Captain America: Civil War is probably the most packed film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. It brings back nearly all of the superheroes we’ve seen and introduces a few new ones. However, the film doesn’t include everyone. Outside of Thor and the Hulk, the most notable absentee is the man who brought the Avengers together — Nick Fury.

Many of us were left wondering what was keeping Fury busy doing the whole Sokovia Accords business. The LA Times were asking the same question, and they brought it up in an interview with the film’s writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. According to Markus, there just wasn’t room for Samuel L. Jackson:

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.

Marvel did give the writers plenty of time to squeeze things in to the film. It clocked in at almost two and a half hours, but little of that runtime could have been cut to introduce Fury. Markus added that there was another interesting angle for leaving him out:

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.

Markus and McFeely are currently working on the script for Avengers: Infinity War, and they said he should be back for that. But, we still don’t know where Fury was while the Avengers were going toe to toe in Germany. A man with his history would know that the world’s governments had came to a huge decision on the future of superheroes.


Nick Fury in The Avengers


Kevin Feige has already said that will return in Phase 3, but he denied it would be in Thor: Ragnarok. Just where we see him next is unclear, but he should be involved when Infinity War gets under way.


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