If only someone had given Nick Fury the same kind of warning Santa Claus once gave Ralphie Parker.
Ever since Samuel L. Jackson revealed in January 2018 that Captain Marvel would feature Fury without his signature eyepatch, fans everywhere have been wondering the same thing: would the newest MCU entry explain how he actually lost his eye?
Jackson and the whole Captain Marvel team, including star Brie Larson and co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, have kept quiet about that particular element of the film, but now we know the truth. Captain Marvel does indeed see Fury sustain the injury that ultimately costs him his eye. In doing so, the film also answers a mystery that’s gone unsolved for 11 years, since the debut of Iron Man and the beginning of the MCU as we know it. Spoilers ahead, obviously.
So, here’s what happens with Fury and his infamous eye in Captain Marvel: Carol Danvers’ best friend and fellow Air Force pilot Maria Rambeau boards a ship with Fury after evading the Kree Starforce, who are actually the main bad guys in the film. Unbeknownst to Maria and Fury, Goose, the fuzzy orange cat Fury often cuddled with and cooed at throughout the duration of Captain Marvel is in tow as well.
It’s worth noting here that Goose isn’t actually a cat: he’s a Flerken, an alien creature who only takes a feline appearance. And it’s Goose who plays a big part in getting Fury and company to safety during the film’s final act. When he realizes the cat has made his way onto his ship, Fury scoops Goose up and thanks him for helping them on their mission to save Earth, protecting the shape-shifting Skrulls, and retrieving the Tesseract.
As Maria and Fury attempt to escape the Kree, Goose opens his mouth and extends several octopus-like arms to grab the Tesseract and swallow it whole. Luckily, Goose has a pocket dimension in which he’s able to “store entire universes” and access them at will. Naturally, Fury believes that Goose would never hurt him, since he’s on their side.
As Fury delivers baby-talk to Goose, the cat takes a swipe at his face, leaving several scratch marks across Fury’s eyebrow and lid. Fury and Maria assume that the scratch is nothing major, but the injury only gets worse as the film wraps up.
By the very end of the movie, we see Fury wearing a metallic-looking cover over the injured eye which is now missing entirely. Agent Phil Coulson steps into Fury’s office, hands him a case full of fake eyes, and jokes that he has a big decision to make. He then asks if it’s true that the Kree burned Fury’s eye out, a rumor Fury neither confirms nor denies, signaling that he’s learned to stay cautious of everyone around him after his life-changing adventures with Captain Marvel, the Kree, and the Skrulls.
The injury Fury suffers in Captain Marvel also connects nicely to the only explicit statement Fury has given about his eye in the MCU thus far. Fans have wondered what happened to Fury’s eye since we first met him in Iron Man, but he’s made only ever one direct mention of it:
“Last time I trusted someone, I lost an eye.”
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