Late on Friday night, it was confirmed that Samuel L. Jackson will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to play Nick Fury in his own Disney+ TV series. Kyle Bradstreet (Mr. Robot) has been tapped to write and produce the series, so this isn't just a rumour and, in terms of development, it doesn't seem to be too far behind the likes of Moon Knight and Ms. Marvel.
After being overlooked in the last two Avengers movies and being revealed as a Skrull imposter in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Fury has pretty much been on the shelf in the present day since Avengers: Age of Ultron, with only sporadic, fleeing appearances since then.
There has to be a good reason Marvel Studios has kept fans waiting, and it's hard to shake the feeling that Nick Fury's series is going to have major ramifications not just for the former S.H.I.E.L.D. director, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. The groundwork is already seemingly being laid for that in Phase 4, while there are plenty of examples from the comic books of Fury changing, well, everything.
His importance may not have been emphasised in recent years, but that looks set to change. These are all the ways the Nick Fury TV series could chance the MCU forever...