COMICS: Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso Discusses The Many Nick Fury's Of The Marvel Universe
Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso talks here about the three Nick Fury's currently inhabiting their comics - the classic 616 version, the Samuel L. Jackson inspired Ultimate version and Marcus "Nick Fury Jr." Johnson. Hit the jump for his thoughts on them and how they each relate to the movies.
Not too long ago, Marvel made the unusual decision to introduce a Samuel L. Jackson lookalike Nick Fury to the 616 Universe, despite the fact that the version played by the actor in their Cinematic Universe was inspired by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch's creation from The Ultimates. The classic version of the character has meanwhile faded into the background, leaving a lot of long-time fans more than a little disgruntled. So, how do they all relate to each other and the live action take on the character who most recently appeared in The Avengers. Below is an excerpt from an interview with Comic Book Resources. Be sure to click on the link at the bottom of the page to read it in full!
On a similar track, I made a list of characters that were breakout heroes in the Marvel U, starting with... are we calling him Marcus Johnson still? Or is it just Nick Fury, Jr. now? New Nick Fury?
I refer to him as "Black Fury" because it sounds like a cool Blaxploitation flick. But around here, we haven't really settled on one moniker for him, maybe because the Nick Fury we grew up with -- the guy with the eye patch and graying temples -- is always going to have a place in the Marvel Universe. But Marcus Johnson figures big in the future of the Marvel Universe for sure.
You knew that part of putting this character in play was getting someone in the books that visually synched up with Samuel L. Jackson in the movies. When you were working on "Battle Scars" with Chris Yost and company, what were the ways in which you wanted to make him unique from the movie character as well?
Marcus is not the Samuel L. Jackson Nick Fury. That guy exists already in the Ultimate Universe. He's a new character with a direct blood tie to classic Nick Fury and a role in the Marvel Universe that will come more into focus this year. Yes, his appearance will be friendly to those who gravitate toward the Sam Jackson Fury, but to me what's exciting is that we've got another African American power player in the Marvel Universe.
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