‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ – What’s Next for Samuel L. Jackson & Cobie Smulders?

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High-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. officials Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) will both appear in Captain America: The Winter Soldier – the first of this year’s dual Phase 2 sequels from Marvel Studios – before they show up in Joss Whedon’s sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, which begins production very soon. However, with the remaining open boxes on Jackson’s nine-picture checklist with Marvel rapidly dwindling and Smulders about to be all done with How I Met Your Mother (once the series finale airs), it begs the question – what’s next for the pair?

In the Winter Soldier trailer, Robert Redford’s mysterious character tells Steve Rogers that “To build a better world… sometimes means tearing the old one down,” and the implication is that S.H.I.E.L.D.’s mode of operation might get shaken-up something fierce by the film’s conclusion. Similarly, ABC’s president has promised that season 1 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which wraps up around the time that Winter Soldier hits theaters) will finish with a dramatic nine-episode arc; take all that into consideration and it appears to point to the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization undergoing a significant transformation to its internal structure in the near future.

What does that mean for S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury, once he re-gathers all of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to battle a dangerous robot in the Avengers sequel? Well, it Jackson knows, then he isn’t telling, as evidenced by the following excerpt from an interview he conducted with Fandango:

Jackson insists he has no idea about the road ahead for Nick Fury beyond the Captain America and Avengers sequels. “Nope, none whatsoever,” he says proudly. “I just know that the Marvel Universe is there, that there are things going on, and that I have three pictures left on my nine-picture deal. That’s all I know. I’ve done six of them, and I’m about to do seven, so I’m running out of Marvel pictures – unless they extend my contract.”

Jackson also clarified that he’s certainly game to extend his Marvel contract (“Hell, yeah! Why wouldn’t I?”), though it’s possible that the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity might take its cues from some contemporary Avengers comic book story lines and have Hill assume the responsibility of S.H.I.E.L.D. Director (while Fury steps aside for reasons to be determined – in the movies, that is).

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While there’s not much in Whedon’s Avengers theatrical cut that lays the foundation for a future change of power between Fury and Hill, the deleted opening sequence (with Hill assessing Fury’s handling of the Manhattan “incident” to a group of shadowy superiors) indicates that such a development in the MCU has at least been considered and/or planned at some point (if not still remaining a part of the studios’ playbook…).

In related news: Smulders played Agent Hill in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot episode (while SLJ cameoed as Nick Fury in the second episode), but there’s been no word since as to whether or not the character will make a followup appearance on the show before season one draws to a close. During an interview with IGN, Smulders playfully refused to divulge any secrets about Avengers: Age of Ultron, but was slightly more forthcoming about the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show (and by that, I mean she admitted to not having much to offer):

“No, I don’t know anything about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. I’ve been watching, and I think it’s such a great show. They’re doing such a wonderful job, but I don’t know about my personal involvement.”

As mentioned before, with How I Met Your Mother coming to an end this year (something Smulders addressed during her discussion with IGN), that should free up Smulder’s work schedule so that it’s actually feasible for her as Maria Hill to play a larger role in future Marvel film installments; the character becoming a mainstay on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes far less sense. Furthermore, the primary Avengers roster is almost certainly going to incorporate new members like Ant-Man and Doctor Strange (while retiring other players) during Marvel Studios’ Phase 3 and Phase 4, so it might be appropriate for some related personnel changes at the top of S.H.I.E.L.D. to take place around the same time.


Marvel Studios will release Captain America: The Winter Soldier in theaters on April 4th, 2014, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31st 2015, and unannounced films on May 6th, 2016, July 8th, 2016 and May 5th, 2017.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns February 4th @ 8pm on ABC with episode 13, “Tracks”.

Source: Fandango, IGN

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  1. make a spy-series with shield but with only black widow and hawkeye a la “true detective”, and put also cobie and jackson in it just to run the thing.

    • Yes to what you said, but also Falcon, I think there should be a movie about SHIELD incorporating only those characters and maybe a few more like The Punisher.

  2. How about an Avengers West Coast that handles mostly International issues? Get more worldwide inclusion in the movies, so it comes off as more epic!

    • I was kinda wondering about that myself, so that they coiuld have two area-Avengers teams, and alternate them in the movies between years, so we had an Avengers team movie of some kind every one to two years (or is this squeezing the schedule a bit too close?).

  3. Marvel needs to prepare their new properties a bit faster if they want their cinematic universe to last while including The Avengers. Thor 3 and Cap 3 need to be saved for Phase 4, after Avengers 3. Marvel is gonna run out of core characters too soon.

    • Wha? You can’t be serious! The Avengers are known for having a mega-roster and change-ups, shakedowns, and more boy-bands than any title, ever!

  4. Am I the only one who thought of Civil War when watching that deleted scene with Agent Hill?

    • Yeah but they’ll never do it. There’s too much content from civil war to condense into one movie, not to mention the point of the story was that there was too many super-powered humans going around taking the law into their own hands that incidents like nitro exploding in stamford were occurring.

      In this run the most powerful super-humans even with the addition of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are all on The Avengers (and possible Ant-Man) and the future characters that marvel are considering giving stand alone films have all been members of the team at some point in the comics while the comics had Spider-Man, Young Avengers, The X-Men, The fantastic Four, Heroes for Hire, The Inhumans and numerous other non-avenger heroes. Plus Civil War is told from the perspective of both Captain America and Iron Man, I personally don’t see how you could pull off a Marvel Civil War movie even if Marvel Studios had the rights to Spider-Man, fantastic four and X-Men. Not to get at you or anything but I feel like we shouldn’t get our hopes up for a Marvel Civil War movie or an Avengers Vs X-Men movie or a House of M movie.

      I mean even if you could pull this all off, the MCU works since you don’t need to watch all the phase 1 movies to understand The Avengers movie

  5. If Hill dousn’t take over SHIELD, I’d like to see them use her to replace Abigail Brand as director of SWORD, so they can help tie in more cosmic Marvel.

    • The inclusion of S.W.O.R.D. is a great idea to help to humanize the cosmic scene…

      • It also gives them the ability to rope in stuff like GotG without having to give a lame explanation as to why SHIELD cares about them. SWORD is the logical link to another side of the MCU that can be related, but doesn’t HAVE to be connected.

        It helps avoid the “Where’s SHIELD?” question.

        • The lame explanation is actually, They want that ‘thing everyone is after’ and to keep it safe. Aka It’s an infinity gem. SWORD should be a cosmic branch of SHIELD, with Maria Hill in the lead like you said. Then again, they’d make a SWORD tv show…wait…THAT’D BE AWESOME!

          • Agents of SWORD would be a great Netflix show.

  6. maybe they kill off Fury and he gets reincarnated with David Hasselhoff…cheaper contract

  7. I think Secret Avengers movie with it’s current line up could be cool. Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Phil Coulson, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk, Iron Patriot, Mockingbird and Taskmaster.

  8. I love Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury but do they have long term plans for the character? This could be there time to introduce a new Nick Fury in Phase 3 or 4. If they really wanted to, introduce a white nick fury and do the opposite of what they did in the comics.

    White Nick Fury that served in WW2 as a spy and after the war met up with the Howling Commandos and continued their adventures into the 50′s and beyond. During this time they are slowly building the S.H.I.E.D. and that would allow you to introduce Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, Von Strucker (younger), Zemo, and a lot of others.

    After one of their missions Nicky Fury meets Gabriel Jones’s (Howling Commandos played by Derek Luke) sister and nine months later you have a little Nick Fury Jr. that is currently played by Samuel L Jackson. And lets say White Nick Fury Sr. goes into heading during the 80′s or something because he discovered undercover Skrulls. BOOM. That will lead you into the Secret Invasion storyline for the MCU.

    • I don’t know that I want to see a white Nick Fury, but I would like to involve a younger version in an Agent Carter TV show that can bring in Howard Stark and do some Origins of SHIELD stuff.

      • into hiding**

        Doesn’t really matter to me, but I think it would be neat to see the MCU during those years. White or Black, doesn’t matter. That would tie into Winter Soldier stuff, and countless possibilities.

    • The idea I had was that Nick Fury isn’t any one person but a code name used for the “leader” of a high ranking officer within Shield and that we’ve only noticed it now since the newest version of Nick Fury is black. It could be used to explain why there was a white Nick Fury in WW2 and a black Nick Fury in modern times.

      • Nick Fury has been black in the comics for quite a while in the ultimate universe, including some video games and non ultimate universe comics. That idea is not too good, it seems rather silly to me…idk why.

      • ahhhh the james bond theory

  9. What I would like marvel to do is maybe have Fury ‘killed’ or removed from his post during Avengers 2 (Jackson’s 8th film) and sit out Phase 3
    Let Maria Hill take the lead during phase 3 as a trial from marvels perspective to see if Cobie can handle the bigger role

    Then have him come back in the eleventh hour of Avengers 3 maybe with the likes of the Heroes for hire/Defenders from the netflix shows behind him and/or with a master plan of how to beat Thanos – for Sam Ls final contracted appearance as the character, would give him an opportunity give a classic badass Sam L performance like only he can, during the film we have all been waiting for since the first Avengers mid-credits scene

    After all it was Fury’s appearance at the end of Iron Man that started everything – let him be a key part of the climax to the Avengers first trilogy, not just standing around on the Helicarrier
    Plus it would put off any contract talks off until this whole Thanos – Infinity Gauntlet story is complete

  10. Anyone think we’ll see H.A.M.M.E.R. take over S.H.I.E.L.D. I know Norman Osborn is in the Sony camp but Victoria Hand has already shown up in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ep. the Hub. In the same episode there is signpost in the hub for H.A.M.M.E.R. Could we see the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Cap 2 or as a result of some fallout over Ultron in Avengers 2 ? It would make things a lot more interesting for Nick Fury.

  11. I think they should just extend his contract. No sense in getting rid of him now. He is as much a part of the MCU as any of the super powered heroes, hell if not a bigger part since he put them together. I think Samuel L has done a great job as Fury. I’m stoked to see more of him in the coming movies!!!

  12. I’d like to see Vietnam era Sgt Fury and the Howling Commandos Movie or television show, which leads to a Nick Fury Agent of SHIELD Movie; as well as, a McCarty Era Agent Carter T.V. program which introduces William Burnside (2nd Cap) and Jack Monroe (2nd Bucky).

    Marvel will most likely retire Sam Jackson as Nick Fury after phase 3.

  13. I’m hearing rumors about some dude name Wardell saying time travel will be involved in AOS, and they will actually get a young Hank Pym to join the Avengers and that Hank Pym DID create Ultron in the past….I HOPE IT’S TRUE!!! And that we get Wasp also.

      • PS: the link is full of potential SPOILERS

        • @Jon, Yeah I’ve read those and it’s EXTREMELY ambitious!!! It has everything I want Marvel to do to rectify things like I’ve hated like the Mandarin, and Old Hank Pym and and plot holes. I mean this guy is so detailed and everything makes perfect sense. If that stuff actually happens…..Oh…My….God!!!!! It will totally change the game…and yeah, M.O.E(Masters of Evolution). Oh man, I’ve been mad at Marvel but if these this stuff turns out to be true, I’ll be squealing like a little girl and it’ll out due Avengers 1 and will be beyond EPIC!!!! I also think it will dethrone Avatar.

      • those are his guesses? or supposed leaks?

        do you have his old tweets that have come true or just the new ones

        • @Daredevil, I don’t know how to embed tweets but I read stuff that he tweeted in 2012 before Avengers came out that were true. You can check out his tweets yourself on your computer through Google. Also stuff about the first Phase 2 films that he had been already tweeted about long before the movies came out and they were also true. It all makes a lot of sense but could be mind boggling for some people, as they may not be able to follow some stuff because its very complex.

          I’ve seen people complaining(mainly D.C. fans) that Avengers #1 had a too simple and boring story, this guy laid this out then I saw all of these D.C. fans and haters saying its too convoluted, smh….Everything this guy says ties up all or most of the looses ends and is also connected with Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D t.v. show and he’s revealed stuff about that too. It’s gets me very excited because I was very annoyed with how Marvel was handling stuff lately but all of this has gotten me even more excited than I was before, I hope its all true. While some say this will be too convoluted or too complex for the GA, but I don’t agree with that because by most people’s standards, Star Wars, Terminator, and The Matrix were complex but people still love those films because they were good whether they could explain or follow them thoroughly or not. People just want a good or great movie. Some people underestimate the GA sometimes also.

  14. Let’s suppose hypothetically for a moment (not that I want to see them “retired” or “away on a mission” while an Avengers flick is going on), that they do an Avengers movie without Thor, Cap, iron Man, Hawkeye, Hulk, and Black Widow. Well, who could they get? Although I can’t quite picture Dr. Strange as an Avenger, I know some people would like to see that. Ditto Ms. Marvel. As to the new core team, they could have this second group of Avengers roster include Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, Wasp and Goliath, maybe Vision and Black Panther. You could probably make a good group out of that. If I were really to reach a bit deeper into the comics, I suppose they could include Monica Rambeau as Captain Marvel, or maybe use this as a place to introduce Moon Knight. Lots of options out there.

  15. Honestly we all know Avengers 3 will be Thanos, and i have a very strong feeling Avengers 4 will be the civil war storyline, with roster changes. It seems like the best direction to head if you ask me.

  16. The decision made on these things could open the door to the Marvel Civil War.

  17. Honestly, I’d love to see Hill take over in Age of Ultron if we could get a Nick Fury movie with Sam Jackson as a rouge agent on the run. It would be awesome to see Hill turn Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Coulson against Fury or better yet Coulson goes AWAL with him and we get a Pulp Fiction-esqe buddy movie with them against the world. I’d definitely watch that.

  18. Tony Stark to be made the new head of shield at the end of Captain America: Winter Soldier? Introducing the new more serious Tony Stark that we start to see at the end of IM3 and setting him up for an awesome off with the suit and tie and on with the battle armor scene in Age of Ultron. And likewise we get to see Fury doing some rag tag mercenary business.

  19. Bunch of losers that don’t understand how the movie business works.