Samuel L. Jackson has confirmed that his Nick Fury won’t be appearing in Marvel’s Thor movie – but says that Avengers is pretty much his star vehicle, despite not having read the script. Is this the part where we start speculating on Marvel’s plan?
Talking at a press roundtable, Jackson talked about the journey of playing Fury:
I got started on it when I did the end of Iron Man 1. My foot was on the path. Now, my foot is a little deeper on the path ’cause we’ve got Iron Man 2. I’m not in Thor. I’m supposed to do Captain America this summer in London… I have no idea [why I’m not in Thor. I’m not in charge of making those decisions. I thought I was. They said I was in the trades, and I was like, “Oh, I’ve got a job!” And then, I called my agent and she said, “Nah, you’re not in it. They misprinted.” I was like, “Well shit, they need to pay me just ’cause they put my name in it.”
This does raise the question, who will be the crossover star in Thor? My guess? Robert Downey Jr. – maybe the reappearance of the goatee in January really did mean something other than Iron Man 2 reshoots after all – if only because a Thor/Iron Man meeting seems the most likely way to bring the Asgardian God into line prior to the Avengers movie. Oh, and Jackson’s also got something to say about that movie:
The Avengers is my own starring vehicle for that character, pretty much… That’s not that far away. It’s just February. I’ve got time to get in shape and everything.
Two thoughts: Firstly, no wonder Marvel is hoping to get Joss to sign on quickly. A February start date would only give him ten months to rewrite, cast and prep the movie, which seems fairly quick to me. And secondly, if Avengers is the Fury starring vehicle, does that mean the rumored SHIELD movie is no more?
With Iron Man 2 out on May 7th, expect the amount of Marvel movie chatter to increase over the next few weeks and months. Here’s hoping that Jackson remains as talkative.