Captain Marvel has now opened a new era of the MCU, as the fans learn how a young Nick Fury had his eyes opened to many extra-terrestrial threats in the universe and lost one of his eyes in the process. Fury’s missing eye was a huge piece of the MCU lore ever since the franchise had started, but the real explanation is something none of the fans would have expected.
The threat of Nick Fury having lost his eye is one of Captain Marvel’s running gags. Many times all throughout this movie, Nick Fury gets injured, and this creates an expectation of a dramatic moment where he nobly sacrifices his eye. Instead, Fury loses his eye because of his love for cats.
All throughout the film, Fury is seen bonding with Goose, his cat which he finds in the archives of Project Pegasus, where Carol had been a test pilot before she got her powers. Goose is an alien called a “Flerken,” and has a pocket dimension in its belly. Goose then proves to be dangerous, except with Fury. All goes well until the mission is over and Maria Rambeau, Fury, Carol and Goose are all heading home. Goose does not appreciate the way Fury is handling him, and then Flerken reaches up and scratches Fury right eye.
It is an alien that inflicts this blow, and so, Fury’s eye never really heals properly.
He is then seen sitting in his office at SHIELD and is deciding on a prosthetic eye to wear.
The best part is how the explanation of Fury’s eye syncs to his quote from Captain America: The Winter Soldier: “The last time I trusted someone, I lost an eye.”
Avengers: Infinity War is now available on home video. Upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies include Captain Marvel on March 8th, Avengers: Endgame on April 26th, and Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5th.