Iron Man 2: Nick Fury

It seems like only yesterday that Iron Man flew into theaters and stole our hearts. Aww. The first film was enough of a rousing success that a sequel was warranted and this time, there's more of everything. Some of the new characters you may not be familiar with, so every Tuesday and Thursday until the film's release Omnicomic will be profiling one of the characters in the film.

Real Name: Nicholas Joseph Fury

Origin: A New York born Air Force pilot who flew for the British in WWI and WWII, Fury is more than a century old. His MANY military exploits include heading up a team of Army Rangers named the ‘Howling Commandos’ and working for the CIA. The CIA also gave Fury access to a highly experimental chemical known as the Infinity Formula. Consequently, Fury hasn’t aged a day since.

With such decorated service behind him (and a reputation for getting the job done, by whatever means), Fury was the natural choice by the UN to head up a newly forming S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intevention, Espionage, and Logistics Directorate). S.H.I.E.L.D. is primarly concerned with world peace- their main directives are to serve as an active anti-terrorist task force as well as to investigate paranormal and superpowered activity that could be dangerous.

Abilities: A war veteran that has participated in almost every major conflict of the last hundred years, Fury is practiced at hand-to-hand combat as well as a wide variety of melee weapons and is proficient with almost every type of ranged weapon you can think of. Fury is also an expert strategist, both on the battlefield and politically. He is skilled in the art of disguise and espionage and is fluent in a wide variety of languages in dialect.

Due to his exposure to the Infinity Formula, he does not age. As the saying goes ‘soldiers don’t get older, they just get better’. Doubly so for Fury.

First Appearance: Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1 (1963)

Backstory: Fury’s father flew for the British’s Royal Flying Corps. Raised as a patriot Fury enlisted, like his father, in order to stop the spread of Nazi terror across Europe. Over the years, Fury’s view has darkened and his scope is aimed at world safety rather than towards allegiance with a particular nation or for a certain cause. He has, literally, lived many lives in his time and remnants of them emerge from time to time. Fury has a string of lost loves that would make James Bond jealous- his relationships would be better described as tragic than promiscuous however.

Fury isn’t above manipulation and threats- even to superheroes- in order to get what he needs. As he himself admits, he can’t afford to lose. The world is at stake.

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