During the lead up to Captain America: Civil War, you would not have been alone in thinking that a movie with 12 super powered people and even more supporting cast members could be overstuffed. The combination of returning and new characters meant directors Joe and Anthony Russo had their hands full making sure everyone was used efficiently. While their direction certainly helped, it was Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely who were ultimately responsible for writing the script that would be used. In the end, they did a remarkable job balancing the movie, making every character necessary and their screen-time worthwhile.
This has led to the likes of Hulk, Hank Pym, and Wasp being some of the characters we know were cut out of the movie. One of the other characters that was at one point scheduled to appear was none other than the man that brought the Avengers together initially, Nick Fury. Almost a year ago, Samuel L. Jackson confirmed that he would not appear, but was unsure why this was the case. Well, now the writers have told the LA Times just why Fury did not get involved.
Markus: We called him, but he let the line blink. Primarily it felt like one too many possible opinions. We didn’t want him to take one side or the other, because that’s not his place in the universe. And then we didn’t want another, “Is he still with the government? Is he opposed to the government but supporting the government?” It got to be the potential for a lot more polemic discussion that the movie did not have room for.
He’s the guy who put it together. He’s been the sort of parent figure to the Avengers. Let the parent go away, and see if the kids can handle this. See if the kids can be who they’re supposed to be without that governing voice. Um… and they didn’t do that good of a job.
With him out of Civil War, many had wondered when he could make his next appearance with an old rumor saying Thor: Ragnarok was in the cards. This has since been proven false, but it would surprise a lot of people if he were not there to battle Thanos. The duo would not confirm just that but make it seem very likely that he and many others will appear.
McFeely: I would think.
Markus: It’s probably all hands on deck.
McFeely: Don’t you assume you’ll see everybody in the “Infinity Wars?”
Even though they did not confirm his appearance due to the scripts still being finalized, Jackson confirmed his return for Avengers: Infinity War recently. With the two-parter said to be the culmination of the MCU, it would not surprise me if this is the last appearance of Fury either. Let us know if you want Fury to appear in Infinity War and if he should stick around for Phase 4 and beyond in the comments below!
Source: LA Times.