean drunk." Fury continued to try to earn his trust, eventually deciding to do so with a ruse. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents named Johnson and Peterson were instructed by Fury to act as if they were in a relationship. Johnson then pretended to cheat on Peterson with Banner, something that made Banner confused and gave Peterson reason to attack the man who was stealing his "girlfriend". Fury then acted as if he was going to help Banner, but Peterson unintentionally punched Banner in the face.[10]

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Fury updates S.H.I.E.L.D. on the Hulk

This turned Banner into the Hulk and he went on a rampage. Fury attempted to calm him down, but Hulk yelled at him, causing nearly all the glass in the room to shatter. Fury kept a straight face and did not move at all. Hulk then ran out through the wall. Two days later, Fury called a meeting for S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives, including Phil Coulson. He told them that the Hulk was only a secondary matter.[11]

The Birth of Iron Man

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Fury introduces himself to 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[12], Fury and Agent Phil Coulson met to discuss the possibility of Stark revealing sensitive information to the Ten Rings during his kidnapping. Fury decided to send Coulson to talk with Obadiah Stane about the possibility.[13]

Three months later, when Stark broke free from a cave in Afghanistan, Jasper Sitwell informed Fury about some sort of aircraft in the Kunar province with high energy signals.[14] After Stark was rescued from the desert and returned home, Fury speculated with Coulson about whether Stark was brainwashed by the Ten Rings, or if he had been sent home to get equipment to build his captors weapons of his own free will. To put their suspicions to rest, Fury sent Coulson to schedule a debriefing for Stark. A few days later, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s satellites detected something that looked like an unmanned aerial vehicle. When Fury and Coulson saw the footage of the "vehicle's" flight through the streets of Los Angeles, Fury realized the "vehicle" was actually Stark in a flying armored suit. To be sure, S.H.I.E.L.D. hacked Stark's computers and found confirmation that Stark was working on the development of the armored suit.[13]

Later, when Stark was in Gulmira, Fury asked Sitwell how similar these signals were to the previous one; Sitwell replied that it was both stronger and faster than last time. When Fury asked Sitwell to contact Edwards Air Force Base to call the F-22 Raptors off, he replied that they already had attempted radio contact but were not successful.[14] Going to Gulmira with Coulson, Fury found evidence of Stark, in a repainted armor, destroying the Ten Rings' piles of weapons. Back at S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters, Coulson and Fury saw that Stark had been chased by two F-22 Raptors and, when one plane went down and Stark risked his life to save the pilot, Fury finally realized that he was wrong. He then ordered Coulson to check Stane's activities with Stark's financials, which revealed that it was Stane who had been dealing with the terrorists.[13]

Fury went to Tony Stark's Mansion in Malibu, California to talk to Tony Stark about the Avengers Initiative, as Stark had publicly announced his identity as Iron Man.[15] Stark initially did not want anything to do with Fury, and ordered him to leave. As Fury drove away, he ordered Coulson to contact Agent Natasha Romanoff, saying that they would need her help.[14] To closely monitor Stark, he personally ordered Romanoff to infiltrate Stark Industries under the guise of Natalie Rushman.[16]

Project T.A.H.I.T.I.

"Good morning Director Fury, I regret to inform you that I’m handing in my resignation. I know you brought me on to Project T.A.H.I.T.I. because you trusted my judgment, and it’s that judgment that’s telling me I can no longer, in my good conscience, let the testing continue."
Phil Coulson in a video message[src]

Fearing the death of a member of the Avengers Initiative, Fury selected Agent Coulson to be the head of Project T.A.H.I.T.I., a project with the goal of reviving subjects from the dead. With a new drug made from the bodily fluids of a deceased extraterrestrial, the S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists attempted to cure a group of terminally ill people. The initial tests were partially successful, but later the experiments went horribly wrong, causing the test subjects to mentally deteriorate. Finally, Phil Coulson recommended the shutdown of the project. However, Fury secretly decided to continue with the project.[17][18]

Busy Week

New Troubles

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Fury talks with the World Security Council.

"We keep doing what we're doing and tell them that we're doing what they want us to be doing."
"How?"
"Hell, I dunno. Get creative. Cook the books. Whatever it takes to let us do this job right."
―Nick Fury and Phil Coulson[src]

Soon, Fury led an expedition to Greenland in hopes of finding Steve Rogers, the American war hero from World War II. Fury did not find Rogers, but he found one of the disabled flying bombs from HYDRA's super bomber, the Valkyrie. He wanted to continue the search but the World Security Council ordered his team to shut down the operation and return to New York's S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters. Twelve hours later, the Council ordered Fury to stop wasting time on "wasteful programs" and focus on reigniting the Tesseract, naming that operation "Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S.". Despite the direct order, Fury decided to continue with his usual activities.[19]

When the Council officially approved the activation of the Avengers Initiative, they ordered Fury to recruit Emil Blonsky. Unhappy with the Council's order, Fury put Agent Phil Coulson on the case, who in turn scuttled the plan of recruiting Blonsky by sending Tony Stark as an intermediary instead.[20] Shortly after Stark's out-of-control behavior resulted in the Mark II Iron Man armor falling into the hands of the United States Air Force, Fury was informed by Coulson about the Wormhole appearing near the planet. Fury immediately sent Coulson to New Mexico to make contact with Erik Selvig and Jane Foster.[21]

Helping Tony Stark

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Director Fury locates the hungover Tony Stark

"What do we want from you? What do you want from me? 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]

Shortly afterwards, Fury had learned that Iron Man was suffering from palladium poisoning due to the Arc Reactor in his chest which kept shrapnel away from his heart,[22] and had just been involved in a very public fight with James Rhodes at Tony Stark's Mansion, and during which much of the mansion had been destroyed and Rhodes had stolen one of the suits and then handed it over to the United States Air Force for their own study and use for military purposes. Fury then personally confronted the hungover and still suited Tony Stark at a Randy's Donuts for becoming a problem that he had to solve.

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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 insisted he do everything himself before sarcastically asking how that was working out for Stark so far. While Stark questioned whether or not to look into Fury's eye or his eye patch and questioned if he was even real, Fury turned his attention onto the Palladium poisoning on Stark's neck. They were then joined by Natasha Romanoff while Fury revealed he had put his Black Widow agent undercover within Stark Industries to keep an eye on Stark's behaviour, as Stark attempted to fire Romanoff although she said he could not make that decision.

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Fury and Black Widow confronting Iron Man

Fury began listing off everything that Stark had recently done which had alarmed them, including making Pepper Potts the CEO of his company, selling his possessions and allowing Rhodes to steal of of his Iron Man Armors, although Stark claimed that Rhodes had stolen it, which Fury simply mocked him for. Stark then questioned what Fury wanted, which annoyed Fury even more as he told him that he had bigger issues to deal with around the world than Stark.

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Fury commenting on Tony Stark's recovery

Following Fury's orders, Romanoff then provided Stark with a shot which eased back Stark's infection, although it did not fully cure it. When Stark insisted that there was no cure and that he had looked for every single known element to replace his Palladium Arc Reactor and simply found nothing, however Fury informed Stark there was indeed a way to cure his infection, he just had not found it yet and promised S.H.I.E.L.D. would help him find what he needed.[23]

Discussing Howard Stark

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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 miniaturised it and put it in my..."
"No, Howard said the Arc Reactor was a stepping stone for something greater, he was about to kick off an energy race that was gonna dwarf the arms race. He was onto something big."
―Nick Fury and Tony Stark[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 and miniaturised it and put it in his chest. Fury however explained that Howard Stark believed the Arc Reactor was merely a stepping stone to something greater, as it would begin an incredible energy race across the world.

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Fury tells Stark about all of his father's work

Fury then began providing information onto the background of Anton Vanko, the father of Ivan Vanko, who had recently attempted to kill Stark, before he revealed that Stark's father Howard was in fact one of the founding members of S.H.I.E.L.D., which had 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.

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Fury leaves Tony Stark to continue his work

Fury left Agent Phil Coulson at Stark's home with orders not to allow Stark to leave until he had found a cure for his infection. Fury told Stark that he would be keeping his eye on him before leaving.[23] As things in New Mexico became more complicated with the discovery of the mysterious Mjølnir, Fury also sent Agent Clint Barton to join Coulson at the site. He also assigned Agent Romanoff to keep track of the fugitive Bruce Banner who was at Culver University.[22]

Recruiting a Consultant

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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 had met with Tony Stark once again after Stark had successfully managed to fix his Arc Reactor and had gone on to defeat Whiplash during the attack on the Stark Expo. Once Fury arrived, he had found Stark looking over a brief for the Avengers Initiative which he then claimed he did not want Stark to read, instead handing him Natasha Romanoff's assessment of Stark himself during her undercover mission with Stark.

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Fury and Tony Stark discuss his review

Reading the assessment in which Romanoff claimed he contained compulsive behaviour and self destructive tendencies, with text book narcism. However while Iron Man had been approved by Romanoff to join the Avengers, since Stark had proven himself unsuitable for the Avengers due to all of his recent actions, he was rejected, with Fury instead considering recruiting James Rhodes to the position, as Fury instead offered to recruit Stark's services only as a consultant.

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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 Senator Stern to present him and Rhodes with the medals for all their bravery in defeating Whiplash, which Fury agreed to.[23] Romanoff then gave Fury report on Bruce Banner's transformation into the Hulk and his successful fight against Emil Blonsky.

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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,[24] while Fury had learned how General Thaddeus Ross hacked S.H.I.E.L.D.'s computers, having been given permission by the World Security Council. Fury ordered Romanoff to meet Samuel Sterns to take any papers on Banner, as Romanoff took Sterns into custody, having shot him through the leg having also witnessed Sterns' incomplete transformation.[25]

End of the Week

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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, Dr. 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, New Mexico. Impressed by the work he had seen and the discovers that had been made, Fury had summoned Culver University astrophysics professor Erik Selvig, who had been been associated with all the recent incidents, to the Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility, greeting him in a hallway.

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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.

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Fury decides to show Erik Selvig the Tesseract

Fury revealed a glowing cube within the case and suggested that it was a source of immense power, although nobody had been able to determine how to tap all the power. Selvig accepted the challenge to investigate the object further.[26] 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.[27]

Awakening of Captain Rogers

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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 "superhero", who had been frozen in the Arctic ever since his battle against the Red Skull all the way back during World War II, and he had someone managed to miraculously survive his frozen entombment for almost seventy years.[28]

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Fury explains the situation to Steve Rogers

Fury oversaw Rogers' recovery and rehabilitation as he was placed in the S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters within Times Square until he awoke. Fury then personally intercepted Rogers when the man awoke and escaped into the heart of New York City, since he had become utterly confused about his surroundings as he had no knowledge of what had transpired in the world since the 1940s and was shocked to see the world around him and the advancements in technology.

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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.[29]

Chitauri Invasion

Loki's Invasion of Earth

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Fury alongside Phil Coulson and Maria Hill

"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 in bringing the Avengers together, Fury shelved his plan and had begun focusing on weaponry instead. Fury's Phase 2, as the offshoot idea came to be called, involved re-engineering weapons technology that had emerged in the hands of HYDRA years earlier during World War II, as well as other cutting edge, or alien technology. The Tesseract, which he had assigned Erik Selvig to investigate, formed a significant part of this puzzle which Fury kept a close eye on throughout Selvig's experiments.

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Fury studies the Tesseract's unusual activity

When the Tesseract began emitting unexpected levels of Gamma Radiation, Fury was quick to personally take charge of the operation. He arrived at the Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. base with Maria Hill; there they met Phil Coulson. Fury ordered the evacuation of the base and all Phase 2 prototypes to be moved to a safe distance. Fury ordered updates from Selvig and Clint Barton, who had been stationed at the base to keep an eye on the experiments, learning that the Tesseract's activities were unexplainable at this point, although 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.

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Fury desperately attempts to reason with Loki

The emissions proved to be a prelude to the appearance of Loki on Earth. Fury initially tried to reason with Loki, but Loki responded by killing many staff in the laboratory with his Scepter and putting Clint Barton and Erik Selvig under mind-control, leaving Fury defenseless. When Fury tried to escape with the Tesseract, Loki ordered him to stop before introducing himself. When they discovered that Fury was only stalling them while he waiting for the building to implode and kill them all, Loki had Barton shoot him in the chest.

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Fury furiously shooting at the escaping Loki

Fury survived due to wearing a Bulletproof Vest and quickly made his escape, ordering Maria Hill to stop Loki and Barton escaping with the Tesseract. Fury made it to the helicopter just as the facility imploded and managed to get ahead of Barton's Jeep. While Phil Coulson was able to escape with many of the staff, Hill became trapped underneath the rubble but survived. Fury shot at Loki from the Helicopter but was quickly shot down with a powerful blast from Loki's Scepter. He survived the crash and continued to fire at Loki until he ran out of bullets, at which point he informed Coulson and Hill that their mission was a level seven and they were now at war.[8]

Activating the Avengers

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Fury argues with Gideon Malick about his plan

"You’re dealing with forces you can’t control."
"You ever been in a war, Councilman? In a firefight? Did you feel an overabundance of control?"
Gideon Malick and Nick Fury[src]

Desperate for a solution to the problem of Loki's possession of apparently limitless power, Fury went to the World Security Council and informed them that he was reactivating the Avengers Initiative. As they discussed what had happened, Hawley suggested called Thor but Fury made it clear that was unlikely while Gideon Malick argued that the Avengers were too unstable to make a team that could be relied upon, but Fury insisted that this war would be won with his soldiers.

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Fury recruits Steve Rogers into the Avengers

Ignoring Malick's concerns, Fury met with Steve Rogers in a gym, where he was still trying to cope with having been asleep for nearly seventy years. After briefly discussing the end of World War II, Fury explained the situation to Rogers, hoping that he would be able to provide him with some insight into the Tesseract after seeing the Red Skull use it, 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 Tony Stark and Doctor Bruce Banner.

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Fury takes command of the Helicarrier

All the key Avengers candidates were collected and brought onto the Helicarrier by Natasha Romanoff and Phil Coulson, who gave each of them a full briefing about Loki and their plan to stop him. When they all arrived on the Helicarrier, were introduced to one another and brought safely inside the main control room, Fury ordered that the ship be launched into the air and then vanish as Maria Hill relayed his orders to the crew. Seeing the incredible sight allowed Rogers to quietly hand Fury ten dollars to complete a bet they had made about whether or not Rogers could be surprised by anything new since fighting HYDRA and waking up in the modern era.

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Fury 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. Feeling more confident, Banner suggested that they begin scanning for Gamma Radiation to locate the Tesseract while Fury had Romanoff show him to his laboratory where he began focusing his efforts on searching the globe and getting help from labs around the world to find Loki and Erik Selvig quickly.

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Fury sends Captain America to capture Loki

Not long after the team came together, Loki made his first public appearance in Germany, so Fury sent Rogers to capture him with a Quinjet. Loki was apprehended by the combined strength of Rogers and Stark, heralding an unexpected further addition to the collection of extraordinary people when Loki's brother Thor arrived, making demands of his own for Loki's extradition. Although a fight between Thor and Iron Man occurred, Captain America was able to end it and they were able to recruit Thor. [8]

Attack on the Helicarrier

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Fury interrogates the captured Loki.

"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 now locked up on board the Helicarrier, Fury spoke to him, threatening that if he made any attempt to escape then his cell would be dropped off the ship and fall thirty thousand feet to the ground. However Loki appeared to remain confident and mocked the Avengers throughout the interrogation, despite Fury making it clear that he no longer had any power, mocking him as he walked away and left him alone.

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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 agent Phil Coulson. Fury asked Thor if he felt he could learn what Loki's plans were but Thor remained uncertain, as 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 his past. When Thor questioned what possible risk Loki could be now he was their prisoner, Fury raised his concerns about Loki's seeming over confidence and noted that he seemed glad to be on the ship.

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

As Fury sent Natasha Romanoff to personally interrogate Loki and hopefully trick him into giving away his plans while she seemingly tried to bargain for Clint Barton's life, Fury was unaware of the rising tensions between the Avengers across the ship as they continued to search for the Tesseract across the world. Fury finally became aware of this as he stood in the control room and saw a warning that the ship was being hacked, allowing someone to access S.H.I.E.L.D.'s top secret documents, and Fury had no doubt about which genius rogue was to blame to then went to discover the culprit.

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Fury argues with the Avengers over secrets

When Romanoff informed Fury that Loki was planning on using mind games to make Bruce Banner transform into the Hulk and destroy the Helicarrier, Fury went to retrieve Banner and take him off the ship. When he arrived he could do little to quell the rising tensions in a ship now packed with egos, and problems only escalated when some of these people uncovered his deceptions surrounding the Phase 2 project. As the argument boiled over Banner, suffering from all Loki's mind manipulation, picked up Loki's Scepter. Banner was distracted when his computer revealed the location of the Tesseract.

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Fury is attacked by Hawkeye's soldiers

Before Banner could inform Fury and the others of the Tesseract's location, Loki played his hand, and Fury and the others were caught completely 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 the propellers destroyed, Fury ordered the Avengers to assemble while he returned to his post on the bridge to take command of the situation and was instrumental in warding off an assault there and ensuring Hawkeye did not gain control of the ship and drop it out of the sky.

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Fury defends the Helicarrier's control room

He engaged in a gun fight alongside Maria Hill, keeping Hawkeye and his soldiers away. Fury ordered the Helicarrier to be moved over water to ensure if it crashed it would not kill innocent civilians, he then ordered Stark and Rogers to repair the propeller and keep the ship in the air while ordering Thor to battle against the Hulk who was destroying the ship from the inside. Knowing that Barton was running the attack, Fury sent Romanoff to engage him while also ordering a fighter jet to fire at the Hulk in order to force him to escape the ship, which resulted in the Hulk furiously destroying the jet.

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Fury watches Phil Coulson die

In the aftermath of the battle, Thor and Hulk had both been thrown off the Helicarrier, while Hawkeye had been captured in the aftermath of a fight with Romanoff, during which Loki had escaped. Fury found Agent Phil Coulson severely wounded by Loki's hand, having been stabbed through the chest while he was trying to stop him using the Destroyer Armor Prototype Gun. Despite all Fury's efforts to keep Coulson alive, Coulson's wounds were fatal, and Coulson died just as a medical team arrived at the scene. Fury informed all the other agents and the Avengers of Coulson's sudden death.

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Fury discusses the Avengers Initiative

Fury called a meeting with the last of the Avengers left on board the Helicarrier, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, and explained his reasons for forming the team in the first place. Fury then showed Rogers all of Coulson's trading cards, which were stained with Coulson's blood, reminding him that Coulson had never had a chance to get his hero to sign them as he had asked. As Fury explained that he had wanted to believe in heroes as he had designed the Avengers Initiative to bring together remarkable people to save the world, he accepted that the team seemed broken and Stark got up and left the room.

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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.[8]

Battle of New York

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Fury argues with the World Security Council

"Director Fury, the council has made a decision."
"I recognize the council has made a decision, but given that it's a stupid-ass decision, I've elected to ignore it."
Hawley and Nick Fury[src]

The Avengers Initiative may have finally come to fruition, and the team began battling Loki's invading army in the middle of New York, but Fury's role in their battle was not yet done. The World Security Council issued orders to send a nuclear missile into the vicinity of Manhattan, which Fury refused, stating that he would not ordered the deaths of millions despite Gideon Malick's instance that they would lose everything in this war if they did not fire upon the invading force.

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Fury shoots down one of his own planes.

The Council choose instead to take away Fury's command, 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 to the launchpad in a 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 he was unable to stop as it flew towards New York City while Fury looked on helplessly as he quickly made a new plan.

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Fury watches Iron Man's 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 flew through the Wormhole and destroyed the alien mothership, killing all of the invading aliens. Stark barely survived the fall back to Earth but was caught and saved by the Hulk. They looked across the city and determined they had won the war as they captured the bruised and beaten Loki once again.

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Fury debriefs the World Security Council

The Avengers Initiative ultimately won the war. Fury's defiance of the World Security Council may not have been forgotten, but his methods and actions had saved the world. Fury updated the Council on the whereabouts of the Tesseract, which had been taken back to Asgard by Thor, despite the skeptical Gideon Malick insisting that this was not Fury's decision to make. When the council asked the whereabouts of the Avengers, he told them that they were no longer being tracked as they had successfully made it clear to every world that they were dangerous and there to protect Earth.

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Fury reassures Maria Hill about the Avengers

As Fury walked across the Helicarrier's control room and overlooked the skyline, he was questioned by Maria Hill about what they would do if the world came under threat again, as now the team had gone their separate ways, with some travelling to the other end of the universe. Fury however resolved to call upon the Avengers should they be needed again, and made further assurances that they would come, why Hill asked him why he was so sure of this, he told her it would be that they would need them to.[8]

Aftermath of the Invasion

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Fury watches Phil Coulson's recovery

"Really? Really, Coulson? Six days? It only took you six days to take a completely renovated piece of state-of-the-art machinery and turn it into scrap?"
"My team acted with my authority."
―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.[30][31] Fury chose to hide the truth about Coulson's survival from the Avengers, classifying the information to those with Level 7 clearance or above.[8][32][31] 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.[17]

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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 Phil Coulson to build a team to prevent this.[33] However, the true builder of Coulson's Team was Melinda May; upon orders from Fury, she covertly chose the members for very specific reasons pertaining to Coulson's resurrection. Fury also wanted May to keep him updated on Coulson and his signs of mental deterioration.[34]

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Fury overlooks the damage done to the Bus

Following Coulson's mission in Peru, Fury was furious at Coulson as his plane, the Bus, was heavily damaged. He also warned him that the new recruit in his team, Skye, was a risk as she had previously been a member of the Rising Tide. As Fury left he told Coulson not to allow Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz to install their fish tank onto the plane.[35] 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".[36]

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Fury warning Coulson of the risk Skye poses.

According to Agent Victoria Hand, when Coulson got abducted by the Centipede Project and tortured for several days by Edison Po, both Director Nick Fury and Commander Maria Hill wanted constant updates on the situation of the rescue mission coordinated by Agent Hand and the other members of Coulson's Team. Agent Hand later informed Coulson that director Fury was very relieved after hearing of Coulson's successful rescue mission.[30] A few weeks later, Agent May used a secure phone line on the Bus to call Nick Fury and tell him that Coulson knew the truth about his resurrection.[37]

HYDRA Uprising

Project Insight

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

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Fury tells 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 to protect himself, telling Rogers that while his grandfather liked people he did not trust them and now they had guns somewhat bigger than what his grandfather's had.

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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, noting how this meant that people were being killed before they had a chance to commit a crime, something that could be highly dangerous. Fury responded that soldiers like Rogers in World War II were involved in various war crimes too but Rogers refused to budge on his stance.

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Fury begins doubting Project Insight

As Fury returned to his office and prepared to look into the files that Natasha Romanoff had gathered from the Lemurian Star, he found that he did not have clearance for the files. This confused Fury as there were very few to no documents which he was not cleared to access, this raised his suspicions that Project Insight could be a risk. Fury went into the elevator and prepared to speak to the only other man who could have access to the blocked file.

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Fury has a meeting with Alexander Pierce

Fury found Alexander Pierce speaking to the World Security Council about the Hijacking and Retaking of the Lemurian Star, defending Fury's actions involving the mission and discussing Georges Batroc. Fury pulled Pierce out of the meeting and asked Secretary Pierce to delay Project Insight's launch, hesitant of the possible dangers of Project Insight to the world, Pierce was incredibly reluctant as he knew the amount of work which would go into such an action but Fury insisted that it would be worthwhile. Pierce agreed with one condition, that Fury have Iron Man visit his niece's birthday party, Fury agreed and the pair shook hands and departed.[3]

Attack on Nick Fury

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Fury gives new 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 giving her three hours to arrive, which she did not question. As Fury continued driving, he encountered two police officers who appeared to be watching him, so Fury insulted the pair, assuming that they were simply being racist and rude towards him.

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Fury defending himself against HYDRA

Before he could react a group of HYDRA agents disguised as cops attacked Fury while he was driving, slamming into his car and using an Electronic Battering Ram to try and get through the car's armor. Despite a broken arm, Fury was able to use his car's defence mechanisms to fight back against the assassins, using a machine gun against them before driving away. During a prolonged car chase, Fury continued to fight and outwit his attackers while driving.

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Fury is nearly killed by the Winter Soldier

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

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Fury in Steve Rogers' apartment

Fury retreated to Steve Rogers' apartment and sat waiting in the darkness while listening to music. When Rogers arrived after speaking to his neighbor, Fury greeted him and showed him his injuries to express the seriousness of the situation while using coded messages to try and communicate the situation to him, as he knew that his apartment was bugged, claiming that he had been thrown out of his house by his wife, who very few people knew about.

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Fury is seemingly killed by the Winter Soldier

However, the Winter Soldier followed Fury there and fired two sniper round through the wall and into his chest, mortally wounding him. As Fury struggled for breath he gave Rogers the hard drive and told him not to trust anyone. Sharon Carter arrived and treated Fury's wounds while Rogers chased the Winter Soldier. Rogers was unable to capture the assassin and Fury was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. His body was then taken by Hill.[3]

Fighting Back

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Fury is officially announced as deceased

"Well... Looks like you're giving the orders now, Captain."
―Nick Fury to 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.

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Fury greets his team during his recovery

Fury told the group that they needed to destroy Project Insight and save S.H.I.E.L.D., but Rogers insisted that he intended to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. entirely, pointing out that Fury's compartmentalization and secrecy was what allowed HYDRA to infiltrate the organization, as well as create the Winter Soldier. Although Fury told him that he had not known about the Winter Soldier, Captain America pointed out that he probably would not have told him even if he had. Realizing that Romanoff, Wilson and Hill agreed with Rogers, he agreed to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D.

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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 Alexander Pierce.[3] Before returning to the the Triskelion, Fury ordered Agents Bobbi Morse and Isabelle Hartley to rescue Robert Gonzales in the Iliad. He also ordered Morse to destroy the ship in order to avoid HYDRA from obtaining a Monolith of extraterrestrial origin.[38]

Battle at the Triskelion

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Fury arrives at 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 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. together to fight HYDRA while Black Widow used the Photostatic Veil to disguise herself as Councilwoman Hawley of the World Security Council to get the Project Insight's leader. Once Romanoff was able to capture Alexander Pierce, Fury arrived and confronted his former friend.

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Fury confronts Alexander Pierce

While Pierce joked about having sent flowers to Fury's funeral, he attempted to justify his actions of attempting to assassinate him and cause mass-genocide to Fury by comparing Project Insight to what Fury did in Bogotá, not waiting for orders but doing what needed to be done. Fury asked why Pierce made him Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Pierce explained that it was because he felt Fury was the best at what he did as well as being the most ruthless person he'd ever met.

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Fury uploads HYDRA's secrets online

Fury and Romanoff explained that they intended to release all of S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA's files onto the internet, exposing Pierce as a traitor, However Pierce remained confident as he had ensured that Fury's clearance had already been wiped from the system, but Fury explained that to stay ahead of him, he needed to keep both eyes open. Fury then used his blind eye, which Pierce had forgotten to delete from the retina scan, to unlock the system.

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Fury shoots and kills Alexander Pierce

When Pierce attempted to turn the tables on his situation, killing all the members of the World Security Council and trying to take Romanoff hostage, Fury was left with no choice but to surrender to save his friend's life. However when Romanoff used a Taser Disk to disable the miniature bomb attached to her, Fury used the opportunity to shoot Pierce twice in the chest, killing him and leaving his body behind as he helped Romanoff get back to her feet.

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Fury pilots a helicopter away from the battle

Fury and Romanoff escaped in a helicopter and witnessed Captain America successfully complete their mission, destroying all of the Helicarriers while battling the Winter Soldier. As Fury flew the Helicopter, one of the Project Insight Helicarriers crashed into the side of the Triskelion, causing Sam Wilson to run for his life until he leaped from the window and barely managed to land inside the helicopter due to Fury's exceptional piloting skills.

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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, replacing his eyepatch with a pair of sunglasses along with wardrobe change to blend into a crowd.[3] Only a select few others were given knowledge of his survival including Eric Koenig and Phil Coulson.[39]

Departing

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Fury talks to Steve Rogers before leaving

"Anyone asks for me, tell them they can find me right here."
―Nick Fury to Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson[src]

Fury went to his fake gravesite to talk to Captain America, Falcon, and Black Widow before he went into hiding. Fury left for Europe, intending to seek out and destroy the remaining HYDRA cells. He asked if Falcon would like to join him, but Falcon refused, saying that he was a soldier, not a spy. As they shook hands, Fury reminded them not to tell anyone of his survival.[3]

Fury later guided Agent Phil Coulson to a secure S.H.I.E.L.D. base in the Canadian wilderness, using Coulson's S.H.I.E.L.D. badge to send the base's coordinates. Coulson took a leap of faith in assuming that Fury and not HYDRA had sent the coordinates. Once at Providence, Agent Eric Koenig assured Coulson that Fury was alive, but that only they, Hill, and a few of the Avengers were aware of this. Koenig instructed Coulson to keep it secret from his team for the time being, as Koenig had yet to vet them to his satisfaction.[39]

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 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 recovered the video in Coulson's grave.[17]

Battle at Cybertek

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Fury rescues Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz

"Right now, we owe Garrett a punch in the teeth wouldn't you say? This packs a pretty good punch."
"I know what it does."
―Nick Fury and Phil Coulson[src]

On his way to Europe, Fury received a weak distress call which led him to Agents Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz, who were stranded in the ocean. He managed to rescue both of them, although Fitz suffered brain damage from the ordeal. When Simmons awoke while being treated however, she was able to provide him with the information he needed to find Phil Coulson. Fury headed to the Cybertek Manufacturing Facility where Coulson was involved with a fight against HYDRA.

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Fury gives Coulson the Destroyer gun

Fury managed to locate Coulson in a fierce battle against the rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agent John Garrett, who had gained super strength, as Coulson crawled for cover he found Fury waiting for him, joking about his current appearance since going underground. Although Coulson was furious about being kept in the dark about Project T.A.H.I.T.I., they agreed it was best to focus on defeating Garrett, so Fury supplied Coulson with the Destroyer gun. Together they fought the HYDRA traitor Garrett, who had become extremely powerful due to being injected with the GH.325 serum.

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Fury and 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.[40]

A New Foundation

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

"How should I proceed?"
"That's up to you... Director."
Phil Coulson and Nick Fury[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.

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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.[40]

Ultron Offensive

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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, his creation immediately turned against humanity and declared war with mankind. The Avengers battled Ultron and the Maximoff twins whom Ultron had recruited; however the battle left almost all the Earth's Mightest Heroes wounded both physically and mentally.

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Fury offers advice to Tony Stark

The team traveled to Clint Barton's Homestead where Fury was waiting. Fury spoke to Stark in private and tried to get his mind back on track after Wanda Maximoff had used her powers to make Stark see visions of a terrible future in which the Avengers had been killed. When Stark claimed that he would be responsible for the deaths of his friends, Fury reminded him that he did not invent the concept of hate and war, but he could fight against them.

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Fury gives a 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.

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Fury leaves the Avengers to fight Ultron

Eventually Bruce Banner worked out the Ultron's next more would be to force Helen Cho to build him a new body out of Vibranium and the Scepter, one that if he was able to use, he would be too powerful to stop, so they got ready to investigate in Seoul. As the team prepared for their next battle with Ultron, Fury spoke to Stark and requested Maria Hill's assistance with the next stage in his plan to help the Avengers, which he accepted without any hesitation.[7]

Battle of Sokovia

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Fury leads an attack against Ultron

"Sir, we have multiple bogies 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 the records for emergency use only. With Coulson's[41] and Maria Hill's help, Fury gathered together a team of former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and took possession of the Helicarrier. While the Avengers continued their battle with Ultron's army, Fury arrived in the Helicarrier and used the Transporters to take the civilians to safety; he sent War Machine into the battle to fight the army of Ultron robots.

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Fury destroys one 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

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Fury speaks to Natasha Romanoff

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

Fury later arrived at the New Avengers Facility in upstate New York and told Natasha Romanoff the last known location of the Avengers Quinjet, which the Hulk had taken at the end of the battle. He suggested that Banner had likely escaped and gone to live in peace. Romanoff asked Fury if he had known she and Banner would get feelings for each other; Fury answered that he had simply hoped for the best and had gotten a great team for them to use.[7]

Infinity War

Thanos' Victory

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Fury and Hill discussing about Wakanda

"Oh, no. Motherf-"
―Nick Fury[src]

Driving through Atlanta with Maria Hill moments after the Battle of Wakanda ended, Nick Fury asked Hill for updates on Tony Stark's location, to which she replied they found nothing despite extensive search around the globe. She then informed Fury of unidentified objects detected over in Wakanda. Before Fury could order Hill to notify Cameron Klein where they would meet, a car spiraled out of control in front of them and blocked them.

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Fury begins to fade away

When Hill stepped out of Fury's car to check whether the occupants were injured, she remarked nobody was in it, unaware that it was due to the actions of Thanos. The duo began to notice civilians disappearing and a helicopter colliding into a nearby building. As Fury instructed Hill to call control for a code red, she alerted Fury she was fading away herself. Following Hill's death, Fury raced back to his car and grabbed a pager. Fury sent out an emergency alert, mere seconds before his hand faded away, cursing as he corroded to dust. Fury was successful in sending the emergency alert with the pager showing the symbol of Captain Marvel.[42]

Personality

"Why make me head of S.H.I.E.L.D.?"
"Because you're the best. And the most ruthless person I ever met."
"I did what I did to protect people."
―Nick Fury and Alexander Pierce[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 missing eye. However, while showing Project Insight to Steve Rogers he gives a backstory saying, "Last time I trusted someone, I lost an eye.", insinuating he doesn't trust easily and he is known to compartmentalize.

Fury and his organization, S.H.I.E.L.D., share a cynical outlook. Sometimes, Fury finds that cutthroat actions and clandestine, illegal operations are necessary to protect the world. Fury stated that "the world is filling up with people that can't be matched" and advocates methods for S.H.I.E.L.D. to arm themselves against potential threats, even if it involves creating weapons of mass destruction. Fury himself quotes "that S.H.I.E.L.D. sees the world as it is, not how it likes to be seen"; though Captain America believed that Project Insight was controlling people using fear. Fury's main goal was world safety against alien and human threats, going so far as to create a team of people with extraordinary abilities called the Avengers and secretly planned to use an unlimited power source for weapons as a secondary security option. The latter was kept secret, even from the Avengers.

While his decisions make him appear ruthless and the nature of his profession occasionally requires a moral grey, Fury genuinely cares about human life and didn't see his agents or Avengers as pawns. One of his own agents, Phil Coulson, was also his closest friend and he seems to trust people like Maria Hill and Steve Rogers. However, he did use the death of Phil Coulson to motivate the Avengers and used alien biology to bring him back to life, no matter how much Coulson begged to die. In fact, he would often help the Avengers, whether by providing resources or motivating them during turbulent times. When New York was under attack by the Chitauri, the World Security Council insisted on a nuclear strike on New York, but Fury refused to destroy a populated city. He was also seen rescuing people from Sokovia when Ultron uplifted it in the air and intended to use it as a weapon against Earth. In spite of the seriousness of his job, Fury has displayed a knack for dry humor and a use of visual puns whilst regarding his missing eye and his constant global surveillance, often using irony and metaphors due to the combination, i.e. referring to Tony Stark "I've got my eye on you".

Abilities

"His communication skills, flawed, but he could always see five steps ahead, which, for a one-eyed man, is impressive."
Phil Coulson[src]
  • Master Tactician: Fury was a master strategist and an astute judge of character. He used these talents to great effect in his leadership of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Fury showed foresight by instigating many operations like the Avengers Initiative, Theta Protocol, Phase 2, Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S., Project T.A.H.I.T.I., and Project Insight to counter threats to global security. Fury has done what would be called questionable tactics all throughout his years in command but nonetheless, he will ultimately do what is right. Case in point, when the World Security Council ordered him to strike New York City with a nuclear missile, he would not, going as far as disabling one of the planes with a rocket launcher and warning Iron Man about it.
  • Master Spy: When Fury needed intelligence on Bruce Banner, he sat practically unnoticed among restaurant patrons to observe him. Fury managed to make the majority of those who knew him think he was dead, including HYDRA.
  • Expert Martial Artist: Fury was a seasoned unarmed and armed-combat expert and veteran. He was able to take down two brainwashed agents with ease.
  • Expert Marksman: Fury was also trained to use U.S. military firearms. He is highly proficient in artillery such as a Rocket Launcher to accurately disable a F-35 Lightning from taking off to bombed Manhattan. During the HYDRA assassination attempt on his life, Nick used the built in Turret of his personal SUV with expert precision, killing multiple HYDRA assassins in quick succession.
  • Master Pilot: Fury was able to pilot a helicopter onto the helipad at the Triskelion and maneuver it through rubble in order to save Sam Wilson during the Triskelion's destruction.

Equipment

Weapons

Fury has access to an array of S.H.I.E.L.D. weapons, conventional and otherwise. In addition, due to him being the leader of a secret but covert/military organization, he has access to the most cutting-edge technology S.H.I.E.L.D. has to offer.

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Fury shooting and killing Alexander Pierce

Other Equipment

Mouse Hole

Fury activating the Mouse Hole to escape

  • S.H.I.E.L.D. Uniform: made from 9-ply Kevlar (able to withstand ballistic impact up to .45 caliber bullets) and a fire-resistant material whose kindling temperature is 1,700 °F (930 °C). It includes numerous S.H.I.E.L.D. paraphernalia such a radio-link tie.
  • Mouse Hole: Fury used Mouse Hole to escape from his destroyed vehicle during an assassination attempt by the Winter Soldier.

Vehicles

  • Nick Fury's SUV: Fury has a computerized SUV with flight capabilities that is armed with machine guns and grenade launchers.

Facilities

"Fury's private base on North American soil: I had to see it for myself."
Glenn Talbot[src]

Relationships

Family

  • Grandfather
  • Mother
  • Wife

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Appearances for Nick Fury
In chronological order:

In an alternate timeline:

Trivia

  • Although most of the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are based off of their mainstream counterparts, this Nick Fury is modeled after his Ultimate version, who is himself modeled after Samuel L. Jackson. The mainstream version of Nick Fury is an Italian American veteran of World War II, who would later be replaced by his illegitimate son, Nicholas Joseph Fury Jr, a character virtually identical to the Ultimate Nick Fury, following the success of the movies.
    • Coincidentally, in the Ultimate comics, Nick Fury said that if he could choose any actor to portray him on film, he would choose Samuel L. Jackson.
    • However, the MCU version shares many traits with his mainstream counterpart, such as being a colonel of the United States Army instead of a general, or retaining his blinded eye instead of having actually lost his left eye.
  • Nick Fury signature
    Fury's signature appears in the opening scene of The Incredible Hulk.

Behind the Scenes

References

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  1. Spider-Man: Far From Home Adds Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders
  2. Nick Fury: Spies Like Us
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier Featurette - The Characters
  5. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.04: Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire
  6. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.17: Turn, Turn, Turn
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Avengers: Age of Ultron
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 The Avengers
  9. Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.: 2.17: Melinda
  10. The Incredible Hulk: The Fury Files, Volume 1
  11. The Incredible Hulk: The Fury Files, Volume 2
  12. The Art of the Avengers timeline
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Iron Man: Security Measures
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Iron Man: I Am Iron Man!
  15. Iron Man Post-credits Scene
  16. Iron Man 2: Black Widow: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.20: Nothing Personal
  18. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.07: The Writing on the Wall
  19. The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week, Volume 1
  20. The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week, Volume 2
  21. The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week, Volume 3
  22. 22.0 22.1 The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week, Volume 1
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Iron Man 2
  24. The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week, Volume 5
  25. The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week, Volume 6
  26. Thor Post-credits Scene
  27. The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week, Volume 7
  28. The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week, Volume 8
  29. Captain America: The First Avenger
  30. 30.0 30.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.11: The Magical Place
  31. 31.0 31.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.14: T.A.H.I.T.I.
  32. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.01: Pilot
  33. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Behind-the-Scenes With the Cast & Crew
  34. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.17: Turn, Turn, Turn
  35. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.02: 0-8-4
  36. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.08: The Well
  37. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.15: Yes Men
  38. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.15: One Door Closes
  39. 39.0 39.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.18: Providence
  40. 40.0 40.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.22: Beginning of the End
  41. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.20: Scars
  42. Avengers: Infinity War Post-credits Scene
  43. ‘Captain America’: Samuel L. Jackson on Nick Fury’s ‘Winter Soldier’ turn
  44. Nick Fury's Grave
  45. Pulp Fiction
  46. Samuel L. Jackson Needs Certain Swear Word To Stop His Stutter
  47. Spider-Man: Homecoming Director Imagined Nick Fury in Iron Man Role
Preceded by:
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Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Nick Fury
1980s - 2014
Succeeded by:
Phil Coulson



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