Captain Marvel marks the end of Samuel L. Jackson's original nine-picture contract with Marvel Studios, but the 70-year-old actor isn't ready to leave behind the role of Nick Fury. However, his continued involvement with the Marvel Cinematic Universe may cost the studio a bit more this time around.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Jackson discussed the roots of relationship with Marvel, dating back to the unauthorized use of his likeness in The Ultimates comics series, which led to the then-unprecedented nine-picture deal, beginning with a cameo in the post-credits scene of 2008's Iron Man.
Jackson's Fury became part of the connective tissue of the MCU, with subsequent appearances in Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War and the upcoming Captain Marvel. For the latter, set in 1995, he appears as a young S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, with the help of "de-aging" effects that mimic Jackson’s face from his appearance in the 1998 film The Negotiator, but don’t let the nostalgia give any impression the actor is slowing down.
Although he will not appear in April's Avengers: Endgame, Jackson has already wrapped filming of July's Spider-Man: Far From Home, and has no intent of retiring his as Fury any time soon.
“I could be the Alec Guinness of Marvel movies," he joked. However, everything may boil down to what studios are willing to pay. With a net worth of $220 million, and $13 billion earned at the global box office, the actor was reportedly paid $5 million for his role in 2017’s Kong: Skull Island, and possibly more for the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan film Glass. Jackson is aware of his time, worth and appeal, and is curious to see how future negotiations will unfold. “I’m a gunslinger now," he said.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening in an undisclosed role. The film arrives on March 8.