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Nick Fury Should Be Peter Parker's Mentor in Spider-Man: Far From Home

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Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury should join the cast of Spider-Man: Far From Home, with the veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent becoming Spider-Man's mentor. After three years of absence from the MCU, Nick Fury finally returned in the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War, and next year's Captain Marvel will focus on his early career. But that should only be the beginning for a major role for the classic Marvel actor.

Taking to Instagram last week, Jackson shared a humorous image that suggested he was currently filming scenes related to the MCU. That led several sites to report the possibility that Jackson will appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home - the post was geotagged for Watford, England, just a short drive away from where the Spider-Man film is currently shooting. In reality, this is quite flimsy evidence; it's entirely possible Marvel took advantage of his proximity to some of their shooting to film additional photography for Avengers 4.

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Whatever the truth may be, back in June last year we learned that there will be a major MCU cameo in Spider-Man: Far From Home. So far, two Marvel figures have been ruled out; Robert Downey Jr., whose major role in Spider-Man: Homecoming was a "one-and-done," and Doctor Strange. So it is distinctly possible that Fury will return.

What is Nick Fury's Role in the MCU Going Forward?

S.H.I.E.L.D. fell in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with Nick Fury bowing out as director. He returned the next year in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but in something of an odd position, where he was clearly working alongside other veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as part of something new. At the climactic end of the film, Fury even emerged in command of a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, which he used to evacuate the doomed Sokovian capital city. Everything was left deliberately ambiguous, though, with the only indicator being a throwaway remark from Steve Rogers that "this is what S.H.I.E.L.D.'s supposed to be."

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Avengers: Infinity War's post-credits scene reintroduced Nick Fury and Maria Hill as field agents for an unknown organization. Fury didn't appear to be in charge (he referred to "Control"), but their interests certainly aligned with his. They even had satellites monitoring former S.H.I.E.L.D. hotspots like Wakanda. Some have theorized that this is a resurgent S.H.I.E.L.D., but there's been no hint of that in either the movies or ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It's more likely that Marvel Studios is planning to do something new, with Fury a high-level field agent for an organization who could well be important to the future of the MCU.

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Related: Wait, Who Do Nick Fury & Maria Hill Work For?

While the scene's main focus was the fact that Fury sends out a Mayday for Captain Marvel, it drops enough tantalizing hints to suggest that something exciting is taking shape in the background of the MCU - a new organization, one that could work the heroes and fight against the villains. And Nick Fury seems to be on the front lines.

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Key Release Dates
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie (2019) release date: May 03, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
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