MTV caught up with the new Nick Fury actor, Samuel L. Jackson, at an event for the 20th anniversary of Spike Lee's film Do The Right Thing and discussed with him his role in Iron Man 2.
The star actor of seemingly every movie revealed that his role in the sequel to Iron Man will be limited to him pulling strings behind the scenes and not getting directly involved in any sort of combat.
“Not this time, not yet… We still haven’t moved Nick Fury into the bad-ass zone. He’s still just kind of a talker.”
As for when he’ll start kicking ass and taking names, MTV news asked him if that’ll start with the Avengers film.
“Looking forward to that, yeah.”
I guess he doesn’t know but he’s sure excited for that movie. Who wouldn’t be excited about playing a major role in one of the most epic movies in planning right now. Even though it’s at least three years away with its predecessor films still in pre-production, I’m looking forward to it.
Speaking of the Avengers... Not only will we be seeing a ton of heroes crossing paths with tons of support characters and likely, villains, the folks behind the movie are dealing with the complexities of making the film. They must cross-paths themselves frequently to make sure everyone’s on the same page and within the same continuity with their own films leading up to the Avengers team-up flick.
The three key characters; Iron Man, Captain America and Thor all have their own solo flicks coming up in the next two years and each has its own creative team behind it. That makes life challenging for Avengers writer Zak Penn who must take all of their individual stories and happenings together in planning the Avengers – especially that of Captain America which will lead into the Avengers but is still in its early stages with not even one cast member announced (look out for Captain America announcements soon!).
As for Fury not being an action hero in Iron Man 2, this is completely unsurprising for me and I think, a good thing. The movie will focus on more action for the protagonist and is introducing multiple new characters who will share in the action sequences as well.
Along with Mickey Rourke’s villainous Whiplash, we have Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow along with the highly anticipated introduction of War Machine. Director Jon Favreau has plenty to work with for Iron Man 2 already for his action sequences.
Sam L has a nine-picture deal with Marvel Studios so he’ll sure get his chance several times to be involved in the action directly, perhaps even his own solo title as Nick Fury or in a movie based on the secret organization he directs, S.H.I.E.L.D.
Plus, by having him focus on simply directing S.H.I.E.L.D. and working towards bringing these characters together for a few movies, it’ll make it that more special when it's his time to shine on the front line.
What do you think of Sam L's Nick Fury and what would you like to see him in down the road?
Iron Man 2 kicks off next year’s summer season on May 7, 2010.