SPOILERS for Original Sin #4 Follow. Do Not read this story if you don’t want major spoilers!
As more than a few people suspected, the shocking “death” at the end of Original Sin #3, when The Winter Soldier decapitated Nick Fury, was not as it seemed. What many did not expect, however, was that it now seems every modern appearance of Nick Fury has in fact been one big, long con.
In the final pages of Original Sin #4, out today, Nick Fury, Sr. is revealed - and he is very senior indeed. An elderly man supported by a cane, with four of his “modern appearance Fury” Life Model Decoys behind him, it seems he has aged more normally than initially understood. Yes, that other decapitated Fury was an LMD - but the implication here could be that every time Fury has appeared in a comic for the last decade or two, he has in fact been a robot duplicate.
The reveal has implications for others in the Marvel Universe as well. After all, Nick Fury’s slowed aging was previously explained as a result of the “Infinity Formula,” something that has also been used for other characters. Of course, if Fury simply recently stopped using the formula, which requires regular injections, and has rapidly aged since then, thus not negating his every appearance. Regardless, this also seems to be setting up the next chapter for Nick Fury.
Long the "man who knows everything" in the Marvel Universe, speculation now turns to what his role will be from here on out. He has been leading the team of investigators into the Watcher’s death, but to what end? One possibility is that, on his secret satellite with an army of LMDs and at least one of the Watcher’s eyes at his disposal, Fury is seeking to essentially be the new Watcher. A human counterpart in many ways, Fury has been a secret keeper for most of his career, and without someone watching over the galaxy, as Uatu was, Earth likely would’ve been destroyed many times over. Of course, that kind of power in the hands of one man is also a bit disconcerting, as we imagine it would be for other characters in the Marvel Universe.
So the questions remain for the rest of Original Sin: How long has Fury been aging? What is his end game? How many stories have actually featured LMDs and not the real Nick? Oh, and of course, who the heck killed The Watcher? We never suspected two game-changing cliffhangers for Nick Fury in consecutive issues, so who knows what’s coming next?