Why is Nick Fury black?


Why is Nick Fury black?

General Nicholas Joseph ‘Nick, Fury is a famous character in Marvel Comics. In the actual story, Nick Fury is depicted as a Caucasian American Colonel with grayish brown hair. The character of Nick Fury that is depicted in the action movie of the comic story was bald headed person who is African American general. This movie role was played by Samuel L. Jackson. The character Nick Fury was created by Stan lee and Jack Kirby. He is part of the S.H.I.E.L.D (Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate) working as general. He is portrayed as leader of an efficient U.S Army unit.

Jackson, who is a black, played the role of Fury in 2008 film Iron Man and played as a supporting character in Iron Man 2. Fury character appeared for the first time in Ultimate Marvel Team-Up which is a comic book series. Later his character was shown in Ultimate X-Men. Now, Fury character regularly appears in Ultimate Spider-Man. Then gradually he continued his appearances as general in S.H.I.E.L.D, Ultimates and in Avengers.

The Ultimate series made Jackson to enact for Fury. His role was accepted by the Marvel fans. Hence, the black Jackson is considered for Fury’s character and later found to be apt. This Marvel comic book spy has the goal of fighting terrorism. Nick Fury was introduced as a black man in the series Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #5. Though original Nick Fury differ in his appearance to the Samuel L Jackson’s looks, with Jackson’s permission the character Fury’s appearance was changed exactly as Jackson’s. Jackson is a black American.

In the Iron Man film, Nick played by Jackson explains his role in Avengers which reveals the black version of Nick Fury. Marvel comics generally preferred Caucasian characters in most of its works in its history. As most of the roles of Fury in various movies like Thor, Avengers, Iron Man, Hulk were casted by Samuel L. Jackson, it is wise on the part of Marvel to continue with a black person to play the role of Fury.

Author: Hari M

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2 Responses

  1. Nik

    December 15, 2012 6:57 pm

    The question was, “Why is Nick Fury black?” So, why? As an avid comic reader from the 60’s, I am a Nick Fury fan from his “Howling Commandos” days. Ironically an integrated unit during a war which wasn’t integrated.

    A more plausible explanation would be Nick Fury is a code name for the lead/head agent of SHIELD and it has been passed on. Makes more sense than a politically correct change for stupid reasons.

    Plus it would leave open the option of the original to come back or be referenced in future films/story lines.

    To date Samuel Jackson makes for the best Nick on film so far. David Hasselhoff portrayed Fury in the 1998 Fox television movie Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.


  2. Tom

    March 16, 2014 4:28 pm

    Simple. All media is run by liberals who think adding blacks or gays or women or whatever their current agenda is to shows and movies will somehow make the world a better place. That is why he is black in the movie. Don’t confuse me as a racist, this is just the simple truth. I’m a fan of Samuel L. Jackson, but I wish they would have chosen someone who actually looks like the character rather than trying to push their politics.


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