Real Name: Nicholas Joseph Fury
First Appearance: Sargent Fury and His Howling Commandos (May, 1963).
Powers: Trained Soldier, Youth maintained by Infinity Formula, Expert Martial Artist, Highly trained in weaponry
Affiliation: S.H.I.E.L.D (Director), CIA, OSS, Avengers
Enemies: Any threat to mankind, Baron Von Stucker
Love Interests: Lady Pamela Hawley (died before he was able to propose), Contessa Valentina Allegra dela Fontaine.
Did You Know:
- Samuel Jackson has his likeness portrayed in the Ultimate Universe (Earth 1610). This is purposely done. Marvel asked him if they could, which would ultimately lead him to be cast in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
- S.H.I.E.L.D. has stood for many things over the years.
- Supreme Headquarters Intervention Espionage, Law Enforcement Division
- Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate
- Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement Logistics Division
A Little History
Nicholas Joseph Fury is by far, one of the most interesting characters in the Marvel Universe.
Admittedly, I knew very little about his history prior to researching for this article.
However, after my research, I find myself enthralled with the character.
For the purpose of this article, I will be focusing on the Earth 616 version of Nick Fury.
Before I do that, I want to point out that the Earth 1610 version of Nick Fury is designed to look like Samuel L. Jackson (the baddest mother f&cker on the planet).
His history dates back to pre-WW2…
Do the math and you will see that this makes Mr. Fury over 75 years old!
Now, obviously, you’re thinking that either he has aged extremely well or that he uses an awful lot of Rodan and Fields skin care products.
I cannot comment on the validity of either of these thoughts, but I can tell you that he uses something called the Infinity Formula.
The Infinity Formula?
Let me explain.
Nick Fury grew up in an area of New York called Hell’s Kitchen. This is a common place for Marvel Heroes to come from (Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, etc…) Hell’s Kitchen is run by Crime and Corruption.
Seeing a natural talent, Fury was recruited and enlisted under “Happy” Sam Sawyer for WW2.
Fury was an expert in practically everything and as such, rose to prominence. He became Sargent of The Howling Commandos, who were a group of men assigned to the worst of the worst missions and objectives. His eventual best friend, Timothy “Dum Dum” Dugan, which by the way, might just be the most unfortunate nickname, ever, was a member of The Howling Commandos.
What about the Infinity Formula?
Get on with it you say?
The Howling Commandos were charged with bringing down the toughest of enemies including the Red Skull and Baron Von Strucker.
In one battle, Fury was severely injured and brought to the edge of his life.
Enter Professor Berthold Sternberg.
The good Professor gave him the Infinity Formula and it healed Fury back to 100%…well almost, he lost the use of his left eye.
Over the course of his lifetime, Fury would need to continuously take the formula. His need would come about every 10 years and without it, he would age very rapidly.
Like a fly to sh@t, enter Professor Sternberg…
Seeing Fury’s reliance on the formula, Sternberg continually raises the price of the formula each time Fury needs it.
Fury would become a member of the OSS, CIA and most famously S.H.I.E.L.D.
As Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fury would be charged with bringing down Hydra and if you have watched any of the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you are well aware of how well this is going…
In his last mission as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., he led a failed attempt to convince the Government to force the Latverian PM to discontinued providing high-tech weaponry to the bad guys. This would lead to a version of the Secret Wars.
Secret Wars Coles Notes:
- Recruit a bunch of Superheroes
- Storm Latveria
- Beat the piss of out if.
- Been around pre-WW2
- Due to recognition, was promoted to Sargent of the Howling Commandos
- Had a severe accident leaving him nearly dead.
- Had Infinity Formula administered by Prof. Sternberg
- Has to take it every 10 years or rapidly ages to catch up
- Joined the OSS and CIA
- Went on to be the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Charged with bringing down Hydra
- Led the Secret Wars