Nick Fury Has Been Peter Parker's Mentor Before
In the comics, Peter's parents were secretly agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. That was particularly prominent in the Ultimate universe, a relaunch in the early 2000s that has served as a major source of inspiration for the Marvel movies. In the Ultimate universe, that allowed Marvel to establish a close bond between Nick Fury and Spider-Man. Fury had known Peter's parents and had always wanted to do right by their child. When he deduced that Peter Parker was Spider-Man, Fury was thrilled, and he worked alongside the wall-crawler many times. Fury believed that Spider-Man could be one of the greatest heroes of all, and was grooming him to become a member of the Ultimates (the Ultimate universe equivalent of the Avengers).
Naturally, Fury's secretive nature often meant the relationship between the two was a strained one. At one point, the S.H.I.E.L.D. boss even began considering Peter to be a threat and had S.H.I.E.L.D. work on a way to depower the web-slinger. At the end of the day, though, the two were bound together by bonds of mutual respect and admiration. They were more than just mentor and student; they were friends. That dynamic has been carefully reproduced in several of Marvel's animated series, most notably the current ongoing Spider-Man series.
According to Kevin Feige, Marvel is working on a five-film arc for Spider-Man in the MCU. That arc seems to center in on his relationship with Tony Stark, who's become both a mentor and father figure for Tom Holland's Spider-Man. Sadly, it's set to come to a tragic end in next year's Avengers 4, with Downey's Marvel contract believed to be coming to an end. Most viewers are expecting Tony Stark to pay the ultimate price in order to defeat Thanos and either undo or avert the "snap." That will leave a gaping, Stark-sized hole in Peter's life. It's one that Nick Fury could potentially come to fill.
This May Explain Spider-Man: Far From Home's Globe-Trotting Plot
This idea actually fits remarkably well with the little we know of Spider-Man: Far From Home. The film will see Peter Parker and several of his friends go on what Feige has called a "summer vacation" to London, but it's also confirmed to be a "global adventure" that will see the wall-crawler travel around Europe. That's seemed more than a little strange; how will Peter afford to travel across the globe? Won't his friends work out that something strange is going on if Spider-Man keeps turning up in every place they visit? And how big a coincidence will it be if Peter's itinerary happens to follow Mysterio around the European continent, perfectly positioning Spider-Man to get in the villain's way?
If Peter is working with Nick Fury, though, the situation changes quite dramatically. Fury's mysterious organization would presumably be allied with Spider-Man against Mysterio, meaning Peter would have considerable resources to draw upon. They could bankroll aspects of Peter's trip, ensuring he can get from one potential hotspot to the next, funding his trip as he strives to defeat Mysterio. If Peter feigned illness to his friends, he could safely retire to his bedroom and slip out the window in costume, joining up with Fury to be flown across Europe to the site of Mysterio's latest activities.
There's comic book precedent for this kind of globe-trotting adventure. One of writer Dan Slott's most beloved arcs was To The Ends of the Earth, which basically saw Spider-Man embrace life as a James-Bond-esque superhero, with Doctor Octopus launching an insane plan that seemed to be lifted straight from GoldenEye. Integrating Nick Fury into the plot would allow Marvel to reproduce some of the core ideas from To The Ends of the Earth on the big screen.
Right now, we still don't know who the major MCU cameo in Spider-Man: Far From Home will be. That one post on social media is flimsy evidence, but it does raise the exciting possibility that Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury could actually cameo in the film. If he does, it would set Fury up for a major role in the MCU's Phase 4, as the ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. director becomes a front-line agent in the war against evil.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019