Spider-Man's sudden departure from the MCU has raised plenty of questions about all the plot threads left hanging after Spider-Man: Far From Home, including what happens to Nick Fury and the Skrulls. Many of the questions related to Spider-Man himself will, of course, be dropped, now that Marvel Studios is unable to continue Peter Parker's story. But the one particular storyline involving Nick Fury and the Skrulls can still be explored.
Marvel fandom was reeling after it was revealed that there had been a split between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures over Spider-Man, Marvel's most popular hero. Apparently, Disney was unsatisfied with the terms of the original deal that allowed Spider-Man to appear in the MCU, but Sony was unwilling to change them. As a result, the deal collapsed and now Spider-Man is out of the MCU. According to Sony, the split occurred as a result of Marvel Studios being too busy with all of its new IP to work on a property that it doesn't own. While some remain hopeful that Marvel and Sony will work something out, Sony insists that "the door is closed" on Spider-Man in the MCU.
An abrupt end to Spider-Man's story means that so many questions from Spider-Man: Far From Home will now go unanswered. This isn't true for all of them, however. At the end of the movie, Far From Home dropped a bombshell by revealing that "Nick Fury" was actually a Skrull, Talos, who last appeared in Captain Marvel. Meanwhile, the real Nick Fury was on board a Skrull spaceship. The Skrulls in Far From Home were actually taking orders from Fury, who may be working on building a new secret base called S.W.O.R.D. in the comics.
The reveal naturally came as a huge shock, but what it all means is rather vague (which is what should be expected from the post-credits scene of a Marvel movie). It's not clear what Marvel intends to do with its Skrull storyline, but whatever the studio is planning, fans can rest assured that the Marvel-Sony split hasn't ruined it. Nick Fury and the Skrulls belong to Marvel Studios, so any lingering plotlines related to them can still be addressed, even though it was first teased at the end of a Sony movie.
While it's possible that Marvel may have originally intended on following up on this storyline in Spider-Man 3, its hard to imagine that their plan depended solely on the movie happening. This storyline could unfold in other Marvel projects, such as Captain Marvel 2, but it's unlikely to happen sooner than that. Many of the details in each movie in Phase 4 may already have been worked out, so it may be a while before the story advances any further.
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