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Samuel L Jackson has given the biggest indication yet that his run as Nicky Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe could be coming to an end. That’s because the 66-year-old actor has confirmed that he only has two films left on his current deal with the studio.
Samuel L Jackson made this revelation during a discussion with IGN. While the Oscar-nominated actor conceded that he isn’t too sure what Marvel’s future plans are for him,Jackson explained to the site:
Yeah, I’ve only got two more movies in my contract. [Laughs] That might be the end of it, unless I get an extension.
So, what are Marvel’s Nick Fury options? Well, they could include him in two more films and then have him sail off into the sunset where he enjoys his well-earned retirement. Or they could carefully select Samuel L Jackson’s next two appearances, and then, say, have a 10-year gap between them. Keep having the character mentioned, but never actually seen on-screen.
Or they could kill him off, a death that would be used to inspire and jolt the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, Bruce Banner and Thor into action. Just like they did before with Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson in The Avengers. Before he returned from the dead in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Or just like they did before with Fury himself in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Before they brought him back later in the film. Bloody untrustworthy, Marvel.
Or they could, quite simply, just offer Samuel L Jackson a contract extension. I suspect it will be the latter. Jackson has never been one to be overly stringent on the roles he takes, so if he’s offered the right deal he will clearly continue as the character. Plus, he’s obviously having a hoot portraying Fury so there’s no need for him to hang up the eye-patch just yet.
But there’s also another option. Maybe, Marvel Studios will even look to replace him with another actor. And since idiots/casual racists mistake them much more often than is socially acceptable, maybe Marvel should approach Laurence Fishburne about replacing Jackson in the role. This guy probably wouldn’t notice the difference.
Jackson has more than made the character of Nick Fury his own ever since making his Marvel’s Cinematic Universe debut in 2008’s Iron Man. He then followed this up with appearances in Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Meanwhile it’s already been confirmed that we will see him in Avengers: Age Of Ultron too. After that, who knows when he’ll pop up as Fury again? I’ve got a suggestion. Forget Spider-Man, I’m now pining for a Nick Fury spin-off. That’s when we’ll all know that Marvel is scraping the bottom of the creative barrel.