After seeing him and Maria in the Avengers: Infinity War post credits scene, and seeing him again in the recent Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer, I was a bit confused. At the end of Captain America: TheWinter Soldier, he's not the Director of SHIELD anymore and he says he's going to finish off the rest of Hydra in Europe. But I took this to mean it would be one of his last missions. Does he still work undercover afterward, or did he retire?

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    "he's going to finish off the rest of Hydra in Europe" - Far From Home takes place in Europe - why not? Jan 17, 2019 at 0:22
  • I didn't connect those dots... makes more sense! :)
    – Andrew
    Jan 17, 2019 at 0:29

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Nick Fury took a leave of absence during the aftermath of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but returned during the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron with a helicarrier to rescue the Avengers and numerous civilians from Sokovia. While he never officially returned to S.H.I.E.L.D. he remained in contact with the Avengers and continued to work with former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents like Maria Hill.

  • Ah ok. I jumped to conclusions by assuming he wasn't director. But since he was pronounced dead, doesn't the helicarrier raise any eyebrows for the media?
    – Andrew
    Jan 17, 2019 at 0:41
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    What newly reformed SHIELD? Jan 17, 2019 at 1:24
  • Nick Fury never went back to become a part of SHIELD again.
    – Jack
    Jan 17, 2019 at 3:04
  • You're correct, I'll edit my response to mention that.
    – Kyle Doyle
    Jan 17, 2019 at 3:27
  • @JackBNimble in Agents of Shield, the organisation is reformed (repeatedly, with varying levels of success and legal authority).
    – OrangeDog
    Jan 17, 2019 at 11:13

He does and mentions he is no longer a part of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Avengers: Age of Ultron when he pays a visit to Tony.

Nick Fury: Look me in the eye and tell me you're going to shut him down.

Tony Stark: You're not the director of me.

Nick Fury: I'm not the director of anybody. I'm just an old man, who cares very much about you.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Later on in the film it is made clear that the Helicarrier Fury brings to rescue everyone is no affiliated with S.H.I.E.L.D.

Nick Fury: [voice] Glad you like the view, Romanoff. It's about to get better. [just then the Helicarrier show up] [inside the Helicarrier] Nice, right? I pulled her out of mothballs with a couple of old friends. She's dusty, but she'll do.

Steve Rogers: Fury, you son of a bitch.

Nick Fury: Oooh! You kiss your mother with that mouth?

Maria Hill: Altitude is eighteen thousand and climbing.

Specialist Cameron Klein: Lifeboats secure to deploy. Disengage in three, two...take 'em out. [as they watch the lifeboats fly in towards the them]

Pietro Maximoff: This is SHIELD?

Steve Rogers: This is what SHIELD's supposed to be.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

  • As revealed in Agents of Shield, that helicarrier is indeed provided by SHIELD.
    – OrangeDog
    Jan 17, 2019 at 11:15
  • @OrangeDog Hmm I've only watched the films in the MCU, got a reference for me to look at? Though the above could imply it is from S.H.I.E.L.D. I suppose with the "with a couple of old friends." part though that could still just mean people he knew from S.H.I.E.L.D. and not necessarily S.H.I.E.L.D. itself.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jan 17, 2019 at 11:16
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    "This is what SHIELD's supposed to be" Carrot, your misinterpreting that line. it isn't in any way a statement or indication that "the Helicarrier Fury brings to rescue everyone is no affiliated with S.H.I.E.L.D.", he's just saying that rescuing & protecting people is what SHIELD is supposed to be about, remember that Pietro's past experience of SHIELD have not been good ones & consider this chat between them in the correct & complete context of their previous conversations.
    – Pelinore
    Jan 18, 2019 at 13:46
  • @Pelinore The way it is said is of course how you've interpreted it, I did too, but he doesn't actually say it is SHIELD which can further along with "I pulled her out of mothballs with a couple of old friends. She's dusty, but she'll do." be interpreted to say it isn't SHIELD in my opinion.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jan 18, 2019 at 13:50

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