Could Nick Fury have an ex-wife in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
And if so, could she be part of Avengers: Age of Ultron?
Korean actress Claudia Kim will be playing an as-yet-unidentified character who is apparently fairly close to The Avengers in Avengers: Age of Ultron; one close enough to be at a party with the characters in their civilian clothes, where nobody else is except Maria Hill and The Avengers.
There's been a good deal of speculation that her role could be that of someone working close with Stark Industries and The Avengers on AI or cybernetics. To that end, we wondered a bit about Monica Chang of Avengers AI fame.
Avengers AI is one of the handful of comics that spun out of the events of Marvel's Age of Ultron storyline. While it has little in common with the film, that seems worth at least considering.
Chang herself was created in the Ultimate Comics universe. She was an American soldier whose life was saved by Nick Fury. The pair ultimately married, but the marriage was short lived as Fury was repeatedly unfaithful and Chang left him. She remained involved with S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Avengers, though, until her death at the hands of the Green Goblin.
There are a number of similarities between Marvel's The Avengers and The Ultimates, the Ultimate Universe iteration of the characters. Of course, certain elements of upcoming stories are very clearly based on "Earth 616" stories like Civil War.
It's in the 616 universe that Chang -- a Korean surname -- is a member of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s AI field team, published as Avengers AI.
According to the Marvel Wiki, "She was tasked with the interrogation of Hank Pym after the virus with which he destroyed Ultron evolved into the A.I. known as Dimitrios, and started mounting cyberattacks against secure military and intelligence targets. She ordered Hank Pym to help her destroy this new threat, for which Pym created a new team of Avengers: the Avengers A.I."
It's worth noting that a variation on that might gel with rumors that the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron would see Tony Stark reeling from his responsibility in the creation of Ultron and Captain America splitting off a splinter group of Avengers ahead of Captain America: Civil War.
It would also fit with the rumors circulating that Kim's character is involved with the Ultron creation and/or response.