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Samuel L. Jackson Isn't Just The Main Character On Secret Invasion, He Also Won't Be Wearing Iconic Eyepatch

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By Abi Gibson - - 5 Mins Read
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Why Nick Fury Is No Longer Wearing His Eye Patch 

Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson has spent years as a leader for The Avengers, but now he is stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight.

According to a recent Vanity Fair feature on the Disney+ series Secret Invasion, viewers will finally learn why Nick Fury no longer wears his iconic eyepatch. Samuel L. Jackson, who portrays the former SHIELD director, revealed that it was a deliberate "character decision" to shed the eyepatch, which had become part of Fury's enigmatic persona before the events of Secret Invasion. 

The eyepatch had served as a kind of armor for Fury, who always seemed to have a plan and a firm grip on things. However, the devastating effects of Thanos' snap and the other changes wrought by the Infinity Stones have taken a toll on Fury, who has now exiled himself to space. Jackson's portrayal of the hardened agent in Secret Invasion will showcase the character's state of mind as he navigates these challenges.

The forthcoming American miniseries, Secret Invasion, will exclusively debut on Disney+. Nick Fury, the former director of S.H.I.E.L.D., will be portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson, who has been collaborating with the Skrulls in the far reaches of space. 

According to Jackson in his official statement, the reason he doesn't wear the patch anymore is that it was a defining characteristic of the strong Nick Fury. However, now it represents his vulnerability and serves as a reminder that he is not invincible. As a result, he doesn't feel like the same person.

Kyle Bradstreet created Secret Invasion, which is adapted from the Marvel Comics storyline of the same title. The show is set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is meant to maintain continuity with the franchise's movies.

Secret Invasion poster featuring Nick Furry
Secret Invasion via Twitter

Kyle Bradstreet has been appointed as the head writer and executive producer for the upcoming series, along with Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Jonathan Schwartz. The series will follow Nick Fury as he discovers a plot to infiltrate positions of power around the world with shapeshifting Skrull double agents. The cast includes Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Cobie Smulders, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman, Martin Freeman, and Don Cheadle.

The Secret Invasion event in Marvel Comics was a significant occurrence that may not be familiar to everyone. It involved the Skrulls, an extraterrestrial species capable of shape-shifting, who infiltrated the whole Marvel Universe. They disguised themselves as heroes to conquer Earth. It remains to be seen how Marvel Studios will incorporate this plot into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, given that the Skrulls were portrayed as refugees searching for a secure haven in Captain Marvel.

The Skrulls that have been featured in the MCU thus far may not be indicative of the entire Skrull extraterrestrial population. Secret Invasion is set to be the twenty-second TV series within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, serving as the third entry in Phase Five.

In an early publication, it was further revealed that Jackson's character has been a constant presence in the Avengers movies, the Captain America film franchise, Captain Marvel, and other MCU properties. 

However, in Secret Invasion, his demeanor is more subdued, introspective, and anxious. 

Fury is emotionally drained after the events of Endgame, which saw the passing of Iron Man and Black Widow, as well as Thanos' devastating destruction in Infinity War. These experiences have caused him to reevaluate his role in the world and question his ability to make a difference. 

In a surprising move, he even abandons his iconic eyepatch, which was once a symbol of his strength, revealing his growing vulnerability and insecurity. Adding to his troubles is the threat posed by the Skrulls, a shape-shifting alien race who feel betrayed by Fury after he reneged on his promise to provide them with a new home. A faction of radicalized Skrulls, led by Kingsley Ben-Adir's Gravik, arrives on Earth, assuming the identities of prominent political figures and wreaking havoc at will.