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‘Endgame’ Directors Explain Samuel L. Jackson Star Wars Mystery Once and For All

Their answer is...underwhelming.

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Reason #8786809 Samuel L. Jackson is a total badass: He’s contributed to both the Marvel Cinematic and Star Wars universes. As Nick Fury in the former and Mace Windu in the latter, Jackson’s place at the nexus of these intricate stories presented an interesting conundrum in Spider-Man: Far from Home, one that the Russo brothers—directors of Avengers: Endgame—finally addressed.

But let’s back up for a second. In Far from Home, noted Star Wars fan Peter Parker has his first significant interaction with Nick Fury, though the two did appear together at Tony Stark’s funeral in Endgame. Fury even makes a joke about Parker not understanding a Shakespeare quote because “it wasn’t a Star Wars reference,” a meta-joke for the ages.

But that interaction left us wondering why Parker doesn’t freak out that Nick Fury looks exactly like Mace Windu. His age suggests that the Star Wars prequels, the Star Wars films Jackson appeared in, came out when he was a kid, and it seems impossible given his current fandom that he wouldn’t have seen them.

It’s this question that the Russo brothers answered. During an appearance on The Star Wars Show, a YouTube web series produced by Lucasfilm, they provided what we can only described as a kind of an underwhelming answer.

“They just look like those characters,” Anthony said. Joe clarified: “Nick Fury happens to look a lot like Mace Windu.”

So there you have it. No complicated, multiverse-dependent reply. No door left open for an intra-Disney crossover in the future revealing that Windu and Fury are somewhow the same person across space, time, and fictional boundaries. Just a guy who happens to look like another guy

And if that’s the case with Fury, then one has to assume that the same is true of Paul Bettany, who plays Vision in the MCU and Dryden Vos in Solo.

The Russo brothers’ replies say that, for now at least, we shouldn’t get our hopes up for a deeper resolution to the question. But with a new crop of Avengers assembling for a new phase of the MCU, it’s not impossible that Marvel leans into the implications of the multiverse in future films and we get a Nick Fury-Darth Maul confrontation for the ages.