Marvel fans, you can all breathe a sigh of relief the cinematic universe you know and love isn’t about to get any more complicated than it already is.
Before he made his MCU debut as the eyepatch-wearing S.H.I.E.L.D. badass Nick Fury, Samuel L. Jackson was part of another huge movie franchise: Star Wars. There, he played Mace Windu, the revered Jedi Master who wielded an purple-bladed lightsaber and sat on the Jedi High Council in the final years of the Galactic Republic.
Fans love that Jackson is part of two universally-loved film series, and they nearly flipped their lids when the MCU finally made a wink at that fact.
If you’ll recall, Jackson’s Nick Fury mentioned Star Wars in Spider-Man: Far From Home, when he told Tom Holland’s Peter Parker that he wouldn’t understand the Shakespeare quote “uneasy lies the head that wears a crown” because “it wasn’t a Star Wars reference.” That led many to question why Peter a confirmed Star Wars enthusiast, as established by the events of Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming didn’t comment that Fury and Mace Windu look exactly alike when he officially met the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in Far From Home. It also caused some Marvel fans to theorize that perhaps Fury and Windu are the same person or, at the very least, that Fury may have been leading a double life as an actor.
Now, we have an official answer to the question.
Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo confirmed during an appearance on Lucasfilm’s YouTube web series The Star Wars Show that Fury and Windu aren’t the same person, Fury isn’t the actor who portrayed Windu in the Star Wars franchise, and there’s no MCU plot hole to patch up now that Fury made a Star Wars reference. Sorry theorists this Marvel myth has been busted! Keep watching the video to see more about the Sam Jackson MCU question we finally have an answer to!
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