The Marvel Cinematic Universe owes a lot to Samuel L. Jackson. Iron Man was certainly a fun movie that perfected the superhero formula and showed there was room in the genre for levity, but what made it such a game-changer was the promise of The Avengers, teased when Jackson turned up as Nick Fury in the post-credits scene. After that, the actor appeared in several other Phase 1 movies setting up the assembling of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, then took an even bigger role in the likes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Following his early dominance, Jackson's appeared in fewer films - he sat out Avengers-movie-by-another-name Captain America: Civil War and it's yet to be confirmed whether he'll make an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War. But while Nick Fury isn't in the movies as much at the moment, it won't be like that forever.
Talking to We Got This Covered for the release of Kong: Skull Island, Jackson talked about his ongoing involvement in the franchise, talking about his interest in a Nick Fury film and hinting that he may appear in Captain Marvel:
"Yeah, I’d love to do a Nick Fury movie. I’m always open and game. But they got Infinity Wars, two movies to do there, and after that there’s Brie [Larson’s] movie Captain Marvel, which maybe [Nick] will be part of."
Although Jackson drops the Infinity War films in his statement, it's not clear whether that's a confirmation of his involvement or more a broad statement of Marvel's busy upcoming slate. It does sound like Fury's worked into those Captain Marvel scripts, though. The first female-led film in the MCU is set for release in March 2019, meaning it could have been four years since audiences last saw the S.H.I.E.L.D. director (in Age of Ultron).
This isn't totally surprising: Jackson's original Marvel contract accounted for nine movies and so far he's appeared in seven (Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron), meaning that Marvel will need to use the character sparingly unless they can get the actor to sign on for more.
As for the solo Nick Fury film, that's has been something fans have wanted ever since Jackson put on the eye-patch, and after The Winter Soldier vastly expanded his character there's definitely scope for it to work. As the actor points out, the real barrier is time; the Marvel slate is jam-packed with debuts for major heroes and sequels to existing icons, so fitting in a non-superpowered guy may be tricky. Still, with the MCU getting increasingly cosmic, a grounded spy thriller could be just to thing to mix things up.
Source: We Got This Covered
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019