Samuel L. Jackson is set to reprise his famous character Nick Fury in 2019's Captain Marvel. Fury was one of the first figures in the Marvel Cinematic Universe audiences met, making his initial appearance in the original Iron Man back in 2008. Helping form the original Avengers team that saved New York from the Chitauri invasion, Fury has had roles in several Marvel movies since his debut - including both Avengers team-ups and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Jackson is set to return in next year's Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel, which seemingly rounded out his original contract with the studio.
But, as Robert Downey, Jr. has illustrated on multiple occasions, actors are willing to ink extensions when a strong story is in place. Something about the Captain Marvel pitch must have caught Jackson's eye, as he's now set to co-star alongside Brie Larson's Carol Danvers in Marvel's first solo female-led superhero movie.
The news comes courtesy of Deadline, which confirms earlier rumors that surfaced over the weekend. Right now, there's no word on how large Fury's part is in Captain Marvel, only that Jackson will be there in some capacity. According to Deadline's report, Marvel has not commented on the development yet - though considering this is all true, there should be official word on the matter soon.
Since plot details for Captain Marvel are being kept under wraps for the time being, it's difficult to say exactly how Fury will factor into the narrative. Since the film is said to be an origin story for its namesake, the former S.H.I.E.L.D. director could help Carol make the transition from "normal" person to an individual with superpowers. Fury certainly has plenty of experience in that regard, so he would have wise advice for the newest hero on the block. It will be interesting to see if the two have any interaction in Infinity War, which Larson is allegedly a part of. Marvel is no stranger to planting seeds for future projects in their films, so it wouldn't be out of the question for Avengers 3 to lay the foundation for 2019's batch of MCU blockbusters.
Marvel will also have a Hall H panel at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, so perhaps some Captain Marvel revelations will be unveiled there. The film is said to begin shooting in January 2018, so it would be nice to learn more about the story and perhaps some additional casting announcements. There's still a lot of time until Captain Marvel comes out, meaning Black Panther and Infinity War should be top priority this year, but Kevin Feige and company can always treat fans to little morsels of information.
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