WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home, in theaters now.

Nick Fury is one of the first characters seen in Spider-Man: Far From Home, appearing with Maria Hill to investigate an apparent natural disaster destroying a Mexican town that brings him face-to-face with Mysterio and an earth-based Elemental. With the core members of the Avengers either dead, retired or off-world, Fury recruits Peter Parker to his new mission, teamed with Mysterio to prevent the Elementals from destroying the Earth.

However, upon closer inspection, Fury, the greatest spy in the world and longtime Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., implements a plan to stop a potential extinction-level threat that makes no apparent sense.Even disregarding that Fury turned to a high school superhero with mechanical web-shooters and the proportionate strength and speed of a spider, Fury also apparently refuses to call in the other surviving heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Black Panther, Captain Marvel (over what appears to be a petty grudge), Scarlet Witch and the new Captain America.

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Instead, Fury commandeers Peter's European class trip to position the web-slinger against Elementals resurfacing across the continent. With this in mind, Fury's grand plan for saving the world doesn't exactly make a lot of sense.

Working with Mysterio, Fury is evidently able to predict where the Elementals will surface next, identifying Prague as the target of Molten Man, the Elemental that reputedly destroyed Mysterio's world. With this in mind, Fury doesn't call in additional reinforcements. Instead. he leaves the task entirely to Spider-Man and Mysterio, an apparent hero he just met with dubious, unverified origins. Leaving the impressionable Peter to team up with this enigmatic figure is a head-scratching choice for a control-freak like Fury, especially as the spy knows where the threats will appear next.

Even more curious is Fury's decision to readily give Peter E.D.I.T.H., a sungalsses-based device created by Tony Stark using the acronym "Even Dead, I'm the Hero." The hi-tech eyewear allows Peter access to Stark Industries' global satellite and weapons platforms, a fact that Fury is well aware of after he watches Peter nearly call in a drone strike on one of his classmates on the European school trip.

Fury rightfully calls out Peter on being unprepared for the device but, again, for someone that is so keenly intent on controlling all the secrets and security of the world, especially since his resurrection, bestowing an impulsive teenager with the device seems a bit reckless and out of character on Fury's part rather than the less than trustworthy espionage figure attempting to figure out how to gain access to it himself, or at least institute safeguards.

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Fury's inactivity and obliviousness to Mysterio's threat reaches a fever pitch in the film's climactic action sequence in London as Mysterio uses his drone and hologram technology to appear to face a merged Elemental in the streets of the British capital. Not only watching Mysterio take on the destructive threat alone, with the potential fate of millions in the city at stake, Fury and Hill largely remain passive as Mysterio is revealed to have been a murderous fraud all along. Hill only takes action to shoot down a drone that nearly kills Fury rather than engaging Mysterio and his fleet in any capacity.

While this suggests that Fury believed that Spider-Man could save the day all along, Hill admits that her boss actually believed Mysterio's claims that he and the Elementals were from an alternate reality all along. This puts Fury's judgment and quick faith in Quentin Beck even further into question, especially against otherworldly threats so destructive that they completely leveled cities in Mexico and Morocco before moving on to Europe for the majority of the film.

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Of course, the post-credits scene of the film reveals that Nick Fury and Maria Hill were actually the shape-shifting Skrulls Talos and Soren, reprising their roles from this year's Captain Marvel. As Talos and his wife show their true forms in the film's ending, updating the real Fury on the events of Far From Home as Nick enjoys some much-needed virtual rest and recreation in deep space commanding a Skrull warship, it could certainly account for the lapses in judgement and questionable decisions made by Fury and Hill over the course of the film. With that in mind, it appears Talos and Soren are better suited as soldiers than clandestine operatives, so easily putting their trust in strange, new figures rather than being more active and performing their due diligence.

Opening July 2, director Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon and Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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