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Fury Cameo Would ‘Legitimize’ ABC’s S.H.I.E.L.D., Jackson Says

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There is no S.H.I.E.L.D. without Nick Fury. At least, Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t think there should be a S.H.I.E.L.D. without Nick Fury — but perhaps others at Disney and Marvel disagree.

Jackson spoke with Vulture recently about whetherhe could have a role to play on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the first small-screen extension of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor said he’s interested, and even has an idea for how it would work.

“If I was going to do S.H.I.E.L.D., I’d like to be — you know Charlie’s voice on Charlie’s Angels? That would be perfect,” he said. “Because everybody recognizes my voice. That would be good enough for me. And I told Joss [Whedon] that.”

Apparently, that might not be good enough for everyone.

“He can’t hire me, I guess,” Jackson said of Whedon’s thoughts on the idea. “Disney, Marvel, we’ll see what they think.”

Perhaps even a voice appearance from Jackson could encroach upon his reported nine-film contract with Marvel Studios? Would a new deal need to be worked out to allow his voice to appear on S.H.I.E.L.D.? Those are questions for you contract experts out there. For now, I throw my support behind what Jackson says about his Fury-voice cameo: “It would legitimize the show in another way.”

Airing Tuesdays this fall at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Skye and Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, and co-creator/pilot director Joss Whedon. The series also stars Ming-Na as Agent Melina May, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Gemma Simmons and Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz.