Captain America: Civil War had so many characters but three keep people had to sit on the bench for the battle between dueling Avengers: the Hulk, Thor and Nick Fury. Of course we know that Mark Ruffalo will team-up with Chris Hemsworth in the forthcoming Thor: Ragnarok, but what about Samuel L. Jackson? He’s been the glue that brings all these movies together appearing in all the Phase One Marvel Studios films, up to and including The Avengers, but his absence was, perhaps, the most conspicuous in Civil War. So why skip the one-eyed king of S.H.I.E.L.D.? The answer, according to the screenwriters, has many facets.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Christopher Markus explained that Fury’s place is above the fray, and that his position as the “parent” of the Avengers meant that this was a matter that they had to try and sort it out themselves.
“We called him, but he let the line blink. Primarily it felt like one too many possible opinions. We didn’t want him to take one side or the other, because that’s not his place in the universe. And then we didn’t want another, “Is he still with the government? Is he opposed to the government but supporting the government?” It got to be the potential for a lot more polemic discussion that the movie did not have room for. He’s the guy who put it together. He’s been the sort of parent figure to the Avengers. Let the parent go away, and see if the kids can handle this. See if the kids can be who they’re supposed to be without that governing voice. Um… and they didn’t do that good of a job.”
So that’s the long and the short of why Fury wasn’t in Civil War, but now all eyes turn to the two-part Infinity War, the next Avengers movies. Previous reports have indicated that 50-60 characters will be involved in those two movies, and it will fall on Markus and co-screenwriter Stephen McFeely to fit them all in, and that will likely include Nick Fury. “Don’t you assume you’ll see everybody in the Infinity Wars?” McFeely said. “You heard it here first: Everybody is in Infinity Wars. Hopefully that includes Sam Rockwell’s Justin Hammer and Whiplash’s bird.”
Captain America: Civil War is now in theaters everywhere; Avengers: Infinity War – Part One will open May 2018.