First, let me state that I absolutely love where Original Sin has taken us, so far. It's going to wind up being one of the strongest comic miniseries of the year, hands down. But even just two chapters in, I can't shake the nagging thought that Nick Fury's behind it all. [Spoilers from the first two issues, below.]
I mean, let's start with the covers.
The watcher is dead from a bullet in the head— the 2nd issue features Nick Fury on the cover with his pistol drawn. It's not subtle.
The first issue proper's first scene (following the murder itself) has four Avengers with extremely long lifespans, enjoying 'meat night'. Fury shares a story from WWII, demonstrating here that he's got a loooooong memory— for better or for worse. News arrives, Uatu the Watcher is dead. Fury drives them to the moon.
While this shot is cool and all, it also demonstrates that Fury had Opportunity. He can get to and from the moon in the span of ten minutes. Think about that.
Once forensics gets started, it's Fury that delivers the line, "What kind of person takes another person's eyes?" Fury. The dude missing an eye. Captain America taps him to head an investigation into matters, which prompts this extremely suspicious warning.
How is this not an incredibly suspicious thing to say? I mean— if you've ever read much of Agatha Christie's classic mysteries, there are any number of occasions when the person leading or helping in the investigation is the one whodunit. Plus, murdering the Watcher is a perfect catalyst to a deeper investigation, which we've already seen is unearthing other past crimes that may or may not have anything to do with the Watcher's murder. That, my friends, gives Nick Fury his Motive.
Black Panther has a 'coy' conversation with someone that taps him to investigate further. Nick Fury was just assigned the job of organizing an investigation. We see whoever it is talking to Black Panther in shadow— someone with a hairline and a visible ear, so we know it's not the frickin' Orb. I assumed straight away it was Fury BP was speaking with, given his voice. It wasn't until a third read that I noticed this figure is handling what looks like a glowing green bullet, the same kind of glowing bullet Frank Castle pulls out of a corpse in chapter two.
I'm not trying to shape the facts to fit a theory, but if we continue the train of thought that this is a Christie-style mystery, the theory holds up.
Nick Fury confirms that "Our killer... Our killer has killed before." Why hesitate on that line? Hm?
As the guy in charge of the investigation, Fury's in a perfect position to maneuver folks in and out of crime scenes as he sees fit. He orders the Thing and Spider-Man out of their own fight scene, because now it's a crime scene. Am I the only one that thinks that's more than a little suspicious?
In chapter two, a Mindless One attacks Fury in midair, atop Bettie, his flying car. He's mid-conversation with Captain America, so Fury makes sure to try and coax a confession out of the Mindless One since he knows Cap is listening. That would be one hell of a misdirect. And what does Fury do next? Blow up his own car— the vehicle that he could have used in the murder. He could be disposing of evidence right in front of us, and all we'd think is, "Wow, what a cool explosion."
In the grandiose fight scene, the villain makes a point of saying "We're not the murderers you're looking for."
Could Fury do it? Could he kill the Watcher? Would he murder a man who saw everything and never intervened? From a certain point of view, this makes the Watcher guilty, or at least complicit. Remember the adage, "All that's required for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing." The Watcher hadn't intervened on evil's success in a long, long time. I've got a strong feeling we're going to hear Fury quote that line before we're done.
What do you think?
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