I did manage to tune in just in time to catch the "I will take the Ring to Gondor scene."
Fury wanted to start a team of superheroes but the idea was shot down. The only way to revive it would be to get a common enemy.
Thor showed up on earth and Loki blew stuff up. But Thor went away before the gods in question could be a common threat to unite around.
Fury immediately hired Selvig to wake up the tesseract, something that had been sleeping for a very long time (since during World War II) and the only thing on earth capable of sending a signal to the entire cosmos saying, "Come here and kick our ass."
The fact that it says this is not unknown to Fury because it's part of the briefing he gave Barton. When Barton points out that the interference is coming from the other side it's because he's been told that there are two sides: Earth and Where The Wild Things Are.
Fury intentionally activated the cube knowing it would send out a signal to Where The Wild Thing Are. Fury explains that the only idea he was behind even more than making an arsenal of weapons intended for the sole purpose of committing mass murder was the Avengers Initiative which was to fight threats they couldn't fight on their own and there weren't any in the neighborhood.
So he did two things. One was create the mass murder weapons. (Bigger than anything merely nuclear could ever murder.) The other was to put the light on knowing that it would draw threats they couldn't fight on their own.
In the words of Captain America, "He's got the same blood on his hands as Loki does."
But that's not the thing. That's not what makes him utterly evil, not even close. That's just chumming the waters around a swimming area.
No, what makes him utterly evil is this:
The Black Widow told Fury that Loki's plan was to unleash the Hulk.
Fury proceeded to lie to Bruce Banner, push Bruce Banner's buttons, refuse to allow Banner to let off steam even for a second thus forcing all the anger to build up inside of him ensuring an explosion, I'm not sure whether having his flying monkey insult Banner thrice over should count because I don't know if she was in on it (it should be noted that the character of the Black Widow is way too awesome to be restricted to the position of Fury's flying monkey and it is a shame she was for so much of the movie), treats Banner as an object, a threat, a child, an enemy, scum, an idiot, and much much worse and did all of the things governed by the word "treats" in five words --that's like a high speed barrage of emotional body blows. He is doing the emotional equivalent of beating Banner to the ground and kicking him while he's down. The only question is whether he's wearing steel toed boots or the James Bond ones knives stick out of-- there's a minor interlude where Fury has Rodgers' doing the work of saying that Banner isn't allowed to let off any steam but instead has to keep it all inside until it boils over but Fury is soon back to intentionally pushing Banner's buttons: he no longer even addresses Banner instead he's started treating Banner like an object and is ordering his flying monkey to use force to remove Banner from his own lab in so doing treating Banner not just as an object but also as a prisoner, an enemy, a criminal, and of course a monster, he quickly follows this up by lying to Banner about his transparent plot kill Banner that he has taken so far as to redesign is fucking flying air craft carrier to include a "Let's murder Bruce Banner" cage within it, and finally he goes to his gun.
This being the last act of Fury before other forces intervene it might do well to dwell on it somewhat.
Like any intelligent person Fury doesn't want his gun to fall out of his holster. That way bad things lie. So it is restrained and requires him to remove the retraining strap and get ready to draw. His trigger finger is positioned so that as soon as he pulls the gun from the holster he'll be able to get his finger on the trigger in minimum time. You don't put your finger to trigger unless you intend to fire.
What is it that makes him prepare to draw on Banner?
After his sustained campaign of pushing Banner's buttons Banner spilled the one sure fire way to summon the Hulk. Shooting Banner doesn't work. Instead of killing him it transforms him. He doesn't get wounded, he becomes the Hulk who happens to be impervious to bullets in a Mongo kind of way ("Don't shoot him; you'll just make him mad.) Drawing a gun on Banner can't help the situation in any way. Fury knows this. There are only two possibilities: one is that nothing changes. Banner continues to weather Fury's unending onslaught without losing control. The second is that Banner transforms into the Hulk.
There are no other possibilities. The gun cannot be used to hurt Banner. It cannot be used to scare Banner. It is not a threat to Banner. The only thing the gun can do is cause Banner to transform into the Hulk against his will.
Fury knows this.
He's just had it explained to him in small words even a child could understand.
Still he prepares to draw on Banner.
This just caps off everything he's done since he learned Loki wanted Banner to transform into the Hulk. It is completely consistent with all the rest.
And that's why Fury is utterly evil.
Between the time he learned that Loki wanted Banner to transform into the Hulk and when the computer finding the cube defused the situation there is not a single thing Fury does in Banner's general direction that does not read as a transparent attempt to get Banner to transform into the Hulk.
Nobody is that stupid.
Fury learns that Loki wants the Hulk unleashed and then heads off to speed along the process. That's fucking evil.
Compared to that stealing Coulson's cards from his locker, putting blood on them that may or may not have been stolen from Coulson himself (they were collectible asshole) using the cards and the blood wrapped in a pack of lies in an attempt to cause a severe guilt trip in someone who has already had to deal with the fact that all of his friends and family died of old age while he was under the arctic ice to manipulate him into doing the job Fury already should have done but has shown a singular lack of interest in actually doing really doesn't even seem to rate.
Sure that's nasty sickening bullying controlling abusive assholic behavior, but look at what he did to fucking Banner.
Some people have wondered why the Hulk goes after the Black Widow. The fact she was the only one in the room probably played a role, but the fact that Fury made sure to identify her as Banner's enemy during his whole "Let's see if I can destabilize this guy emotionally" campaign probably didn't hurt.
Minor note for the "Not As Bad As"ers out there. Nick Fury is utterly evil, but he still doesn't manage to be the most evil person in the film. That honor goes to the people who outrank Fury (thus probably explaining how he got his job.) Their plan was, and I shit you not:
Let's nuke Manhattan thus taking out all of our own defenses while doing nothing to shut down the portal and allowing the enemy to send their several additional motherships (and that's just the ones that we know of because they're visible) through the portal unmolested and set up shop in whatever neighboring towns and cities they take a liking to destroying any possibility of containment and giving the alien invasion force an near unassailable foothold on earth.Their particular reasons for having this plan are never gotten into, maybe they just wanted to test fire one of their weapons of mass destruction.
What is clear is this: Loki doesn't get to be most evil because there's an entire cadre of humans who are nominally his enemies that are pulling out all the stops to do his job for him.