What Spider-Man’s Exit from the MCU Means for Nick Fury

There are plenty of questions regarding Spider-Man’s (Tom Holland) shocking exit from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and one of those mysteries concerns Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) future. With Marvel no longer holding the rights to Peter Parker, his journey might be at an end in the MCU. But that does not mean we have seen the last of Fury and the Skrulls. Here’s everything we know about what’s ahead for Fury.

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Marvel’s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) | Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Spider-Man says goodbye to the MCU

Marvel fans are still coping with the fact that Spider-Man has left the MCU. The character’s departure happened because Disney could not re-negotiate a contract extension with Sony Pictures, which still owns Spidey’s rights.

According to Screen Rant, Disney wanted to change the terms of the original contract but Sony rejected their offer. The contract talks quickly collapse and Spider-Man was officially booted from the MCU.

Fans are still hoping that the studios can still work something out, but it is not looking good. Sony recently revealed that the “door is closed” on a Spider-Man deal.

This sadly means that Spider-Man will probably not appear in any future Marvel films, including any future ensembles. But given the character’s popularity, there is a good chance that we’ll get a few more Spider-Man movies – and we can only hope that Holland returns for them.

Holland appeared in two solo movies as Spider-Man in Phase 3 of the MCU. This includes Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home. The actor also had cameos as Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.

What about Nick Fury?

At the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home, we learned that a Skrull was actually impersonating Fury in the movie. The real Fury was also shown working on a secret base in space with the Skrulls, which could be the S.W.O.R.D. installation from the comics.

Luckily, Spider-Man’s departure does not mean Fury’s storyline will end as well. Marvel still owns the rights to Fury and the Skrulls, so whatever they have planned will likely proceed in a future movie.

That said, there is a chance that Marvel was planning on addressing the Skrull situation in a future Spider-Man flick, which would obviously be problematic now that the character is out of the MCU.

If that is the case, then the studio will have to figure out a way to incorporate Fury’s project into another film, like the upcoming Captain Marvel sequel. Fitting it into a different film in Phase 4 would be difficult, especially considering how most of them have already been mapped out.

Whatever happens, Fury’s story will probably not develop any further until after Phase 4 is over. It is unclear if this is what Marvel was planning all along, but it is good to know that we haven’t seen the last of Jackson’s Fury.

Where was Fury at the end of ‘Far From Home’?

One of the biggest mysteries about Fury’s storyline concerns his secret space lab that was shown in the post-credits scene in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Fans have speculated that the lab is actually the S.W.O.R.D. base, though there is no telling for sure.

The view from Fury’s window only shows a bunch of stars, so the station could be anywhere in the cosmos.

More than likely, the lab is orbiting Earth, as Fury would likely remain close to his home planet, which he has sworn to protect.

We also know for sure that the real Fury was on Earth when Thanos (Josh Brolin) snapped his fingers in Infinity War. After all, he did not turn back to a Skrull when he turned to dust at the end of the film.

Beyond that, we have no idea what Fury is working on or why he is using the Skrulls to make it happen. We can only hope that Marvel will give us some answers in Phase 4, which kicks off with Black Widow next year.

The Eternals, starring Angelina Jolie and Richard Madden, premieres in November of 2020 and could be another opportunity to get some updates on Fury. But for now, all we can do is wait.

Tom Holland is contracted for three Spider-Man movies, but Sony has yet to make any announcements about a third film.