Post-credits scenes weren't a new thing in movies when the Marvel Cinematic Universe launched in 2008, but when Iron Man tacked on that extra minute of content, it kicked off a trend that has not only become one of this superhero movie franchise's defining features, it's since been adopted by other blockbuster franchises. As most of you can surely recall, Iron Man's post-credits scene saw Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury visiting Tony Stark at his mansion to talk to him about the Avengers Initiative. It was the first hint at a wider world of superheroes, but as director Jon Favreau admitted, this scene originally only meant to be a fun Easter egg for the hardcore Marvel fans in the audience. Favreau recalled:
While Nick Fury has become one of the most recognizable characters in the MCU over the last decade, having Samuel L. Jackson portray the character at the end of Iron Man was definitely a deep cut at the time. I can imagine how casual moviegoers unfamiliar with Marvel Comics, let alone the Ultimate universe, might have been confused about what exactly was going on. Let's also not forget that before Iron Man, Nick Fury's biggest appearance outside the comics was the 1998 TV movie Nick Fury: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I suspect not too many people remembered that movie, not to mention that David Hasselhoff's Nick Fury was modeled after the original comics Fury, not the Ultimate incarnation.
Despite not knowing at the time how important Iron Man's post-credits scene would be come, as Jon Favreau noted later in his conversation with EW, he and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige were careful with how they crafted the interaction. Favreau continued:
On the off chance that folks didn't catch Nick Fury introducing himself to Tony Stark, Iron Man 2 brought them up to speed, and from there, Nick Fury served as one of the main connective threads between the MCU's Phase 1 movies. Fury was last seen aiding Earth's Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but his whereabouts since then haven't been revealed.
A younger Nick Fury who still has both his eyes will appear in Captain Marvel, which hits theaters on May 8, 2019, and it's rumored that the present day Fury will return for Avengers 4 when it opens on May 3, 2019.
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