ADG Perspective

March-April 2024

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6 4 P E R S P E C T I V E | M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 2 4 Ever since Samuel L. Jackson first appeared on screen as Nick Fury in Iron Man (2008), it was clear he had a bigger story to tell. The first was assembling The Avengers, but what about the man himself? Fifteen years later, we finally got to tell that story in the six-episode series Secret Invasion which premiered on Disney+ in 2023. Fury's first words to Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) were, "'I am Iron Man.' You think you're the only superhero in the world? Mr. Stark, you've become part of a bigger universe. You just don't know it yet." Fury too, was part of a bigger universe and he knew it. A connected Marvel universe that included gods and monsters, even aliens like the Kree, but most of all, the Skrulls. Fury's road from there to here spanned a jaw- dropping forty-two connected movies and series in what has become affectionately known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe or MCU for short. Even though Fury himself did not appear in every show, his presence was always felt as the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. pulling the strings behind the scenes. Like the man himself said, "I'm Nick Fury. Even when I'm out, I'm in..." So when I got hired in May of 2021 to help resolve the unknown personal story of Nick Fury, I had no idea where the road would lead or how long the journey would take. The initial plan was to tell the story over the course of six episodes with two directors, Ali Selim and Thomas Bezucha. The show was set to film primarily in the UK and I was here in LA, so all my weekly (and sometimes daily) meetings were done via Zoom. F u r y R o a d S T O R Y B O A R D I N G M A R V E L ' S S E C R E T I N VA S I O N B Y A A R O N S O W D , S T O R Y B O A R D A R T I S T, S E N I O R I L L U S T R AT O R A. & B. NICK FURY CONFRONTS GRAVIK. STORYBOARD AND FINAL PRODUCTION FRAME. C. & D. SKRULL IN THE MIRROR.STORYBOARD AND FINAL PRODUCTION FRAME. STORYBOARDS BY AARON SOWD. A

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