One of my many Marvel Studios projects that has been talked about frequently over the last few months is that of a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie which would focus on the character of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and his elite agents. Sam L revealed that such a movie could come after The Avengers but it would clearly depend on how well it performed.
The other day we reported on Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President of Production, who made it clear that he believes SHIELD could be its own franchise among other properties such as Iron First, Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Panther. He reiterated that The Avengers would give us our first real look at the inner workings of the organization.
At Comic-Con a few weeks ago, MovieWeb joined in on the press line for ABC's hit series Castle where they spoke with series creator Andrew W. Marlowe who's also a screenwriter. Marlowe penned the screenplay for a Nick Fury solo film a few years back and in the video below he's asked about adjusting it to fit Samuel L. Jackson's take on the character.
As you'll see, Marlowe explains how Marvel is using the character of Fury as a bigger element in The Avengers and he hasn't carried his own series before.
I've mentioned this before but I believe a Nick Fury/SHIELD film is a logical next step after The Avengers. Unlike a lot of second tier Marvel characters, Nick Fury is now known to the mainstream thanks to the Iron Man movies and Samuel L. Jackson. He and the other heroes who could join him in SHIELD would be an easier sell than properties such as Dr. Strange. Such a film could already include a lot of the cast members already playing roles in that along with The First Avenger: Captain America and Thor:
- Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg)
- Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)
- Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)
- Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner)
- Dum Dum Dugan (Neal McDonough)
What makes these characters so interesting is how they deal and work with superpowered people but have no special abilities themselves. They're just extremely skilled at what they do and that aspect of them offers a refreshing contrast come time for The Avengers which will bring them together with the likes of Hulk and Thor.
Are you interested in a SHIELD movie?
Thor opens May 5, 2011; The First Avenger: Captain America hits July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012. What comes next we don’t yet know.