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Nick Fury Jr.

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Nick Fury Jr.
Artwork for the cover of Nick Fury #1 (April 2017). Art by Bill Sienkiewicz.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceBattle Scars #1 (January 2012)
Created byMatt Fraction
Chris Yost
Scot Eaton
Cullen Bunn
Paul Neary
In-story information
Alter egoMarcus Johnson
Team affiliationsS.H.I.E.L.D.
Secret Avengers
United States Army
75th Ranger Regiment
PartnershipsPhil Coulson
Teresa Parker
Notable aliasesMarcus Johnson, Sgt. Johnson, Nick Fury
AbilitiesSkilled spy

Nicholas Joseph "Nick" Fury Jr. (Marcus Johnson) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a son and successor of former U.S. Army hero/super-spy and the intelligence agency S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury.[1] The character first appeared in Battle Scars #1 (January 2012), which was written by Matt Fraction, Chris Yost, and Cullen Bunn, and penciled by Scot Eaton.

Publication history[edit]

The character was introduced in the debut issue of the miniseries Battle Scars (January 2012), which was written by Matt Fraction, Chris Yost, and Cullen Bunn, and penciled by Scot Eaton. The character bears a strong resemblance to the Ultimate Marvel version of Nick Fury and the Marvel Cinematic Universe incarnation as portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson;[2] the Ultimate version's appearance was based on that of Jackson before the actor's portrayal in the films.[3]

Nick Fury Jr. appears in the 2013 Secret Avengers series by Nick Spencer and Luke Ross.[4]

In January 2017, Marvel announced that the character would get his first ongoing solo series named Nick Fury.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

In 2023 the character was the co-main character of the double sized one-shot Fury published to commemorate the character Nick Fury's 60th anniversary.[12]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Nick Fury Jr. in Battle Scars #6 (April 2012). Art by Scot Eaton.

Marcus Johnson was raised in Atlanta, Georgia, by his mother Nia Jones. At the age of 18, Marcus passed on numerous college football scholarships in order to enlist in the US Army, serving in Iraq. After his enlistment, he earned a degree in philosophy from the University of Georgia. Marcus then re-enlisted in the Army, achieving the rank of staff sergeant.[13]

While serving in Afghanistan with 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Marcus is told that his mother was murdered back in the United States. He returns home and is attacked by the men who killed his mother, and by Taskmaster, but is saved by Captain America. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents arrive and take him to one of their facilities; after a while Johnson, comes to feel he is being held there against his will and escapes,[14] but is caught by Taskmaster once again. Before he can obtain any information, a man in a mask saves him, but then flees. Johnson catches up to the man, who is revealed to be his father, Nick Fury.[15] Fury and Johnson are then captured by the organization Leviathan's former member Orion, who has Johnson's left eye cut out and confirms that Johnson has the Infinity Formula in his DNA, which has given Fury his long lifespan. Fury helps Johnson escape, but Fury himself has his blood transfused to Orion so Orion's youth can be restored, draining Fury's remaining Infinity Formula. Johnson saves Fury with the help of his Ranger friend Phil Coulson, and later kills Orion. After convalescing, Johnson is given Steve Rogers's Super Soldier uniform to wear. As a new agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., he is also informed of his birth name, Nick Fury Jr.[16]

Fury and Coulson make a cameo appearance in Scarlet Spider #5,[17] and are part of the framing sequence in Marvel NOW! Point One.[18]

In a 2013 storyline as part of the Marvel NOW! branding, Nick, Coulson, and Maria Hill form the S.H.I.E.L.D. version of the Secret Avengers with Hawkeye and Black Widow. Fury is involved in their first mission, which involved fighting a group of al-Qaeda terrorists.[19] Fury then joins the Secret Avengers to raid Bagalia in order to recruit Taskmaster. While the Secret Avengers are fighting the Masters of Evil, Fury manages to pay off Crossfire to free Taskmaster from his imprisonment.[20]

During the 2014 "AXIS" storyline, Nick was with S.H.I.E.L.D. when the organization has gathered Captain America to discuss what was to become of the Red Skull, now that the Stark Sentinels had been dismantled and the concentration camps torn down. Fury tried to convince Sam Wilson to hand him over. But under the inversion spell's influence, Wilson was violent and punched him before leaving.[21]

During the 2016 "Civil War II" storyline, Fury is on a mission to neutralize a Hydra cell that is posing as a S.H.I.E.L.D. squadron. One of the visions of the Inhuman Ulysses Cain, which were believed to predict the future, indicated that the Hydra cell would launch a deadly attack on S.H.I.E.L.D. When heading to a base in Arizona, Fury is attacked by actual agents, instead of Hydra infiltrators as suspected. In order to find the traitors, Fury fakes his death and goes into hiding.[22] His investigation takes him to the S.H.I.E.L.D. base Ulu in Alaska,[23] where he encounters the unknown mastermind behind the plot, who then escapes.[24] Upon infiltrating the base Ogma, Fury downloads classified data,[25] which leads him to the underground base Kratos, where he encountered a rogue Life Model Decoy of his father named Leader, who states that Cain's prediction does not involve the Hydra cell, and that it will cost him his life. Leader learns about Cain's abilities, and wants to neutralize Fury in order to take over S.H.I.E.L.D. In order to stop Leader, Nick destroys a central support beam that collapses Kratos, killing Leader.[26] Upon surviving the collapse, Nick salvages Leader's head so that he can hack it and learn how he discovered his plan. Nick forgives Hill for sending him on a mission that would've resulted in his death, and states that he is not ready to return to S.H.I.E.L.D. yet.[27]

Upon his return to S.H.I.E.L.D. as a top-ranking agent, Fury infiltrates the French Riviera, where he ends up in a cat-and-mouse game with Hydra Agent Frankie Noble.[28]

In the aftermath of the 2017 "Secret Empire" story line, S.H.I.E.L.D. was disbanded but Fury continued to work as an independent operative. Fury observes Frank Castle slay every Hydra agent in an abandoned warehouse as a way to atone for siding with Hydra.[29] Fury then gives Castle access to the War Machine armor for a deniable operation against a rogue Eastern European state caught using old S.H.I.E.L.D. resources.[30] Later he imprisons Ripley Ryan (aka Star) bearer of the Reality Gem.[31]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Nick Fury Jr. initially appears to have no superhuman qualities but he inherited his father's Infinity Formula at birth, slowing his aging process, speeding his healing time, and granting him peak human physical fitness.[16]

Fury was trained in espionage under Maria Hill.[32]


The reaction by comic book fans to the revelation of Marcus Johnson being Nick Fury's son and replacing his father has been mixed.[2][33][34] Tom Brevoort, Marvel's Vice President of publishing, believed this was a prudent move by Marvel because the African American incarnation appears in films, animated shows, and other licensed adaptations.[35]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Battle Scars #5. Marvel Comics.
  2. ^ a b "Out With The Old And In With The New: Black Nick Fury Jnr. Comes To 616 – But Is There Still A Place For His Pop's?". Bad Haven. 2012-04-27. Archived from the original on 2012-04-29.
  3. ^ Larsuel, Kamal. "Copyright Kamal Larsuel, 2005". Samuel L. Jackson Official Website. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2008-05-14.
  4. ^ Richards, Dave (14 October 2012). "NYCC: Spencer's "Secret Avengers" are the Newest Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  5. ^ Marston, George (January 5, 2017). "NICK FURY Returns For First Solo Ongoing". Newsarama.
  6. ^ Marnell, Blair (January 6, 2017). "MARVEL GIVES NICK FURY A NEW ONGOING SERIES". Nerdist Industries. Archived from the original on January 29, 2019. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  7. ^ Wilding, Josh (5 January 2017). "Nick Fury Is Getting His Own "Psychedelic" Ongoing Series Later This Spring". WeGotThisCovered.
  8. ^ Hess, Patrick (January 6, 2017). "NEW NICK FURY ONGOING FROM ROBINSON & ACO". Nothing But Comics. Archived from the original on June 25, 2018. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  9. ^ Jones, Alexander (January 5, 2017). "ACO and Robinson prime Nick Fury Jr. For his First-Ever ongoing series with Steranko-Influenced Intrigue". Comics Beat.
  10. ^ Collins, Elle (January 5, 2017). "ACO Embraces Steranko-Esque Weirdness With James Robinson On 'Nick Fury' #1". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on April 4, 2017.
  11. ^ Adams, Tim (January 5, 2017). "Nick Fury Series Announced from James Robinson and ACO". CBR.com.
  12. ^ Dar, Taimur (February 8, 2023). "Nick Fury Senior and Junior reunite for 60th anniversary one-shot this May". ComicsBeat. Retrieved 2023-08-03.
  13. ^ Battle Scars #2. Marvel Comics (February 2012).
  14. ^ Battle Scars #2. Marvel Comics.
  15. ^ Battle Scars #4. Marvel Comics.
  16. ^ a b Battle Scars #6. Marvel Comics.
  17. ^ Scarlet Spider vol. 2 #5. Marvel Comics.
  18. ^ "Review: Marvel NOW! Point One". Comic Book Resources. 17 October 2012.
  19. ^ Secret Avengers vol. 2 #1. Marvel Comics.
  20. ^ Secret Avengers vol. 2 #2. Marvel Comics.
  21. ^ Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #4. Marvel Comics.
  22. ^ Civil War II: Choosing Sides #1. Marvel Comics.
  23. ^ Civil War II: Choosing Sides #2. Marvel Comics.
  24. ^ Civil War II: Choosing Sides #3. Marvel Comics.
  25. ^ Civil War II: Choosing Sides #4. Marvel Comics.
  26. ^ Civil War: Choosing Sides #5. Marvel Comics.
  27. ^ Civil War II: Choosing Sides #6. Marvel Comics.
  28. ^ Nick Fury #1. Marvel Comics.
  29. ^ Secret Empire Omega #1. Marvel Comics.
  30. ^ Punisher #218. Marvel Comics.
  31. ^ Black Cat Vol 2 #8
  32. ^ MacKay, Jed (w), Vitti, Alessandro (a). "The Rubicon Trigger, Part Five" Taskmaster, vol. 3, no. 5 (May 2021). Marvel Comics.
  33. ^ "Nick Fury Jr: The Disney Mandated Director of SHIELD". Crimson Monkey. 2012-04-25. Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
  34. ^ "Samuel L. Jackson Enters The Marvel Universe: Check Out Marcus Johnson's New Look!". Inside Pulse. 2012-04-25.
  35. ^ Ching, Albert (26 April 2012). "Brevoort on Bringing MARVEL Comics Closer to MARVEL Movies". Newsarama.

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