Captain America: The Winter Soldier was by far, one of the best Marvel movies to have been ever made under the Disney Banner. It had class, panache and most important of all, a dark and morbid storyline that bode unusually well in spite of Marvel’s typical feel-good storytelling strategy. Among other things and achievements it boasted off, one of The Winter Soldier’s greatest assets was more screen time to Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, who made his mark as an action superstar of the superhero genre in the movie.
The movie also showed how deeply compromised SHIELD was in today’s world and how Nick Fury was fighting a losing battle against his own allies that had backstabbed him. But as it turns out, there is another fan theory in town that claims Nick Fury was not new to being backstabbed by his most trusted allies. His damaged eye that he hid under an eye patch was a reminder of that fact. And they say it was Coulson who did it.
In the movie, Nick Fury utters a memorable line. He says and we quote:
“The last time I trusted someone, I lost an eye.”
To the casual moviegoers, it may not sound like much. But trust us when we say this, this one line from Nick Fury could have potentially huge implications for the Marvel Universe. And here is why.
Nick Fury is not a man whose trust you can gain easily. He is always suspicious. Whether it is the guy living next door or his morning coffee or suspicious operatives working under SHI’s name, he is a man that will not take anyone for his word. But how did he reach there? Nick Fury was not always like this. Something bad must have happened to him for him to become the man he is today.
The Winter Soldier taught us the fact that there can never be someone truly reliable in the Marvel Universe. After all, the very guys who were entrusted with our protection turned out to be double agents hell-bent on world domination. Believe it or not, Nick Fry had already anticipated such a move. He knew he could never trust anyone, not even his own friends. And this facet of his character leads us to the upcoming Captain Marvel movie.
In Captain Marvel, we see a younger version of Nick Fury with “both eyes open.” This version of Fury is friendlier and more forthcoming than the bald, one-eyed mother*cker we know and love today. The upcoming Marvel movie starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel will reveal the existence of the nefarious Skrull species within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The Skrulls are a race of sinister creatures that have the ability to assume any disguise they want to, making them master infiltrators and super spies. One of those Skrulls is thought to be an impostor playing the part of Nick Fury’s oldest and most trusted friend, a friend that would later be the reason why Fury sleeps with just one eye closed (pun intended). Can you guess which character we are talking about?
It is Agent Phil Coulson!! The trusted sidekick of Nick Fury is the reason Nick Fury has trust issues. He is the reason why Nick Fury wears an eye patch and is forced to look over his shoulder every time he takes a turn. How convenient it actually is that The Winter Soldier, a movie about double subterfuge and espionage was the movie that revealed why Nick Fury became the Spymaster he is today. And they did that by tying the movie back to the Captain Marvel movie which holds the secrets to the origins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Nick Fury, Director of Shield. At least that is what the theory says.
Let us address the elephant in the room first.
Nick Fury is the Director of SHIELD. But before he even debuted as such in the MCU, he was already known to be involved in several clandestine projects that were supposed to protect the world from otherworldly threats. The World Council tasks Fury with heading studying hydra weapons and creating weapons of mass destruction that could help Earth’s forces repel an attack if there ever was, from outer space. To that end, he almost succeeds before Cap catches his operations red-handed aboard the Helicarrier. But the question still remains – why was Fury so scared of aliens and extra-terrestrial forces in the first place?
The thing is – Captain Marvel is a prequel that will explore not only Carol Danvers’ past but will also show us a lot about the earlier version of Nick Fury. The movie will also feature a younger version of our beloved Phil Coulson, Agent of Shield. Since Nick Fury was already a high ranking member in SHIELD, it would not be wrong to assume that he was already involved in creating anti-alien weaponry by the time the Skrulls reach Earth.
The Skrulls would know that Earth has countermeasures in place and weaponry that could push their forces back should they try to invade the planet. Nick Fury will be the man leading the charge since he is the one supervising all weaponry design operations. The Skrulls would need to take this guy out and what better way to do it than replacing his most trusted ally with a Skrull spy that could get close to him and take him down when the time is right and no one is looking.
This is where all things actually start to fit in like a glove. Coulson and Fury, in the present movies up until The Avengers, were close pals. How did their friendship blossom so much if the former was trying to kill the latter? If Coulson was indeed captured and replaced, then the Captain Marvel movie will definitely show Fury and Marvel mounting a rescue operation to bring back Coulson from enemy captivity. Fury just went against an entire alien army to save his pal. I do not know about you but this is the perfect bedrock and foundation to start a beautiful friendship.
Why was Nick Fury so happy when the World Council allowed him to start projects that would help humanity develop weapons to fight these aliens? Because he has already experienced to let someone get so close that they could feel your breath and then be careless enough to let them stab you in the back when no one is around. He knows what it feels like to be exposed and he does not want the world to feel the same way ever again. When Thor of 2011 happened, he knew things would soon reach to critical mass and that is why he started the Avengers initiative. He wanted the world to have a fighting chance, something he never did.
The story ends on a much darker note. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Fury bolts the minute he senses trouble. The fact that he was ready to fake his own death and seclude himself from the outside world than let them take him alive all points to one thing, Fury will not do the same mistake twice. Even if it looks like Captain America is in dire need of allies that can aid him in his battle against Hydra, Fury chooses to stay this one out. He chooses to trust his instincts this time. Something he did not do the last time. After all, he only has one good eye left and he can’t afford to lose that one too.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier has already witnessed its DVD/ Blur-Ray release. The official film synopsis for the movie reads:
After the cataclysmic events in New York with his fellow Avengers, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), lives in the nation’s capital as he tries to adjust to modern times. An attack on a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague throws Rogers into a web of intrigue that places the whole world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and a new ally, the Falcon, Rogers struggles to expose an ever-widening conspiracy, but he and his team soon come up against an unexpected enemy.