Re-watching the Avengers, I’m struck by how AWESOME Fury is.
People demonize him in fic, but he’s obviously earned Natasha’s respect (“talk to Fury, he needs you on this”) and he consistently treats Bruce as a human being (“Doctor Banner” - offers his hand - “thank you for coming”).
Sure, he plans for the worst - the Hulk cage being one example - but that’s his *job*. Personally, I want someone who believes in people, not tech (“we need a response team”) and heroes.
He’s obviously got experience in the field (“Sir, Director Fury is stalling”) and is classically educated (“like the Pharaohs of old”) and can think on his feet when the shit hits the fan (“Is the sun comingup? Then put it on the LEFT”).
He respects his people (“two of the smartest men I know”) and is unafraid to challenge his superiors (“given that its a stupid-ass decision”).
In short, Nick Fury is a man I would gladly follow into battle. He would send me into danger, but he’d be right there with me. I bet he and Coulson had some EPIC adventures together.
I need more Nick Fury in my life.