– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Just about everyone and their mother had the privilege of showing up in the recent Marvel flick, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. With around twelve superheroes running around, the film had more Avengers in it than both AVENGERS movies. However, that doesn’t mean some characters didn’t make it into the feature. Of course, both Thor and Hulk were noticeably absent, but so was former SHIELD director Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson.

With these characters becoming increasingly intertwined in each other’s story, it’s always a big question of where a specific character is in any given film. We know that Thor and Hulk are probably off in space somewhere, so what about Nick Fury?

“I’m curious too!” CIVIL WAR screenwriter Stephen McFeely joked to the LA Times.

Co-writer Christopher Markus continued:

“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 as surprising as it is to hear for some fans, the real story seems to be that the writers simply don’t know where Fury is. All they know is that he had no real function in the film, and as such, wasn’t used.

In regards to whether or not Fury would be involved in INFINITY WAR, they responded in the affirmative…mostly.

McFeely: I would think.

Markus: It’s probably all hands on deck. 

McFeely: Don’t you assume you’ll see everybody in the INFINITY WARS?

The increasing number of characters in these movies will continue to be a difficult undertaking for the duo. CIVIL WAR itself already had quite the difficult task of juggling so many characters at once. In a way, it was the first film where an audience member likely had to see at least a few MCU flicks in order to understand and appreciate the stakes. Considering the number of characters poised to be in INFINITY WAR, it seems that it will be even less accessible than CIVIL WAR. 

Markus said the following in response to that idea:

“Explaining quickly something that is going to be just completely incomprehensible to the average person is a tough one, [though I am] heartened by the popularity of things like GAME OF THRONES where even the people who read the books and really love the show don’t always know what’s going on. Knowing 100% what a warg is, it’s not essential to the enjoyment of the show.”

He definitely has a point there. Very often, even in the standalone MCU films, the plots are little more than MacGuffins used as an excuse to show off cool comic book action. Sometimes (like in the case of THOR: THE DARK WORLD with me), the audience doesn’t really need to fully understand what’s going on in order to have a good time at the theater.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.