Okay, so technically Nick Fury is still going to be kind of around somewhere, maybe, in the Marvel Universe.
But in case you haven't heard about it, Marvel has just published a new series where they replaced Nick with a brand new character, his long lost, until now never before revealed son: Nick Fury, Jr.
Now, Nick Fury Jr. is a guy who up until now didn't know who his father was and instead went by the name of Marcus Johnson. Marcus, who is African-American, was a specialist in the army, taking on some of the most dangerous secret missions around in an obscure limited series called Battle Scars. In the final issue, though, a bunch of stuff happened. Johnson lost his eye in a fight. Then a bad guy stripped Nick Fury of the formula that gave him his longevity, meaning he now ages normally. Then we found out that Johnson was actually Nick's son, with the real name of Nick Fury Jr. So the elder Fury stepped down from SHIELD, the new Nick Fury Jr. joined SHIELD, gained an eyepatch to cover his missing eye, shaved his head, grew a goatee and...
wait just a minute...
Yes, you guessed it. Apparently the higher-ups in Marvel management -- aka Disney -- decided that with Fury being such a big part of their movie universe, they needed to replace Nick Fury with a new version that looked like the Samuel L. Jackson film version. So they created this convoluted story to replace Nick with this new version. And by the way, Nick Jr.'s SHIELD partner is Agent Coulson from the movies.
You probably think I am making this up, but I am not. Here's Marcus Johnson before he finds out he's Fury's son:
Here's Maria Hill explaining that his real name is Nick Fury Jr.:
And here's your new Nick Fury and his partner, Agent Coulson. You'll note they gave Nick Jr. the uniform Steve Rogers was wearing before he returned to being Cap:
Tom Brevoort did an interview where he explained that the original Nick would still be around -- probably mostly in the Winter Soldier series -- doing his secret background stuff, but this new Fury would be the front and center guy for SHIELD, doing missions and whatnot alongside heroes, presumably in Avengers.
Frankly, I find this kind of shoehorned corporate synergy to be insulting crap. And that's not even taking into account that Nick Fury is one of my favorite characters. I think the movie version is great as well and the Ultimate version is cool, but I really don't appreciate this ill-conceived effort to tie everything together for the sake of product placement. The Marvel Universe isn't a Happy Meal. Or at least, it didn't used to be.