The intense and mysterious leader of Shield has been one of the most important parts of the MCU since he first appeared in the post-credits scene of 2008 Ironman. All of these years later were we finally getting his origin and backstory in Captain Marvel.
Fury was created by comic legends Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. He first appeared in Sergeant Fury and His Howling Commandos Issue 1 in May of 1963. The comic was a world war 2 combat series that has a cigar smoking Nick Fury as the leader of an elite US Army unit. But when 1965 rolled around Lee and Kirby decided to update the character and pull him out of his World War 2 era and bring him in to present making him into a spy similar to that of James Bond and the leader of an espionage agency called Shield in Strange tales issue 135.
As many of us know, Fury has since made a bunch of appearances in other Marvel books acting as a middleman between the United States government or the United Nations and various superheroes. As we’ve seen in the MCU, he’s the guy who makes sure everyone gets along or at least tries to.
Fun fact it’s eventually revealed that Fury takes a special medication called the Infinity formula that stopped his aging which allows him to be active despite the fact he’s nearly a century old.
There are two different main versions of Nick Fury. First The original one created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, this is the fury from the main 616 Marvel Universe. Second Ultimate Nick Fury from Earth 1610, this is the Nick Fury that the majority of people are familiar with as this is the version Marvel Studios chose to be part of their cinematic universe played by the fantastic Samuel L. Jackson.
Original Nick Fury
Nicholas Joseph Fury was born in New York City in the 1920s specifically in the area familiar to daredevil fans as Hell’s Kitchen. When Fury was in his 20s, he was drafted into the United States Army to fight the Nazis in World War Two. Once in the army, it was clear that he was a natural soldier and leader and soon became a sergeant. He was so good at what he did that he was asked to lead a hand-picked squad of highly trained soldiers. And if you’ve seen Captain America the First Avenger this squad should be very familiar to you because that’s a squad that would soon become known as the famous Howlin Commandoes.
Sergeant Fury and his Howling Commandos fought through a massive chunk of World War Two. They went on missions over places like France, Greece, Belgium, Holland and even inside Nazi’s Germany itself.
Because of this, the Howling Commandos would run into and also fight alongside Captain America because as we all know Caps hobbies especially back then was punching Nazis in the face. But the commandos didn’t just team up with Cap; they would also fight alongside Cap’s Invaders team who are a group of heroes that joined together to fight the Axis powers during World War Two. They consisted of Namor the Submariner, the Human Torch, Bucky Barnes and Captain America.
Fury and his commandos would even meet James Howlett which would later go on to become Wolverine. If you are not familiar with Wolverine’s story, then you can refer to our Story of Wolverine. Anyway, Fury was such a good sergeant that he was able to get back most of his commandos after every mission. But that doesn’t mean fury got out of World War Two unscathed. Yeah, I am talking about his left eye.
How Fury Lost his Left Eye in Comics?
At the end of the war, a grenade was thrown at him and his men. But fury caught it mid-air, and when he threw it back, the grenade blew up midair causing shrapnel and debris to destroy his left eye. Then when Fury stumbled into a French minefield, he almost got blown into a jigsaw puzzle as he put it. The Doctor Professor Sternberg was able to save him, but he used fury as a guinea pig to test his affinity formula which was a chemical found during the war. It worked and slowed down Fury’s aging process.
Getting back to his Origins, after World War 2 Fury started working for the CIA and the OSS. He was eventually made colonel and ultimately was made the head of Shield.
Origins of Ultimate Nick Fury
The Ultimate Nick Fury first appeared in Ultimate team-up issue 5 in 2001 and was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Alfred. When Nick Fury first appeared in the Ultimate Universe he looked drastically different from what he looks like now. He looked a lot more like a 616 counterpart with a few differences. But when he popped back up a year later in 2002 in The Ultimates issue, he was redesigned to look just like Samuel L. Jackson. In fact, he looks so much like Samuel Jackson in the comics that they even made a joke of it within the dialogue of one of the issues where fury said that if they ever made a movie based on the team, Samuel Jackson would play him. Which is hilarious because that’s precisely what happened. I mean how great is it that they purposely designed the character after him and then six years later he’s playing them in the first Ironman.
In his Ultimate Series, Nich Fury also fought for the US in World War Two. But during an invasion of Sicily, he and an old relative of Wilson Fisk along with the paratrooper James Howlett were caught by American military police as they were looting a house. This leads to Fury and Howlett being arrested. As prisoners, they were used as test subjects for project rebirth. During one of the experiments, fury was injected with a serum that gave him super-strength. With his new strength, he freed himself and the other prisoners. But the scientists who were working on him let him escape as they had all the information they needed from him for the time being.
How Fury lost his eye in the Ultimate Universe?
Fury would then go to college in India and later enlist in the US military. He would even eventually be assigned to the Shield’s Weapon X program during the Gulf War. During this time fury and his men were transporting Wolverine and his adamantium cage, but the Iraqi guerrilla ambushed them. Then suing fight would cause Fury to lose sight in his left eye which is why he has an eyepatch in this universe.
But Wolverine took a liking to Fury and carried him through the desert back to Allied forces. The next day fury was already healed and was confronted by General Ross in a hospital. The General discovered much was weird about Fury and questioned him.
After General Ross’s so-called death by Colonel Wraith, who was pissed at Ross for canceling government funding to support the Weapon X program, the president asked Fury to become the new director of Shield. Fury’s first act as director was to resurrect the Supersoldier program resulting in the formation of The Ultimates aka this Earth’s Avengers.
Third Nick Fury
Now there’s technically a third Nick Fury, well kinda. Marcus Johnson aka Nick Fury Jr.
He’s the second and long-lost son of Nick Fury senior who followed in his father’s footsteps by working for Shield and becoming the leader of the Secret Avengers. I know he’s not the same Nick Fury, but he looks just like him.
Let’s begin, Nick Fury’s first series Sergeant Fury and his Howling Commandos, which ran for 120 issues from 1963 to 1974. During that time he also appeared in other titles such as Strange Tales issue 135, this is the book that would turn Fury into a James Bond-like spy who ran the covert organization Shield. For those of you wondering what S.H.I.E.L.D stands for its Supreme Headquarters InternationalEspionage Law Enforcement Division.
Powers and Abilities
Powers in both, the mainstream and ultimate versions of Nick Fury, basically have the same ability. Nick Fury doesn’t have any real superpowers. But he is in the peak of human condition and is an incredible tactician and a leader. He’s an expert in hand-to-hand combat being skilled in Boxing, Jujitsu, and Taekwondo. In the army, he was also the heavyweight boxing champion. Being the director of Shield, Fury has access to some of the world’s most advanced weapons and tech. As the director of Shield, he’s also one of the most powerful men on earth as far as connections and influence go.
I hope I covered all the aspects of Nick Fury Story. If you have any doubts, feel free to comment down below.