After the success of Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson was picked up for a major 9-picture contract with Marvel Studios to play parts in almost all of their in-development films over the next few years. And that came from only a small appearance after the credits of the first movie which led to a full supporting character role in Iron Man 2.
As far we know, Sam L's character Nick Fury will not appear in Thor but he will play an important role in The First Avenger: Captain America and the following summer, in The Avengers. But what comes next for Samuel L. Jackson and Nick Fury after that? According to him, the S.H.I.E.L.D. movie that some have mentioned may become a reality shortly after The Avengers.
Speculation has often pointed toward the character of Nick Fury getting his own solo film and this might be the closest we get to that in the form of a movie based on his organization, S.H.I.E.L.D.. Speaking to Big Boy Radio, Sam seemingly confirms that a SHIELD movie is in the works.
"The Avengers should start shooting some time next year, and then some time after that there’ll be a big S.H.I.E.L.D. movie."
It's already been revealed by Samuel L. Jackson and Thor star Chris Hemsworth that The Avengers begins shooting early next year, likely in February. As for what comes next after that, we've yet to hear official confirmation from Marvel Studios as to which of their in-development projects will get officially scheduled release dates.
I wouldn't be surprised if we hear at this summer's International Comic-Con about their next tentpole movies that will come after The Avengers. We can already expect an Ant-Man movie and Iron Man 3, and there's been frequent reports indicating that there's interest in introducing more obscure characters for their own movies, including Luke Cage who we reported on last week as a movie Marvel is already talking to an actor for. Other common characters brought up in interviews include Black Panther, Iron Fist and Dr. Strange.
What could the S.H.I.E.L.D. movie be about? I don't know which stories they may pick up on for a movie that takes place (presumably) after The Avengers in the Marvel movie timeline, but I do expect to see some SHIELD agents, including Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and hopefully others including Hawkeye. And we can't forget about Agent Coulson, played by Clark Gregg, who we already know will be helping recruit Thor into The Avengers initiative.
What would you like to see from a S.H.I.E.L.D. feature film?
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Source: Radio Big Boy (via Cinema Blend)