Fox Introduced Nick Fury in Fantastic Four 2:
It’s just too bad that 20th Century Fox managed to screw up the Fantastic Four not once or twice but 3 freakin’ times! With the films came the screwed up villains that were Doctor Doom & Galactus. Out of the 3 Fantastic Four movies, it was just the first one that was bearable, but when Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer introduced Galactus as a giant cloud, people just lost their shits! The same happened when Fox tried to reboot the franchise in 2015 as then the writers turned Doctor Doom into a trash can! But what’s interesting is that Fox actually tried to introduce Nick Fury in one of these films.
We saw the debut of Nick Fury in the first Iron Man movie. By that time, people weren’t really familiar with the whole post-credits scene concept and those who did know about an extra scene at the end of Iron Man were confused seeing Nick Fury pop in. Still, people initiated with the comics obviously knew who Sam L. Jackson walked in as. But, we almost got a version of Nick Fury one year prior to the release of Iron Man.
Apparently, Fox wanted to bring in Nick Fury in their 2007 release Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Director Tim Story had this idea of putting Nick Fury in there but Fox obviously didn’t own the character. So, when they went back to Marvel in order to use Nick Fury, they were obviously asked to use some extra cash so they could do as intended. Well, Fox didn’t want to spend an extra dime on a side character so Fury’s character was revamped into General Hager. The only thing related to Fury came into the picture were a few of the dialogues that Hager spoke in the film.
We’re glad that Fox didn’t end up using Fury because coming to Marvel, he became a major iconic figure. Marvel brought Samuel L. Jackson on board to play the character and everyone loves Uncle Sam. Fury became the one common aspect of the entire MCU and his role has now been enhanced even further.
Fury was missing from the MCU films for the most part of Phase 3. He only had cameos in Infinity War and Endgame, but did have significant roles in Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Kevin Feige promised Sam L. that 2019 will be the year of Nick Fury and it most definitely was. Spider-Man: Far From Home set him up for yet another comic book persona, i.e. “the Man on the Wall.”
As comic nerds may know, Fury wasn’t the first Man in the Wall, but he has been portraying this role for quite a lot of time. Fury had to keep this side role of him as a secret with SHIELD and even the heroes as it needed him to protect Earth from cosmic threats at any cost. That only meant that he had to take hard decisions which may be less than heroic, and would most certainly be waivered by the kind hearted heroes who’d never trade one life to save millions.
During Marvel’s Original Sin event, written by Jason Aaron, Fury came clean about everything he has done as the Man on the Wall and here’s how he described his job:
“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.”
Nick Fury is further reported to have at least 3 more appearance including the ones in Captain Marvel 2, & possibly Doctor Strange 2. We hope that Nick Fury continues for as long as he can. Black Panther 2 would be a good movie to use him, and he can obviously have appearances in films like Spider-Man 3 or perhaps Avengers 5. Let’s see what Marvel does with him next.