A pre-SDCC interview with Samuel L. Jackson casts doubt on just how official his involvement in 2019's Captain Marvel solo film is as of right now. Nick Fury's role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had an interesting evolution over the past few years, and ever since S.H.I.E.L.D. was dismantled in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Fury has more or less taken a backseat in all of the subsequent films. Not only was he not included at all in Captain America: Civil War's central conflict - much to the surprise of many fans - but it's looking less and less certain that Jackson will be reprising his role as Fury in either Avengers 3 or Avengers 4.
As a result, when Marvel announced Nick Fury would be in Captain Marvel - which was one of many Captain Marvel-related announcements made at this year's SDCC - fans were excited to see the integral Marvel character be brought back into the spotlight again. Considering that Captain Marvel's 1990s setting also means it'll follow Fury during a time before he ever met Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man or any of the other Avengers, Fury's role in the film has just become an even larger talking point amongst fans.
While speaking with Yahoo! Movies UK before Kevin Feige officially announced Fury's role in Captain Marvel, Jackson revealed that he has not even seen a script or signed a contract for the 2019 solo film:
"I haven't signed a contract, haven't seen a script. I talked to Brie [Larson] the other day and she didn't say anything, she's the only person I know that's actually in the movie. I've been rumored to be in several different Marvel movies that I haven't shown up in."
Now, it's important to note that Yahoo! does specify the interview was done before Marvel's announcements at SDCC back in July, which means it's entirely possible Jackson has read the script and signed a contract for the film since this interview was conducted. At the same time, though, Jackson's recent comments about Captain Marvel since SDCC haven't necessarily hinted at a heavy involvement in the project up until this point. Especially since Jackson revealed he didn't know Nick Fury would have two eyes in Captain Marvel until he read about it online.
In all likelihood, Jackson either signed a contract with Marvel to appear in the film sometime after this interview was conducted or Feige and the rest of the Marvel creative execs just haven't gotten to that part of the process yet. The studio does have a habit of planning ahead with each of their films and catching their actors up on those plans somewhat last minute occasionally, which doesn't make this Jackson news worrying so much as mystifying. It feels safe to say now that Nick Fury will, indeed, be appearing in some capacity in Captain Marvel - this interview just makes the behind-the-scenes relationship between Jackson and Marvel regarding the film a little less clear.
Source: Yahoo! Movies UK
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- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
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