COMICS: Tom Brevoort Discusses The Marvel Universe's NEW Nick Fury

COMICS: Tom Brevoort Discusses The Marvel Universe's NEW Nick Fury

It looks like the cigar chomping Nick Fury that we all know and love will be taking a back seat to the all-new Samuel L. Jackson lookalike introduced this week in Battle Scars #6. Hit the jump for more on his new role and the decision to introduce "Nick Fury Jr." to the 616 Universe.

Talking to Newsarama, Marvel senior vice president of publishing Tom Brevoort has addressed the controversial introduction of "Nick Fury Jr." into the Marvel Universe. In Battle Scars, Marcus Johnson was revealed to be the son of Nick Fury, and by the end of issue #6 he had not only discovered that his name was really Nick Fury Jr., but also gained an eye patch, goatee and striking resemblance to Samuel L. Jackson. While the Fury who appears in Marvel's The Avengers was based on the one in The Ultimates created by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch, Brevoort explains here why they decided to create a 616 version of the character. To read the interview in full, in which he discusses where Nick Fury Jr. will next appear as well as the decision to introduce Agent Coulson and much more, be sure to click on the link below to head on over to the site.

"I don't know that he's going to be more around than he has been. I don't know that necessarily he's going to be around less. He's certainly appearing regularly in Ed [Brubaker]'s Winter Soldier series. There's been talk about Matt [Fraction] using him over in Defenders. And obviously we're doing the Fury MAX series — it's MAX, so it's set aside from Marvel continuity, but it's the classic incarnation of the character."

"I don't think, necessarily, the advent of Marcus-Nick Fury means, inevitably, that you're looking at the demise of classic Nick Fury. You'll no doubt tend to see more of new Nick than older Nick in the days ahead. But honestly, even the roles that I see them playing are a little bit different from one another. For whatever reason, and it probably had a lot to do with the fact that he stopped being the star of his own series, when he was initially conceived, Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a guy who strapped on some Steranko gear and went out and mixed it up with Hydra agents and A.I.M. guys. By the inevitably of not having a book of his own, over the last 10 or 20 years, Nick's role has generally been to knock on a superhero's door, and say, "Hey, superhero, I have a mission for you," and be a very easy way to get a character into a story that they otherwise wouldn't be connected to. Much more of a supporting player role."

"In terms of where "Marcus" Fury is set up at the end of Battle Scars, he's not the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., he is an agent. In my perfect world, he'll go out there and do all the kinds of stuff that Nick used to do back in the day. He won't be a guy that'll show up with a mission for a superhero, he'll be on a mission and team up with a superhero. That means you can still have old Nick in that role that he's been playing. It is kind of a way to eat our cake and have it too."

"Ultimately, new Nick comes from the publishing world to begin with, he just comes by a circuitous route, starting in the Ultimate Universe, and then winding through the films and animation, to come back to Marvel publishing. But any time it seems like what we're doing is following the lead of other divisions, our fans just have a hard time accepting it. They don't like it. It's always kind of a dicey thing when you're shifting things up this way, but to me the challenge is, "Make new Nick an interesting, viable character. Don't just make him a clone of old Nick in blackface and a goatee, make him a character unto himself." The good thing about new Nick is, at least at this point, he's had very little interaction with any of the characters in the Marvel Universe, so you've got the opportunity to introduce him to Spider-Man, and to Daredevil, and to Iron Man, to Thor, and the Hulk and everybody — and get a different perspective, and let him have a different set of experiences than the ones that older Nick had, and hopefully create some interesting story possibilities and directions for things moving ahead."

"We're definitely going to do more with the character; we're definitely going to do more with Coulson in the months and weeks ahead."

While the reasoning is sound, this still feels like an extremely forced and unnecessary addition to the Marvel Universe. The fact that the already established version of Nick Fury will seemingly be made even less of a prominent part of goings on than he is already, will surely upset long time fans. How do you feel about all of this? Sound off with your thoughts in the usual place.

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Filed Under "Marvel Comics" 4/26/2012 Source: Newsarama
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DeadHubris - 4/26/2012, 5:04 PM
No! Please bring back the Old One. He is Way better than him.
SotNatt - 4/26/2012, 5:06 PM
...Can he still cigar chomp? :(
revloveR - 4/26/2012, 5:07 PM
get ready for the race bating whambulance.
BANE5000 - 4/26/2012, 5:09 PM
Pardon my language if anyone gets offended: So if white Nick Fury is his father, what black character in the MU is his mother?

drykillogic22 - 4/26/2012, 5:09 PM
Been reading Comics a looong time and i never had any interest in 616 Fury. Like Ultimates version much better. I did like to see 616 NF and Wolvie interact
jarel93 - 4/26/2012, 5:12 PM
New readers are going to be so confused, honestly. Especially those who started reading because of the movies. This is a bad and stupid move on Marvel's part.
TheDpool - 4/26/2012, 5:12 PM
And so it begins...
Gmoney84 - 4/26/2012, 5:12 PM
He has a white father and black mother? He sure is black. This seems very forced.
superotherside - 4/26/2012, 5:13 PM
Awesome. I really loved Battle Scars. People who haven't read Battle Scars have don't have any reason to hate the character because they haven't read it.
TonyChu - 4/26/2012, 5:17 PM
This felt so god damn forced its funny. I myself am a black man but I feel that the 616 Nick Fury was just fine as is.
TonyChu - 4/26/2012, 5:18 PM
@ JunyaWeenieSnatch8008 What the [frick] is up with your avatar?
jbak368 - 4/26/2012, 5:20 PM
I say this provides an opening for an inclusion of the original Nick Fury in the Marvel Movie-verse. He could have led S.H.I.E.L.D. before Sam Jackson Fury.
neopunch - 4/26/2012, 5:23 PM

DoodPool - 4/26/2012, 5:25 PM
Nick Fury was kind of a bland character albiet important for archs such as civil war where he became a lot more interesting. I thought his transition to ultimates was seemless and made him a more interesting character.

It makes sense to introduce this new character to the main marvel continuity as new readers will need to see a proper parrelell of ultimates nick fury, and original nick fury, that should give them an appreciation for both.
BlindLemonShemp - 4/26/2012, 5:30 PM
slowly all the Ultimate universe will replace 616 and then we'll have... The 'New' Marvel U!

i liked white fury... i just can't take the other one seriously
revloveR - 4/26/2012, 5:32 PM
RIP star-burns.
OdinsBeard - 4/26/2012, 5:42 PM
wow way to be sterotypical marvel - a black guy who grew up without a father - get your minds out of the gutter...
StuckInPanels - 4/26/2012, 6:03 PM
in the words of Douchey McNitpick...."THAT WAS FORCED"
superman7 - 4/26/2012, 6:08 PM
does he look like a bitch?
superman7 - 4/26/2012, 6:09 PM
venkman9993592 - 4/26/2012, 6:11 PM
I'm black, and I do not approve of this switch-a-roo.
kevberg - 4/26/2012, 6:16 PM
I don't like the idea of pandering a character to ANY actor. It's not smart in the long run.

I understand doing in the short term, but they may come to regret that move. ESPECIALLY if they have to pay SAM or they have a falling out and sues them. Not saying that will happen, but you can see where it could lead.
AlSimmons - 4/26/2012, 6:17 PM
Oh. Great. Regular Nick is getting phased out cuz they have to match up to the black Nick from the movies. I have no problem with them changing his skin for a different medium. This, however, is just friggin racist. There's just no love for whitey anymore. POWER TO THE PASTY PEOPLE!
TonyChu - 4/26/2012, 6:21 PM
@ revloveR Yeah dude what the hell, is he really dead?
maito - 4/26/2012, 6:25 PM
there is an african america super soldier and he come out before capitan america.

but back to the topic, which more characters are going to suffer mayor changes or death?

ahhh.....the movieverse is really affecting the other universes.

MidNightWind - 4/26/2012, 6:41 PM
This is all because of the Avengers Movie, you think they're going to do the same thing with Amazing Spider-man? like give spidey a new outfit or some new story involving the Lizard or better yet bring Gwen Stacy back?
TonyChu - 4/26/2012, 6:46 PM
@ maito You must be talking about Isaiah Bradley.
13echo - 4/26/2012, 7:03 PM
I always thought Fury look a lot like Mr. Fantastic with a patch and no razor so I do like the "New Nick" but this is just to cash in on the movies...
NosferatuZodd - 4/26/2012, 7:11 PM
so sick of the comic industry and their p.c. liberal pandering bullsh*t
NosferatuZodd - 4/26/2012, 7:14 PM
@maito. Isaiah Bradley was after Captain America/Steve Rodgers.
DocDangerous - 4/26/2012, 7:20 PM

I see what you did there lol.
Midorisama - 4/26/2012, 7:20 PM
"Don't just make him a clone of old Nick in blackface and a goatee" doesn't that sound alittle racist?
sharkman03191 - 4/26/2012, 7:21 PM
Not necessary, but whatever.
AUSSYACE - 4/26/2012, 7:36 PM
Killed Off an original marvel character all because someone had no original ideas and thought he should look like samjack...

zeonsdemon - 4/26/2012, 7:46 PM
i am officially disgusted. i honestly just thought i was about to puke. i dont think i can even register the amount of hate i have. dc you lost me at the half assed reboot, and marvel i dont even have words for you. youve both made my comic expenses even cheaper
asdalhjljh - 4/26/2012, 8:17 PM
wow..."in blackface and a goatee?"

I think he means "in JACKface" like "in Samuel L. Jackson's face."

He's a mushroom cloud droppin' muthaf*cka, muthaf*cka.
cmax - 4/26/2012, 8:25 PM
[frick]ing hillaire
GLprime2814 - 4/26/2012, 8:36 PM
So is 616 Peter Parker going to get replaced by miles morales next?
ManThing - 4/26/2012, 8:50 PM
"forced and unnecessary" is actually being very very kind
TheHood - 4/26/2012, 9:27 PM
White Nick Fury is not dead. For all you slow people. Hes just doing what he always does, working from the shadows. While his son is starting out as a promising agent of SHIELD.
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