Marvel Comics created The Ultimates in 2002, a modernized version of the classic group The Avengers. One of those characters is Nick Fury. While the original Nick Fury is a caucasian WWII veteran, Ultimate Nick Fury is an African-American and "the king of cool." The new Nick Fury was modeled after Samuel L. Jackson, who made an appearance in the 2008 film "Iron Man."
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