Skrulls were first introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2019, during Captain Marvel, which is set during the mid-90s (if you need a little refresher on the chronological order of the MCU films, we've got you). Nick Fury was a big part of that movie, so it only made sense that in their recent Secret Invasion show, one about a Skrull invasion of Earth, Fury was present as a main character. However, the nature of the Secret Invasion event in the comics put the same thought in many Marvel fans’ heads… is Nick Fury a Skrull?
Is Nick Fury A Skrull? Everything We Know Post 'Secret Invasion'
Is Nick Fury a Skrull in Secret Invasion?
In the lead-up to Secret Invasion, anyone who is even vaguely familiar with the event in the comics knows that the idea was that you never had a clue who was a Skrull and who wasn’t. It made for an incredibly fun series week to week that had fans in a frenzy, wondering if their favorite superheroes had been Skrulls or not and if so, for how long. Naturally, this led fans to wonder before the Disney+ series even started if Nick Fury was a Skrull, seeing as though he’s the main character in the show.
It turns out that Nick Fury is actually not a Skrull in Secret Invasion, despite it being a popular theory coming in. In fact, it has been a popular theory for a long while before the series was even announced.
The beginnings of the Nick Fury Skrull theories
In Captain Marvel, the titular character questions Nick Fury, asking him to “name a detail so bizarre a Skrull could never fabricate it”. It’s a hard ask, but Fury responds by saying that if toast is cut diagonally, he can’t eat it. Although it might seem like an obscure throwaway line to some, eagle-eyed Marvel fans immediately thought back to Avengers: Age of Ultron.
In that movie, Fury eats what fans believe to be a diagonally cut sandwich, which would be a smart way for Marvel to fuelling some rumors. However, it’s hard to tell if the sandwich is diagonally cut at all, not to mention the fact that the bread isn’t toasted, so perhaps the connection is purely coincidental. Of course, this doesn’t mean that Fury has never been a Skrull at all in the MCU.
Was Nick Fury a Skrull in any of the movies?
The Marvel fans who pay attention to details and stick around for the famous post-credit scenes will know that Nick Fury has indeed already been a Skrull at one point in the MCU.
Those who have seen Spider-Man: Far From Home know that the film features Mysterio as the main villain, using old Stark tech to conjure fake villains known as The Elementals throughout the movie before revealing himself as the villain for a big battle in London. Fans of Marvel might have been wondering how on earth something like that tricked Nick Fury and Maria Hill and the post-credit scene for the movie answered that question.
After the credits, Hill and Fury are seen in a car for a few seconds before turning back into their Skrull form, revealing they had been Skrulls for the entire length of the movie. “You gotta tell him,” says Soren to Talos, who responds “It was fine, the little boy handled it”, referring to Peter Parker. Eventually, Talos gives in and calls Nick Fury, relaying the events of the film to him and saying that he gave Parker Stark’s glasses as he wanted. When we cut to the real Fury, it’s revealed that he is on a Skrull spaceship somewhere unknown, overseeing construction.
When asked about what this meant and how long Fury could have possible been a Skrull for, director of Far From Home Jon Watts said that he thinks the real Nick Fury was at Tony Stark’s Funeral in Avengers: Endgame, which was comforting for many fans.
How does Secret Invasion affect The Marvels?
The Marvels is set to premiere in theaters later this year and through some promotional material, we’ve seen that Nick Fury is set to appear in the movie that’s set after Secret Invasion, timeline-wise. So how will Secret Invasion impact The Marvels?
Director of Secret Invasion Ali Selim believes that The Marvels will showcase Nick Fury in a way we’ve never seen him before, considering his evolution and greater understanding of himself in the series. The show helped characters understand Nick Fury better and there seems to be some good payoff coming later this year.
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