For the last decade, Samuel L Jackson has been portraying Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He's an expected fixture, tying the universe into a semi-cohesive narrative. And you always expect that eye patch.
That all changes in the new Captain Marvel movie. The film is a prequel of sorts, set in the 1990s. To drive this change in time home, the trailers have shown Nick Fury with both eyes.
However, it seems we're not alone in being used to Sam Jackson only having one eye.
I was on the #CaptainMarvel set last year and can FINALLY tell you all about it! https://t.co/XgCDfVPFqn— Carly Mallenbaum (@Carly Mallenbaum)1551292914.0
Fun fact: When @SamuelLJackson is playing present-day Fury, he has to learn his lines with one eye covered.— Carly Mallenbaum (@Carly Mallenbaum)1551311876.0
It was revealed in interviews for past movies, that Jackson has to learn his lines with one eye closed. During his filming for Captain America, had a difficulty with his lines that was tied to his visualization process.
"The only problem that I didn't discover until we did the original Captain America was that I sat at home and I did all my studying, and when I got to work the next day, I was having difficulty seeing all the lines.
"I could only visualize half the page. I realized that, when I cut my eye off with the patch, I cut off half my sensory perception for learning.
"So now, when I learn lines as Nick Fury. I learn them with one hand covering one eye so that I can visualize the whole page."
But that didn't end when he got access to his other eye back. Even for Captain Marvel, Jackson had to learn his lines with one eye covered to get in character.
In an interview with SFX Magazine, Jackson said,
"So now when I'm actually doing Nick Fury, I cover my left eye when I'm learning my lines, so I still have the full visualization in my head. It's a very weird thing but it works."
I mean, if it works, it works, right?
@GamesRadar Weird flex but ok.— luckysix (@luckysix)1551244410.0
samuel l jackson is probably so relieved to do a marvel movie without the eyepatch— denise | miles and gwen lovebot (@denise | miles and gwen lovebot)1550951025.0
If Samuel L. Jackson appears in your movie and is wearing an eyepatch, regardless of whether or not he actually is… https://t.co/QfQRQx41py— IndyBob SweetVictoryPants (@IndyBob SweetVictoryPants)1549662868.0
To be honest, we're just weirded out to see him with both eyes.
Sometimes I forget that @SamuelLJackson actually has two working eyes and doesn’t need an eye patch— Tyler McNulty (@Tyler McNulty)1550202401.0
seeing samuel l jackson without an eyepatch is so weird— mik☂️ (@mik☂️)1551054452.0
i kinda forget that samuel l jackson doesnt usually have an eye patch until i see him in something not marvel— angry little land bat 🦇 (@angry little land bat 🦇)1550716005.0
Captain Marvel follows the adventure of Carol Danvers as she hunts down shape-shifting Skrulls on earth. She is aided by Nick Fury, and the most important character, her pet cat named Goose.
Speaking of Goose, Jackson has to lose his eye somehow, right?
Look, it has spotted Sam Jackson's eye... https://t.co/J7SfWEYuu5— Ross Miller (@Ross Miller)1547663883.0
@imposingbulk This is me but only with the cat that's probably going to rip Sam Jackson's eye out.— Cam (@Cam)1550084152.0
@captainmarvel My son's name is Sam Jackson. Eight years ago he got scratched in the eye by our cat, and almost los… https://t.co/6U34ME9c2o— Jacketball Train (@Jacketball Train)1547838985.0
The film premieres March 8th. It stars Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Lashana Lynch and it's sure to be another hit!