Tuesday, June 25, 2019


Among the first new Hollywood blockbusters to greet moviegoers when the month of July comes is the absolute last segment of Phase 3 for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That is “Spider-Man: Far from Home,” starring Tom Holland as the un-“snapped” Peter Parker who embarks on a European adventure with super-beings to fight, just following “Avengers: Endgame” and the passing of his mentor Tony Stark/Iron Man. By this point most of the promotional material has gone out from trailers to posters. In the latter regard, actor Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury, is not impressed by a poster of “Far from Home” that he saw.

USA Today tells us that Samuel L. Jackson has heavily criticized the photo of a poster for “Spider-Man: Far from Home” that has popped up on social media. On his Instagram page, Jackson showed the image of two “Far from Home” posters side to side. The one on the right showed him in character as former director of SHIELD Nick Fury with his trademark eye-patch. The one on the left depicted another shot of Fury, but it had its image flipped; Fury’s eye-patch was on the left eye, and this one was on the right.

Commenters on the actor’s Instagram post found the error humorous, including Jackson’s fellow MCU star Pom Klementieff (Mantis in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”). Another comment on the post identified the place where the “Spider-Man: Far from Home” posters were display at to be in Singapore. Said photo with the flipped-image poster was first revealed on Reddit, with similar humorous pokes at Fury’s character, such as him pretending to have a wounded eye to fraudulently claim disability benefits. Jackson on the other hand was his trademark swear-spouting self on his post which he punctuated with hash-tags such as #headsgonroll.

Stories on how the super-spymaster Nick Fury lost his eye will depend on the story medium. In the MCU franchise the origin was finally revealed early this year in “Captain Marvel” starring Brie Larson. The film, set in the 1990s, features a digitally de-aged Samuel L. Jackson as a younger field agent Fury with both eyes intact, until the left one is scratched blind by Goose, Captain Marvel’s alien “cat.” Although rendered sightless, Fury would keep the eye covered in his eye-patch, which would come to play in 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” when he uses the blind eye for a retina security scan.

In other news, the May-released MCU epic blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame” has already gone past the original box-office run earnings of Steven Spielberg’s “Avatar” from 20th Century Fox. Comic Book Resources elaborates that “Endgame” needs only $38.3 million more added to its $2.7 billion to next surpass the 2009 sci-fi blockbuster’s lifetime total gross. As for Marvel-Sony’s “Spider-Man: Far from Home,” it will premiere July 2.

Image courtesy of Mashable


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