Avengers: Endgame co-writer Stephen McFeely shares the alternate cameo for Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in Avengers: Infinity War. After three years of being a no-show, the former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. made his re-appearance at the end of Infinity War but only with a couple of minutes to spare. Fury and his trusted right-hand Maria Hill (Colbie Smulders) were on their way to figure out the situation brought about by Thanos' (Josh Brolin) invasion and eventual win, and the two were unfortunately among the causalities from the Mad Titan's snap. Fortunately, Fury was able to send an SOS message for Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) before fully disintegrating.
Over the course of his absence, fans and even Jackson were curious where Fury was and what he was up to. Spider-Man: Far From Home's post-credit scene revealed that he's up in space with a new project, potentially the MCU's adaptation of S.W.O.R.D.. It's unclear how long he's been working on that and there's no confirmation whether or not he was occupied with that project before his re-emergence in Infinity War which apparently almost played out differently.
In an interview with Backstory (via ComicBook), McFeely revealed that there's another version of Fury showing up in Infinity War. In the film's “second or third draft,” he will appear in a train station while an unseen Captain Marvel pages him. “I think at one point we thought we’d shoot it somewhere like a train station. So we did a version of that where Nick Fury was between trains,” he said. He didn't say why they decided against the idea or if the scene was still supposed to be the post-credit of the movie. In any case, this version seems to be very early on his and co-writer Christopher Markus' process of writing the film.
While McFeely didn't mention anything, the character re-emergence in a train station still made it to Infinity War - only with a different character. Fury's scrapped appearance sounds very similar to Captain America's (Chris Evans) grand entrance in the movie. He, alongside Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) came in just in time to help Vision (Paul Bettany) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) fight Black Order members Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight. And considering the reaction people had with this whole sequence, it's safe to say that the train station reveal seems like a good idea - whether that be with Steve Rogers or Fury.
That being said, if the filmmakers stuck with this version of Fury's Avengers: Infinity War cameo, it seems like there was also a major change in how the scene plays out. In this iteration, it was Captain Marvel who would've been paging her longtime friend, instead of the other way around. That could mean a couple of things - the most important of which is the implication that they've kept in-touch with each other through the years. Considering that they have yet to film Captain Marvel at this point, the origin of the beeper can still be changed. This narrative turn would've given fans more context about Fury's secret space station and how he was able to assemble that in the first place.
Source: Backstory (via ComicBook)
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