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...
10. Laying The Seeds For A "Secret Invasion"
There have been rumblings about some sort of Secret Invasion TV series for a while, and for those of you unfamiliar with that comic book storyline, it revolved around the shape-shifting Skrulls secretly invading Earth. Over a number of years, they picked off various heroes and replaced them, so that when their invasion did come, The Avengers were massively weakened.
It would make sense for Captain Marvel 2 to serve as a Captain America: Civil War-style Avengers movie adapting Secret Invasion, and Nick Fury is likely to be pivotal in setting the stage for that.
The last time fans saw the former S.H.I.E.L.D. Director, he was chilling in outer space alongside the Skrulls, so when some of them start rebelling or become aware that other members of their species are hiding on Earth, it makes perfect sense for Fury to be caught right in the middle.
Secret Invasion is a huge story, so it needs a prequel of sorts to lay the groundwork, and that would make this show essential viewing as Marvel Studios sets up its next big event.