WARNING: Spoilers from ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Ahead! Stop reading if you have yet to see the latest MCU flick!
Following the events of ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home,’ the movie concludes with giving us a tease of a potential story-line for Nick Fury himself, as we learn Talos and another Skrull have been posing as Fury and Maria Hill for the entire movie, and not for ‘Secret Invasion’ reasons. We immediately find out Talos is working with Fury (it actually more seems like Talos is working for Fury), who is in Outer Space at the moment on a Skrull ship on a mission we are not told about just yet. Which of course got the fans with the theories moving, especially those who remember the iconic story-line with Nick Fury from the comics, Marvel’s ‘Original Sin‘ event, written by Jason Aaron.
In that story, Fury had an impersonator on Earth so he could carry out a space-mission and eventually revealed himself as the ‘Man on the Wall,’ an identity he hid from everyone in the Marvel Universe, friend/foe, hero and villain alike, for years and years. The purpose of the ‘Man on the Wall?’ Apparently to protect the Earth from cosmic threats “at any cost.” Which explains a lot about the means Fury has taken over the years to get his job done, and a lot of the questionable moral decisions he has made which often put him at odds with the superhero community.
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Here’s how Nick Fury from the comics described his time as the “Man on the Wall”:
“I’ve killed… More times than I can count. I’ve burned worlds. Destabilized galaxies. Dethroned gods. And I did it without any of them even knowing my name. That’s what it means to be the man on the wall. To be the invisible monster who keeps the other monsters at bay.”
Fans are now wondering whether the MCU, which apparently is going to attempt to go a lot more cosmic this phase, is setting up this position for Fury, which would be a nice way to tie Samuel L. Jackson and his character into cosmic events, especially since Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. are otherwise very earthbound. Of course, considering the fact that ‘Original Sin’ had Fury losing the Infinity Formula that had kept him young for so many years (and beginning to die), leading him to murder Uatu the Watcher as a means of finding his replacement (eventually the Winter Soldier became the new ‘Man on the Wall,’ which makes sense), this could also hint at the beginning of the end for Fury in the MCU.
What are your thoughts here? Could Marvel be playing the long game with Fury? Or could something else entirely be going on that has Fury on the Skrull ship? Feel free to share your own theories in the comments below!