A spy is somebody who has secrets. They are people who are usually employed by a governmental organization to find out information about potential threats. To spy on someone is to keep a close eye on somebody’s behaviors and actions. Spies have been used in major global conflicts, for example in the Cold War and both World Wars. Virginia Hall was an American spy with the British Special Operations Executive during World War Two. She helped organize the efforts of the French Resistance in occupied France, using the cover of a reporter for the New York Post. She narrowly escaped arrest by the Nazis, and fled to Spain, where she was later picked up by the US forces.

How do you become a spy?

The basic requirements to become a spy include not being in trouble with the law, not doing drugs, going to college, being ready to travel, and being a citizen. The application process will involve several rounds of interview, tests, with extensive checks into your character, reliability, and judgement. Each organization will have different requirements to become a spy and the process generally takes from 6 months to 2 years.

What do spies do?

Spies are often collecting valuable information for the nation’s decision makers as well as risking their lives in the process. The life of a spy is much different than what is depicted in the movies. Much of what spies do is psychology-based and includes acting. Spies are able to read people, sell people an idea, establish strong human relationships, figure out what motivates people, and manipulate people to get the information they want.

What are the qualities of a spy?

The qualities of a spy include being low-key, being able to blend with the general public very well, observational skills, and interpersonal skills. Other qualities are self-reliance, bravery, intelligence, and creativity, integrity, honor, courage, flexibility, confidence, and humility. Amiability, being subjective, and having sense of humor are also important qualities that a spy should possess.

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Nick Fury
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Nick Fury is a spy and veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. operative that appears throughout Marvel Comics. Typically assumed to be the leader of the superhero counter-terrorism agency S.H.I.E.L.D., Fury is a master military tactician with a mysterious past as a war soldier and member of the C.I.A. Nick Fury debuted by Marvel in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1 released in May, 1963 and first appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Iron Man (2008).

Nick Fury is portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in the MCU at a height of 6’2” (1.88 m), but is 6’1” (1.85 m) in the comics.

Elevation illustrations of Nick Fury in side profile with his hands on his hips and aiming a pistol
Nick Fury is a spy and veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. operative that appears throughout Marvel Comics. Typically assumed to be the leader of the superhero counter-terrorism agency S.H.I.E.L.D., Fury is a master military tactician with a mysterious past as a war soldier and member of the C.I.A.

Nick Fury is portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson in the MCU at a height of 6’2” (1.88 m), but is 6’1” (1.85 m) in the comics.

Elevation illustrations of Nick Fury in side profile with his hands on his hips and aiming a pistol
Nick Fury
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Name: Nicholas Joseph “Nick” Fury
Height: 6’2” | 1.88 m (MCU); 6’1” | 1.85 m (Comics)
First Appearance: Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #1 (May, 1963)
Powers: Military strategist; longevity; armed and unarmed combat

Actor: Samuel L. Jackson

First Appearance
1963

Drawings include:
Nick Fury standing (front), standing (side), dodging, shooting

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Black Widow
Illustrations of Black Widow standing and walking with height measured

Black Widow, real name Natasha Romanoff, is a trained female secret agent and superhero that appears in Marvel Comics. Associated with the superhero teams S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers, Black Widow makes up for her lack of superpowers with world class training as an athlete, acrobat, and expert martial artist and weapon specialist. Black Widow was introduced by Marvel in Tales of Suspense #52 in April, 1964.

Black Widow has a height of 5’5” (1.64 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 5’7” (1.70 m) in the comics.

Drawings of Black Widow engaged in battle with jumping and crouching postures
Black Widow, real name Natasha Romanoff, is a female secret agent and superhero that appears in Marvel Comics. Associated with the superhero teams S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers, Black Widow makes up for her lack of superpowers with world class training as an athlete, acrobat, and martial artist.

Black Widow has a height of 5’5” (1.64 m) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 5’7” (1.70 m) in the comics.

Drawings of Black Widow engaged in battle with jumping and crouching postures
Black Widow
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Name: Natasha Romanoff
Height: 5’5” | 1.64 m (MCU); 5’7” | 1.70 m (Comics)
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #52 (April, 1964)
Powers: Secret agent; hand-to-hand combat specialist; slowed aging; master marksman and weapon specialist

First Appearance
1964

Drawings include:
Black Widow standing (batons), walking (front), jumping (fighting), crouched

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