Captain America: Civil War may have featured just as many characters as an Avengers movie, but one character who was notably absent was Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury. Now, the writers of Civil War have explained why they decided to let the ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. director sit this one out.

“Primarily it felt like one too many possible opinions,” screenwriter Christopher Markus told the LA Times. “We didn’t want him to take one side or the other, because that’s not his place in the universe.”

Events in previous films, specifically Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron, have shown that Fury’s position in the post-S.H.I.E.L.D. world is rather complicated and the main reason why he was left out of Civil War was so that he wouldn’t overshadow the ideological conflict between Captain America and Iron Man.

“We didn’t want another, ‘Is he still with the government? Is he opposed to the government but supporting the government?” said Markus. “It got to be the potential for a lost more polemis discussion that the movie did not have room for.”

“He’s the guy who put it together. He’s been the sort of parent figure to the Avengers. Let the parent go away, and see if the kids can handle this. See if the kids can be who they’re supposed to be without that governing voice. Um … and they didn’t do that good of a job.”

Taking Fury out of the equation allowed the Marvel heroes to duke it out without the supervision of their paternal overseer, but will Fury return for Avengers: Infinity War? Civil War co-writer Stephen McFeely says he “would think” Fury would make an appearance in that two-part story, with Markus adding: “it’s probably all hands on deck,” for Infinity War.

Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now (check out our review here) and Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled for a May 4, 2018 release.

(Via: IGN)