Collider.com has an interview with Samuel L. Jackson, who is promoting his latest, Mother and Child, and in it, he reveals some scoop about the upcoming slate of Marvel films. Of course, any Marvel movie fan knows that he is playing Nick Fury in Iron Man 2, reprising his role from the first Iron Man.
It appears Nick Fury, and, therefore Jackson, will be appearing in Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers but not in Thor.
When asked why he wasn’t in Thor, this is what Jackson said:
I have no idea. 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.”
And when asked about the possibility of a Nick Fury solo movie, Jackson said this:
Collider: Do you have any desire to campaign for your own Nick Fury film?
Samuel: The Avengers is my own starring vehicle for that character, pretty much.
Collider: But, isn’t that far away?
Samuel: That’s not that far away. It’s in February. It’s just February. I’ve got time to get in shape and everything.
So, The Avengers will start shooting in February 2011, which is in line with the film’s May 4, 2012 release date, and will, according to Jackson, be a starring vehicle for Nick Fury. I kind of hope Jackson is wrong on that last part.