Before I saw Captain America: Civil War, I thought it was odd that Nick Fury wouldn’t be a part of the story. He has played such a huge part in bringing the Avengers together, why wouldn’t he be there to try to diffuse this situation that the team had found themselves in? After seeing the film, though, the character wasn’t really missed, and I can see how it may have been hard to include him in this story arc.
During an interview with LA Times, writer Christopher Markus explained why they didn’t want Fury to have to pick sides:
“We called [Fury], but he let the line blink. Primarily it felt like one too many possible opinions. We didn’t want him to take one side or the other, because that’s not his place in the universe. And then we didn’t want another, ‘Is he still with the government? Is he opposed to the government but supporting the government?’ It got to be the potential for a lot more polemic discussion that the movie did not have room for. He’s the guy who put it together. He’s been the sort of parent figure to the Avengers. Let the parent go away, and see if the kids can handle this. See if the kids can be who they’re supposed to be without that governing voice. Um… and they didn’t do that good of a job.”
Makes sense to me. Fury will eventually be back. He’s reportedly set to return to the MCU in Thor: Ragnarok, and of course, he’ll be back for Avengers: Infinity War. Writer Stephen McFeely confirmed saying, “I would think…Don’t you assume you’ll see everybody in the Infinity Wars?” Markus then added, “It’s probably all hands on deck.”
I am curious to find out what Fury will think about the events in Captain America: Civil War, so hopefully when we see him again he’ll share his thoughts on that madness.