How Samuel L. Jackson Learned He Was in Captain Marvel

Samuel L. Jackson reveals he learned he was going to star in the Captain Marvel movie by reading the reports online when they first came out.

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Samuel L. Jackson is revealing the unusual way he found out that he was going to be appearing in Captain Marvel. Since his brief appearance as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Nick Fury in the after-credits scene in 2008's Iron Man, Jackson has maintained a major presence as the eye patch-wearing Avengers leader in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in six more Marvel Studios features.

Two years after his last MCU appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, word surfaced last month that Fury was making a comeback of sorts when rumors surfaced that the Jackson was going to appear in Captain Marvel (an appearance he hinted at back in February). The interesting thing is, once those rumors turned out to be true, Jackson apparently didn't get the memo from the studio that he was not only starring in the film, but that Fury would be younger and have both of his eyes since Captain Marvel is set in the 1990s.

In a new interview for his upcoming action comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Jackson told Fandango (via CBR) that he learned about the news the same way most people learn about things these days: He read about it online.

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Now that he's cast to star opposite Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in the film, Jackson will have to start learning his lines again — but this time with two eyes. It will be a definite change-up for the actor because wearing an eye patch as Fury for seven films created a special sort of challenge for him. He says:

"It will be easier to learn my lines. It's one of those weird things I figured out. The first day I shot as Nick Fury, with one eye, I couldn't remember my lines. I was tired because we were coming from somewhere and I thought it was fatigue, and I realized I learned my lines with two eyes so I started blocking my eye ... it's a stupid kind of thing, but it totally works."

Since Marvel is showing a willingness to set its film in different eras, it will be interesting to see if the loss of Fury's left eye will be part of the Captain Marvel narrative or whether the incident happens in a different film (in the comics, he lost it in grenade blast in World War II, but that fact doesn't jibe with the Avengers timeline).

Whatever the case may be, it's great to see Fury back in the MCU starting lineup. In all likelihood, Fury will be making an appearance in  Avengers: Infinity War, which means fans will see Jackson with his Avengers pals sooner than later, but Captain Marvel promises to present the character in a much different light than we've ever seen him in before.

Next: What Does Captain Marvel's '90s Setting Mean for the MCU?

Source: Fandango (via CBR)

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