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Why did Nick Fury abandon Earth after Endgame?

Thanos's attack in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame has irrevocably changed the MCU and as we learned in the new Disney Plus show Secret Invasion, Nick Fury.

Nick Fury and Thanos from Endgame behind him

Why did Nick Fury abandon Earth after Endgame? Thanos wanted to change the MCU forever by removing half of all life from the universe. While the Avenegrs may have thwarted his plans, the new Marvel show, Secret Invasion, on Disney Plus proves the Mad Titan may have got his way after all.

Specifically, the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s master spy, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), seems irrecoverably changed by the whole attack. In the new Marvel series, the former head of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on the back foot, out of step with the rest of the world, and all our favorite MCU characters seem to know it.

They’ve even accused Fury of running away after Thanos’s attack. So why did Nick Fury abandon Earth after Endgame? Well, the Secret Invasion release date is finally here, so we’re going to do our best to answer this sticky question. Warning minor spoilers ahead.

Why did Nick Fury abandon Earth after Endgame?

It’s implied that Fury left Earth following the events of Avengers: Endgame because he felt blindsided by the threat of Thanos. For Fury’s entire life, he’s believed that you can prepare for the worst-case scenario, but Thanos destroyed that belief with a snap of his chunky purple fingers. 

Fury has described it as a “crisis of faith” as he now knows that there are threats in the galaxy beyond him and the Avengers. That’s presumably why he’s now leading S.A.B.E.R., an organization entirely dedicated to protecting the planet from alien and extraterrestrial threats, as he thinks that’s where the next big threat will come from.

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Unfortunately for Fury, we know that’s not true. Kang the Conqueror and his army of Variants aren’t coming from somewhere out there. They’re coming from some ‘when’ (Editor: I bet you thought that sounded dramatic).

If you want to know more about the latest chapter in the MCU, then we’ve got plenty of articles for you to enjoy. We’ve explained who Olivia Colman’s playing in Secret Invasion, broken down exactly what S.A.B.E.R. is, and revealed if [SPOILER’s] shock death is for real.

If that’s not enough, we’ve also got a list of all the new movies coming in the MCU, so if you want to know about The Marvels release date or the Captain America 4 release date, we’ve got you covered.