|“||Man, heading S.H.I.E.L.D. is like being the Pope, the Queen and the President of the United States all rolled into one, Doctor Banner.||„|
|~ Ultimate Marvel Nick Fury, Jr.|
|“||My name is Staff Sergeant Marcus Johnson, 2nd Battalion, Army Rangers. That's Cheese, my best friend. And even faced with the end of the world...rangers lead the way.||„|
|~ Nick Fury, Jr.|
|“||Unreasonable? I don't do emotions. I'm a spy, not an actor.||„|
|~ Prime Universe Nick Fury, Jr.|
Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Fury, Jr., otherwise known by his real name as Marcus Johnson, is a fictional character and hero in comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is one of an unknown sons of Nick Fury, a former Army hero, super-spy, and later director of the intelligence agency known as the S.H.I.E.L.D. In the Ultimate Marvel comics of Earth-1610, he is not the son of Nick Fury, and is a military colonel.
In the Earth-1610 comics, he was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Allred, and in Earth-616 comics, he was created by Cullen Bunn, Christopher Yost, Matt Fraction and Scot Eaton. In the Ultimates comics, he first appeared in Ultimate Marvel Team-Up # 5 in August of 2001, and in the Prime Universe, he first appeared in Battle Scars # 1 in January of 2012.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he is portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson, who also played Zeus Carver, Mace Windu, Frozone and Whiplash. Ben Mendelsohn (who plays Talos in the MCU) also played the character disguised, in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
In the Middle East, Nick Fury, Jr. is told that his mother, Nia Jones, has been previously killed by the men in his country while serving. He went back home and is attacked by her murderers, including the amoral supervillain called Taskmaster, but Captain America rescued him from the dangerous attempts. The agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. arrive and send him to their base. After a while, Marcus comes to feel that he is being held there to oppose his own will and apparently escapes. So he goes away and is caught again by Taskmaster.
In order to access and obtain information, a masked man saves him and escapes. He catches up to his father, who is supposedly identified by his real name as Nick Fury. He and his father are hopelessly captured by Orion, a former member of Leviathan who has the left eye of Marcus cut off and confirms that he has his only DNA containing the Infinity Formula. Nick Fury breaks his restraints and gives his son enough time to immediately escape, but is captured and his blood transfused to Orion until his youth is restored.
Orion's transfusion drains Nick Fury of the remaining Infinity Formula in his DNA. Marcus Johnson rescues his father with the assistance of Phil Coulson and surely defeats and slays Orion as a satisfying way to victory. Following the convalescing, Marcus Johnson is given the super-soldier uniform that Steve Rogers wore as Captain America. Also, he is now informed that his birth name is "Nicholas J. Fury Jr." and become a new member of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marcus Johnson is the son of Nick Fury, Sr. and Nia Jones, but wouldn't know this until years later. Johnson would join the United States Army Rangers, and served in Afghanistan with his best friend Phil "Cheese" Coulson.
Learning his Origins
After surviving a massive battle, Johnson received word that his mother had died, and he returned to Atlanta to attend her funeral, an event also secretly attended by Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter. After her funeral, Johnson visited her house, which had been looted during the riots, and discovered that her death was a deliberate murder.
Upon exiting the house, he and the police officer accompanying him came under fire from a sniper, and were attacked by Russian mercenaries. Though Marcus was able to defeat them, Taskmaster arrived and attempted to kill him, but Captain America and a small army arrived and saved him. Johnson was then taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, but he escaped and tracked his mother's assassin Orion.
It was revealed Orion wanted Marcus because he was Nick Fury's son, and his blood had the Infinity Formula, which could restore Uvarov to his former self. Johnson later defeated Leviathan with the help of his father, Cheese and the Avengers, and was told his real name was Nicholas Fury, Jr. Afterward, Johnson became an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a member of the Secret Avengers initiative.
Nicholas Joseph Fury was born in the early twentieth century, and fought in World War II. During the invasion of Sicily, he along with Private Fisk and paratrooper James Howlett attempted to loot a house, but were arrested by the American Military Police. Fury was imprisoned in an unknown location alongside several other black men and Howlett, despite protests that he was Canadian.
Fury was selected to be the next test subject of Project Rebirth, as his blood work most closely matched that of subject 22, the most successful of the previous test subjects. Fury was injected with a serum that gave him superhuman abilities, which he used to free himself and the other prisoners, who then escaped.
After attending college in India, Fury enlisted into the military and participated in the Kosovo Wars, and was later assigned to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Weapon X program in the Gulf War. While transporting Wolverine, an Iraqi guerrilla ambush freed Howlett from his cage, and slaughtered all of the Iraqi fighters. Fury survived the ambush, but lost his eye and afterward would have to wear an eye patch. Wolverine carried Fury through the desert back to allied forces, and was thanked for his work by being caged once again. Despite this, Fury and Wolverine forged a strong bond.
The bond between the two proved beneficial to the X-Men years later when they were imprisoned by the Weapon X program. Wolverine contacted Fury for help, and the agent appeared with a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and shot Colonel Wraith. Fury was later promoted to the rank of general by the current President, and moved S.H.I.E.L.D.'s main base to the Triskelion in the New York harbor.
Powers and Abilities
First of all, Nick Fury, Jr. does not have superhuman skills, but with the peak conditioning from his time with the US Army Rangers, the branch of the US Military. Since his birth, he inherited the Infinity Formula of his father, slowing his age down and increasing the speed of his healing time per duration. In the Ultimate Marvel comics, Fury was the test subject of Project Rebirth, and was injected with a serum that gave him superhuman abilities.
- Infinity Formula: Fury was born with the Infinity Formula in his blood, which grants him limited immortality and peak human abilities.
- Limited Immortality: His aging has been stopped due to the formula.
- Peak Human Condition: Through the effects of the Infinity Formula, Fury has peak human abilities and that far beyond human potential.
- Peak Human Strength: Fury's strength is at the peak of human potential, and with his special battle suit, Marcus's strength was further enhanced.
- Peak Human Speed: Fury's speed is at the peak human level, being able to run at speeds of thirty miles per hour.
- Peak Human Durability: Fury is more resilient to physical and mental trauma than a normal human, being able to survive hits from beings with super strength.
- Peak Human Stamina: Fury's has peak human stamina, as he shows no fatigue and can stay on his feet for hours.
- Peak Human Agility: Fury has shown remarkable acrobatic prowess.
- Artificially Enhanced Physiology: After being injected with a prototype version of the Super Soldier serum that was given to Captain America, Fury's physical and mental abilities were enhanced beyond the peak of human potential.
- Superhuman Strength: Fury gained super strength, being presumably comparable to Captain America.
- Enhanced Speed: Fury's speed was enhanced above a normal human, being comparable to Captain America.
- Superhuman Durability: Fury can take physical injury and impact greater than a normal human being.
- Enhanced Agility: Fury gained enhanced agility, with his balance bodily coordination being empowered beyond natural physical limits.
- Enhanced Reflexes: Fury's reflexes are above normal human abilities.
- Enhanced Stamina: Fury gained enhanced stamina, and shows no fatigue in battle.
- Superhuman Healing: Due to the formula, Fury is able to heal broken bones, torn muscles, and other wounds and injuries.
- Enhanced Senses: Fury's senses have been augmented to higher levels, as he can hear, see and smell things better than normal humans.
- Leadership: Fury is capable leader, as he was the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. at one time, and also led the Ultimates and the Ultimate Avengers.
- Marksmanship: Due to his military training, Fury shows himself to be expert marksman, and is skilled in throwing weapons and firearms.
- Master Martial Artist: Fury is a master martial artist and master combatant, receiving training in the military and possibly from S.H.I.E.L.D. trainers.
- In the Ultimate Avengers films, he was voiced by Andre Ware.
- Ware voiced the character in the 2005 video game, Fantastic Four.
- In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he is portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson.
- In Iron Man: Armored Adventures, he was voiced by Dean Redman.
- In Super Hero Squad, he was voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson.
- In Wolverine & the X-Men and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, he was voiced by Alex Désert.
- In the Marvel Animated Universe, he was voiced by Chi McBride.
- McBride reprised his voice for the character in Avengers Assemble, Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload.
- In X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, he was voiced by Khary Payton, who also played Ezekiel in The Walking Dead, voices Cyborg in numerous media, and also voiced Knox in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man, he was voiced by Dave Fennoy.
- In Marvel Heroes, he was voiced by Keith David.
- Ultimate Nick Fury's appearance was originally going to be modeled after Morgan Freeman.
- Samuel L. Jackson originally didn't give consent for Marvel to base his appearance off of Nick Fury, and they later offered him an opportunity to play Nick Fury in their planed movies, which lead to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.