WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Marvel's Captain Marvel Prelude #1, by Will Corona Pilgrim and Andrea Di Vito, available now.
Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury returned in the post-credits scene of Avengers: Infinity War to send a distress call to Captain Marvel before being turned to dust by the snap of Thanos' fingers. It was a memorable moment that left Marvel Cinematic Universe fans wondering, among other things, where the former S.H.I.E.L.D. director has been since the events of 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Now Marvel has provided the answer.
Out this week, Marvel's Captain Marvel Prelude #1, by Will Corona Pilgrim and Andrea Di Vito, follows Fury and Maria Hill from the end of Age of Ultron through the stinger of Infinity War. Like the previous movie prelude comics, the story is canon, providing an official, if not exactly detailed, account of the past three years.
Although Fury was nowhere to be seen during the events of Captain America: Civil War, it should come as no surprise that he and Hill monitored the conflict, as well as the whereabouts of the Avengers in the aftermath, before going off the grid themselves. Before that, however, Fury makes a cryptic reference to Carol Danvers, assuring Hill that not all heroes will let you down.
Asked whether he has another hero that he hasn't called yet, for a backup plan, Fury replies, "Nah. If we do our job right, we'll never be in position of having to call her." Of course, we know how that works out.
But we learn from the Prelude that Fury didn't go entirely underground. He kept in contact with Steve Rogers and his so-called Secret Avengers -- Natasha Romanoff and Sam Wilson -- who scoured the globe for weapons of mass destruction modified with Chitauri technology. (The implication is that Fury and Hill disposed of the tech Rogers & Co. confiscated.) When Fury skipped over intermediaries to pay a visit to the Secret Avengers, it wasn't only to check in on old friends, but instead press the former Captain America to mend fences with Tony Stark. Hill made the same case to Iron Man, saying, "The world needs the Avengers -- the full roster."
As it turned out, though, the world needed much more than that.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Mar-Vell, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, and Ben Mendelsohn, Lashana Lynch, Algenis Perez Soto, McKenna Grace and Annette Bening. The film arrives March 8, 2019.