| > > The second explanation is in the 1994 oneshot where Fury is blinded by a muzzle flash. This oneshot is somewhat contradictory as it is and most people consider the first explanation to be canon.|
| > Why is that contradictory? We know that he has had deteriorating eyesight in that eye since the war, and that event was referred to in the one-shot anyway. The muzzle flash just aggravated that injury to the point where he needed the eyepatch.|
It's not the eyepatch bit that's the height of the contradictory stuff in that one-off, I believe, although the new bit there seems to be adding on to the history of the eyepatch just for the sake of adding on. Strangely, I believe that the recent Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin mini actually references characters from the one-shot, meaning it may still be in-continuity.
| > > I dont think Fury has any kind of bionic implant - if that were the case then why would he cover up the eye at all? His eye was last seen as far as I recall in the 1989 Fury ongoing series - its still very much in his head.|
> It is stated quite explicitly in Marvel: Lost Generation 10 that Fury is using some sort of bionic implant.
Note that that doesn't mean he can see out of it, or that it wasn't in addition to the eye at all.
| > The nature of the implant is unsaid and the only way to reconcile it, in my mind, is if it is some kind of high-tech contact lens to compensate for his deteriorating eye. I assume that the later injury was bad enough that such an implant would no longer be any use.|
Works for me. He appeared to have some sort of similar device in an issue of the 90s War Machine series as well, in an issue-end cameo.
| > > Nick is no longer being blackmailed. He no longer needs to take the formula due to its cumulative effect over the years.|
> I know he is no longer being blackmailed, that was cleared up in Marvel Spotlight 31 when Nick found the booster shot formula for himself after Sternberg's death. But can you give a reference for when it was shown that he no longer needs the formula? I must have missed that issue.
Nick Fury vs. SHIELD mini mentions that the formula itself isn't enough to keep Fury going anymore, but it has mutated into its current compound by something in Fury's blood. So, there's that.