How did

the Tesseract end up with Mar-Vell

according to the MCU?

And also,

as Howard Stark found the Tesseract under water in Captain America: The First Avenger, why did Fury not have any knowledge of the Tesseract?

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    Presumably she was merely the latest in a long line of American scientists to lay hands on it.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 6:50

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So, official Tesseract timeline:

Captain America: The First Avenger

• hidden for thousands of years in Asgardian mural, uncovered by Red Skull

• burned through hull of plane, fell into ocean

• recovered by Howard Stark soon afterward, taken into possession by Strategic Scientific Reserve, later to become SHIELD

Captain Marvel

• given to Dr. Wendy Lawson to research for Project PEGASUS, a secret multi-billion dollar SHIELD research project. she was secretly Mar-Vell, a rogue Kree secretly using the tesseract to build a secret lightspeed engine to secretly save the Skrulls. secretly.

• kept on Mar-Vell's ship in orbit above earth, used to power lightspeed engine

• in SHIELD's possesion after being swallowed by Goose, vomited onto Fury's desk

The Avengers

• presented to Dr. Selvig to research just before The Avengers

• incorporated into portal machine, used by Loki to open portal for Chitauri

• after Loki's defeat, used to transport Thor and Loki to Asgard, kept in Odin's vault

Thor: Ragnarok

• stolen from vault by Loki while he was there to summon Surtur to cause Ragnarok

• on Asgardian escape ship on path to Earth

Avengers: Infinity War

• taken by Thanos, breaks casing to expose Space Stone, incorporates into Infinity Gauntlet

• used for The Snap

• chilling on the back of Thanos's hand on a farm somewhere

Avengers: Endgame

  • Got destroyed by Thanos.

Link - by u/the_infinite

As to the question of why Fury didn't know, can be because he wasn't the SHIELD director at that time. Just an agent with lower clearance level apparently.

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    "chilling on the back of Thanos's hand on a farm somewhere" love it
    – Grollo
    Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 8:58
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    “given to Dr. Wendy Lawson” — unless there's an interview somewhere stating this, I don't think it's established, although it seems the most likely option. Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 10:37
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    @PaulD.Waite She had the assistance of Skrulls, they could have very easily assumed the identity of whoever had clearance of the Tesseract and stolen it for her.
    – adickinson
    Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 12:10
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    Yep Fury was merely a Level 3 agent at the time of Capt. Marvel (as seen on his S.H.I.E.L.D. ID badge seen in the movie), and from the AoS show we know that's barely clearance enough to read the manual for the coffee machine. Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 15:52
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    I think also the implication of the end-credits scene is SHIELD thought it was lost until it came into Fury's personal possession. Who knows what he did with it before giving it to Selvig; it's not clear if he immediately surrendered it to SHIELD or held onto it until it was expedient for him. Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 18:02

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