After going back to the '90s in Captain Marvel, Samuel L. Jackson wants to see more of Nick Fury's past explored. Ever since making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Iron Man's stinger, the now former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been one of the most frequently used characters, making appearances in some of the MCU's biggest films. He also had a few guest spots on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in some of the show's earlier seasons, making him one of a few characters to transition between films and TV.
Throughout all of the appearances, he has yet to have a starring role. His biggest roles so far have been Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which explained a bit of his rise through S.H.I.E.L.D., and The Avengers, which showed why he put all of his belief in the Avengers Initiative. However, it may be Captain Marvel that gives him his most revealing role to date, as fans will get to see a young, desk jockey version of Fury (who still has both eyes). Now that de-aging technology has opened up the door to tell more stories, Jackson wants to keep bringing Fury back in other time periods.
Jackson spoke to CinemaBlend recently to promote Captain Marvel and they asked him what ideas he had for additional Nick Fury adventures set in the past. Whether it would be his pre-S.H.I.E.L.D. days or when he went undercover after the fall, here are Jackson's ideas for fleshing out his MCU character:
"Part of his service record and also the fact that he was a spy for a while. Where was he, what was he doing, how did he meet this particular person?... He met Natasha through the whole spy thing, I’d like to explore that a bit. I’d also like to know what he was doing after Winter Soldier when they said go to Europe and find out what’s going on."
If Jackson is truly interested in exploring more of Nick Fury's backstory, he may just be in luck. How he met Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow) specifically could very well happen soon. Black Widow is reportedly going to be a prequel/origin solo film for Scarlett Johansson that would take place prior to her joining S.H.I.E.L.D. If this is the case, it would be the perfect opportunity for Marvel to show Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye being sent to kill her, deciding not to, and then how Fury meets her and welcomes her into S.H.I.E.L.D.
Even though Jackson may be looking to the past to continue playing Fury, his immediate future is still in the present day. He may or may not actually be in Avengers: Endgame, but Fury will return in Spider-Man: Far From Home later this summer, which picks up after the events of the Phase 3 capper. After that, we don't know what exactly his future holds, but Disney Plus could be the answer to Jackson's other interests. Since Marvel's already mastered the de-aging tech on Fury, they could tell a decade-spanning story of Fury through his own live-action series. It would be able to cover Fury's days as a soldier and a spy that otherwise may not fit into any planned films. After a decade of being a supporting character, it would be great to finally see Fury be the focus of his own story, and Jackson clearly has ideas, so hopefully Marvel is interested.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019