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.

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By Josh Wilding - 12/22/2012

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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Maximillion - 12/22/2012, 3:32 PM
Black Fury.....Funny ;) .....I like both Black and White Fury. Sam did a great job in the Avengers, really brought the character to life.
DioFoRio - 12/22/2012, 3:35 PM
I like em all. I want to see an Asian version. Nickuh Fulley.
Fogs - 12/22/2012, 4:00 PM
Totally ridiculous. Just to tie-in with the movies.

Lame x1000.
Spyder - 12/22/2012, 4:05 PM
I call BS on the idea that the 616 new Fury hasn't got anything to do with the Samuel L Jackson Fury from the MCU. And the 616 Agent Coulson didn't have anything to do with Clark Gregg? Why bother making an excuse? I'd be happy if they just said that they wanted to make their comic universe more in line with the movie universe.
KeefNCookies - 12/22/2012, 4:06 PM
SPOILERS!




OG Nick Fury JUST showed up in the Ultimate Universe too (Ultimates v5 #19). And I quote... "He's known to Hydra as Scorpio -- But we know him by his real name. Nick Fury." Ba Boom! Will wonders never cease? Original Nick Fury FTW!
CaptainObvious - 12/22/2012, 4:12 PM
"Marcus is not the Samuel L. Jackson Nick Fury."
Just like how Spider-Man totally did not start wearing his black suit again just because Spider-Man 3 came out.
Ragnaroknroll - 12/22/2012, 4:14 PM
Totally lame. He's black, related to the real Nick Fury and just so happens to wear an eye patch over the exact same eye. I love Marvel but come on! I don't understand why he just can't exist in the Ultimates Universe.
Visualiza - 12/22/2012, 4:17 PM
Not too adept at tip-toeing around questions, Axel, but thanks anyway.

It doesn't bother me either way; personally I've always viewed Fury as one of those throw away characters regardless. Just call it like it is, though.
jimoakley666 - 12/22/2012, 4:39 PM
United [frick]ing colours of Fury going on at Marvel. Let's have a blue one. And a purple one too.
XavierLehnsherr - 12/22/2012, 4:40 PM
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gunner - 12/22/2012, 4:44 PM
It's a Joke....
Tho i like the "New Nick Fury"...
The old was better and alot deeper...
They couldn't create a great Black Superhero , so lifted one of the greatest to fit their needs... DUMB!
johnblake - 12/22/2012, 5:30 PM
everybody trippin for no reason. all they did was change his character model to look like the movie one. hes eventually is gona have the same personality as the old school one eventually. it is really not a big deal. and anybody who thinks it about race is retarded. its about enticing fans to a familar looking character. besides they already created A powerful black new character. THE BLUE MARVEL. he is a freakin beast.
spiderclone - 12/22/2012, 5:40 PM
ya know i always thought marcus fury. was jackson fury and accepted it as that, as the universes merging like spidermen, but now im confused like [frick]
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 12/22/2012, 5:54 PM
@gunner, You got a full size pic of your avatar? What are you wearing? Is that the Captain America Hoodie or what?
JDUKE25 - 12/22/2012, 6:10 PM
I just wish Jackson would have worn a suit like that one on the right, or something similar to that, instead of wearing that blasted black trenchcoat the entire freakin movie. Never saw him as Nick Fury.
ATrueHero1987 - 12/22/2012, 6:12 PM
If they wanted another "African American player" in the Marvel Universe, why not just create an original character?!
superotherside - 12/22/2012, 6:23 PM
I like both. Battle Scars was great.
Roninidas - 12/22/2012, 6:39 PM
Me thinks the only person that should be worried is Maria Hill as Nick Fury Jr. will be gunning for her job one day, lol.
marvel72 - 12/22/2012, 7:00 PM
that first image of white nick fury looks f*ckin awesome really nice artwork.
PenditaMarah - 12/22/2012, 7:12 PM
Hah.that's why marvel comic sucks.DC's new 52 is the best.
Robert - 12/22/2012, 7:29 PM
Samuel Jackson did a great job in The Avengers. I can't wait to see him again in The Avengers 2.
KeefNCookies - 12/22/2012, 7:45 PM
@PenditaMarah
Uh...

No.

1st, if THIS is the reason, then on a personal level... major fail (keep in mind I was not a fan of Battle Scars or Marcus Fury).

2nd, while Marvel NOW! leaves a lot to be desired, the only thing DCnU has a leg up on Marvel is the consistency of artwork. Other than that, the New52 leaves far more wanting as a whole.

Of course, this is just me. But seriously,

No.
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 12/22/2012, 8:39 PM
@DatScarletPimPerNeLL, Quite surprisingly, yes. I believe Lexington Steele portrayed him in the 2012 Avengers Porn Parody.... Er... I mean, I don't [frick]ing know, I'm not some geeky virgin who watches porn....
OrganizedChaos - 12/22/2012, 9:28 PM
I call him "Marcus Fury"

Marvel should've just went ahead and called him that over "Nick Fury Jr." That just sounds too corny....
mgeoff88 - 12/22/2012, 9:58 PM
I'm happy we got such a bad ass Nick Fury on the big screen.
Darth258 - 12/22/2012, 11:37 PM
It's evident it was made it to link it to the movies, i don't see why it's so hard for editors to admit that.
KeefNCookies - 12/23/2012, 5:25 AM
@ELgUaSoN
Some time back, they did this with the Ultimate Universe (NOT Ultimates v5 #19 as previously mentioned above) where Fury had an image inducer and used the 616 Fury image for a few issues. I thought it was a clever way of paying homage, and was used as strategic cover. I think it'd be acceptable if they did something like when he needs to sneak around in public.
LEEE777 - 12/23/2012, 6:09 AM
Knew this was coming, this or MARVEL doing their own 52!

:P

Its cool, its comics and S.H.I.E.L.D is a big organization, room for lots of 'em!

Yo @ JOSH!

LEEE777 - 12/23/2012, 6:11 AM
Sweet find, thumbs up
LEEE777 - 12/23/2012, 6:13 AM
On another note hopefully the Ultimate comics will die out and stick with the real deal... 616!
PenditaMarah - 12/23/2012, 10:43 AM
Keefnookies

Everytime I read marvel comics,it makes me angry...how they messed up the spider-man especially.the only thing that I can comprimise is the black latino spider-man.
avengersleagueofjusticeforamerica - 12/23/2012, 11:21 AM
I'd have to say marvel has just as many good books outas dc does.depends what you're into I guess.
croniccris - 12/24/2012, 5:10 PM
hasselhoff looks like he's trying to speed walk on that cover

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