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Nick Fury is like the Avengers' father in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He makes them play nice with one another when they fight and gives them pep talks when they're feeling low. He's seen gods fall out of the sky and alien armies swarm out of inter-dimensional portals, but the eye-patched agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn't always dealing with that crazy stuff. In fact, he was almost as ignorant as the rest of us when he first started out.
We'll get to see that inexperienced Fury in March when Captain Marvel (set in the roaring 1990s) hits theaters. Back in the day, Nick (can we call ya Nick?) was totally clueless about what threats were laying in wait out there in the cosmos.
"He's been out of the army for a while, and he's now basically riding a desk in the newly-created S.H.I.E.L.D.," Jackson told Empire Magazine for the publication's March issue. "[He's] trying to figure out where the next war will jump off or where our next threat will come from, never even believing or knowing anything about extra-terrestrials."
Until Carol Danvers (played by Brie Larson) falls into his life, Jackson's character is just your average, everyday pencil pusher. Carol is the gateway that leads him into the world of the supernatural, the very world that will probably cost him one of his peepers.
"He's kind of bored!" Jackson added with a laugh. "He doesn't go in the field and do a lot of stuff. He's doing threat assement and there's not a lot of ways to do that that are exciting."
Before he immerses himself in the fantastic, however, Nick Fury sees the world through a different lens (not to mention through two eyes). His gruffness that will later help him whip the Avengers into shape has yet to take form because he hasn't seen enough about the universe yet.
"[He's] not as jaded about the world yet. He hasn’t grown into his cynicism quite yet," he said to SYFY WIRE during a set visit last May. "He’s not burdened by the weight of the world the way he is [today], and he hasn’t come to resent the powers that be in terms of how they view the world and how they view what he does."
Once Carol broadens his horizons, what's the next step?
"His next challenge is convincing them that we do need to enlist people who have extraordinary gifts that can help us defend not just the country, but the world."
Captain Marvel opens in theaters everywhere March 8.