Either Fury Is Lying, Or Captain Marvel Created a Dangerous Plothole
Fans are excited for the upcoming release of ‘Captain Marvel’, but the fact that it’s set in the 90s might create some discrepancies regarding the rest of the MCU movies. The film features a younger Nick Fury, but he said that Thor was the first alien that S.H.I.E.L.D. had ever found, and this accentuates the problem with creating a shared universe while trying to keep the timeline correctly. Let’s analyze this further.
Since the movie is set in the 90s, it’s basically a prequel to everything that we have seen in the MCU, but it features Nick Fury and Phil Coulson. Furthermore, the story should explain why Fury pushed for the Avengers Initiative so much, but if they knew about the existence of such a wonderful heroine, why has she never been mentioned?
Additionally, we are bound to see links to ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, especially because Lee Pace will portray the role of Ronan the Accuser once again, and Djimon Hounsou is back as Korath the Pursuer. There are rumors that we might see the Tesseract too. Therefore, is it possible that this movie will be a huge MCU retcon? How would this work for a universe that is already so instilled in fans’ minds?
The first alien
One of the key problems is the fact that S.H.I.E.L.D. allegedly had no knowledge of the existence of aliens until ‘Thor’ when the God of Thunder was exiled to Earth and mayhem ensued. There is a scene in ‘The Avengers’ when Nick Fury confirms this and states that Thor’s presence changed their whole thinking.
"Last year, Earth had a visitor from another planet who had a grudge match that leveled a small town. We learned that not only are we not alone, but we are hopelessly, hilariously outgunned."
He continues to say that this new knowledge came with the realization that aliens had technology far superior to our own, and they had to find a way to defend the world. The thing is that he insisted that the Asgardians were the first aliens ever, and the rest of the MCU has never contradicted that statement. However, in ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, Fury saw a dead one with blue skin, but they could not learn anything from it.
Later, when Coulson found Sif to ask about the blue aliens, he did not seem surprised when she talked about various other races like the Kree. However, Thor is the first living alien that the organization has ever encountered and understood that they could obliterate the Earth if they wanted. That is a bitter pill to take.
S.H.I.E.L.D.’s weapons came about because of Thor
Nick Fury also stated that S.H.I.E.L.D. changed when the Asgardians revealed themselves, and The World Council told them to research how to stop them. Therefore, the organization had no other option than to pursue the Tesseract Project. After all, HYDRA had proven that the cube could make incredible weapons back in World War II.
Moreover, according to legend, some believed that the Tesseract was Odin’s and Asgard’s power source, so it was the best they had at the time. The films never stated this, but S.H.I.E.L.D. kept the ruined body of the Destroyer for further examination, and the result was Coulson’s weapon used during his encounter with Loki in ‘The Avengers’. It was later seen in the season one finale of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’.
One of Fury’s main beliefs was that all these side-projects were a waste of time, as he was lobbying to get the Avengers Initiate approved by the World Council. The Tesseract project and the Destroyer were just in case the superhero team could not do their work. Therefore, there has never been any indication that Fury was lying when he told them that Thor was the first alien.
Unfortunately, ‘Captain Marvel’ proves that Fury was not being completely forthcoming if he found aliens back in 1995. It’s not even one race of aliens, but two – the Kree and the Skrulls, both of which have incredibly advanced technology and weapons that Earth could only dream of at that time. Furthermore, Nick finds out that the Skrulls can change their forms and live among us normally.
They have infiltrated the government and major organizations. Talos is disguised as Fury’s boss, and even the trailer shows that he will discover the full extent of these races. There is also a scene where he and Captain Marvel steal a Quinjet from Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S., and they fly it towards a spaceship. Therefore, if he learns about all this in the 90s, then why is he lying?
Another question that comes to mind is why S.H.I.E.L.D. waited so long to start building their defenses against aliens? Nick Fury began to move ahead with the Avengers Initiative when Tony Stark was revealed as Iron Man, but no one is in any hurry either. Moreover, even after ‘Thor’, it does not seem like they are upping their technology.
Is there a way to fix this problem?
According to Tony Stark himself, Nick Fury is the ultimate spy. “Even his secrets have secrets." Therefore, it makes sense that Fury is no quick to reveal all his knowledge to just anyone, and those trust issues could have developed during the events of ‘Captain Marvel’ after his boss was replaced by a shape-shifting alien.
It has also been revealed that this story will also explain how Fury lost his eye, so that’s another bad memory of that period. He even says that that was the last time he ever confided in anyone. So Nick knows about the Skrulls, the Kree, and Captain Marvel, but there is a chance that his S.H.I.E.L.D. superiors don’t.
The big fights in ‘Captain Marvel’s will take place in space, and back in 1995, Earth did not have satellite advanced enough to detect those things. It’s likely that no one knew something was going on, and Fury might not have told his bosses about any of it, especially after discovering an impostor among their ranks. Furthermore, this is the kind of information that changes everything.
No matter his reasons, if he really kept everything that happened in 1995 a secret, then he could no reveal it later on when he earned top spots at S.H.I.E.L.D. He knew that they needed to find a way to protect the world, and it must have been frustrating that the World Council could not see things from his perspective.
However, he could not reveal his knowledge for risk of losing his spot, and that could explain why things for S.H.I.E.L.D. changed only when Thor was discovered and destroyed a small town battling the Destroyer. The government had to use a lot of influence and money to cover that incident up, although the council had to be informed.
In the comic ‘Fury’s Big Week’, it’s revealed that the World Council never cared for the Avengers Initiative, as they pushed for the project based on making their own technology like using the Tesseract. That way, they could make weapons as HYDRA did years ago. That would be the perfect way to tie-in Fury’s lie.
He kept all that knowledge a secret even from Maria Hill and Black Widow. Right now, it seems clear that no one other than him knows about the existence of Captain Marvel, but we will have to wait for the release to confirm this. Therefore, Fury did not entirely lie in ‘The Avengers’, but rather, withheld the whole truth from the team. There is no reason to worry anyone when they are dealing with another crisis.
What do you think will happen in ‘Captain Marvel’? Could change everything we know about the MCU? How will they stay true to the plot? If you liked this article, share it with your friends who cannot wait for the first female-driven Marvel film. See you next time!
Source: Screen Rant