We're still reeling from all those #Marvel revelations at SDCC this year, and it's taking us a while to really process what Captain Marvel's 90s setting — not to mention the Skrull/Kree war — means for the #MCU. But let's step back for a second from the universe-shaking, game-changing implication that literally anyone in the MCU could secretly be a Skrull... and take it down to just one character's journey.
Joining Carol Danvers in her adventure is one Agent Nick Fury, who will, as was revealed at Comic-Con, have his full 20-20 vision. Many fans are already speculating that Captain Marvel will show us exactly how Fury lost his eye, and the best thing about this isn't just that we'll get some insight into the MCU's most mysterious character, but that this was foreshadowed all the way back in The Winter Soldier.
Trust No-One, Especially Those Close To You
Captain America: The Winter Soldier has aged really, really well. The political commentary is still very pertinent, the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D. still feels fresh, and obviously we're still seeing the consequences of Bucky Barnes being turned into the Winter Soldier. And with Captain Marvel dealing with S.H.I.E.L.D's operations in the 1990s, suddenly a bunch of throwaway lines in The Winter Soldier have become much more meaningful.
Specifically, Fury's comment about the fate of his left peeper. In a conversation with Steve Rogers about trust, transparency, and integrity in S.H.I.E.L.D. missions — Steve really doesn't like being kept in the dark — Fury fires back that sometimes trust can be misplaced:
"Last time I trusted someone I lost an eye"
How Fury lost his eye is only one small mystery in the MCU's many plot threads, but with what we know about Captain Marvel's setting and plot, suddenly this little line of dialogue has become very, very interesting. It would certainly seem to imply that Fury lost his eye to a Skrull posing as someone close to him, someone so important that this act of violence would cause Fury to never trust another living soul.
Although, maybe we're over-emphasizing the importance of this one moment. Fury losing his eye in Captain Marvel is likely to act as an example for how the whole incident with the Skrulls made Fury the man he is today. He learned that literally anyone he meets can betray him, so he must always remain an enigma, and share secrets sparingly.
Not only that, but The Winter Soldier also revealed Fury to be the kind of person who takes decisive action even when ordered not to — Pierce tells Steve that one particular mission in Bogota, when Fury disobeyed orders to save civilians, lead to his promotion to Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. It's highly likely that Fury learned the value of this from the Skrull/Kree war, so we're gonna be getting a lot of answers in Captain Marvel as to how Fury became the man he is today.
Who Took Fury's Eye?
So who exactly was it who took Fury's eye? With the little we know of Fury, it's almost impossible to guess who might have been the one to betray him and stab him right in the face. The best contenders are Carol Danvers, Pierce (who was Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. at the time), or some as-yet unknown love interest, who we don't know about because they stabbed Fury in the face, and it's really difficult to bounce back from that to continue a healthy relationship.
YouTuber NerdSync has an interesting theory about who this could be, pointing out that the only time anyone has ever mentioned Fury's personal life was in The Winter Soldier. In another throwaway line, Pierce mentions to Steve that when he first met Fury his mother lived at 1437 Elmhurst Drive. Considering he met Fury around the time that Captain Marvel is set, this could be a hint that a Skrull impersonated Fury's mother and took his eye in a moment of violence. That would make for some pretty impressive continuity work on the part of the filmmakers.
But we should also think about how this eye-losing incident occurred. While it could have just been a one-off moment of violence, it seems more likely that Fury lost his eye after being duped for a very long time by whoever was impersonating the person close to him. His comment about trust, and the context with which he made this comment to Cap in The Winter Soldier, definitely makes it seem like Fury trusted someone with important information during a mission, and was betrayed as a result. Which pretty much puts that mother theory to bed.
Personally, I reckon whoever took Fury's eye was someone he cared about, someone who was helping with this mission against the Skrulls and Kree, and whose betrayal caused no end of trouble for Fury. And honestly, I don't think we've met this person yet — I think they'll be a main character brought in for Captain Marvel who disappears after the events of that film, possibly a comic book character who served as one of Fury's Howling Commandos. Or maybe even a mentor figure. But I could be wrong. All we know for sure is that literally anyone in this movie could betray Fury at any point — so keep your eyes peeled and remember, trust no-one.
Tell us in the comments: Who do you think took Fury's eye?
(Source: NerdSync via YouTube)