Despite the tremendous amount of love fans have for Nick Fury, and the actor who plays him (Samuel L. Jackson), the character hasn’t been featured too heavily in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as of late. Though he was instrumental in putting the Avengers together, his role has been diminished quite a bit and he hasn’t been seen on screen since Age of Ultron. It looks like things will stay that way, too, as the actor isn’t signed on for any future Marvel movies just yet.
Speaking with Yahoo! to promote his new effort The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Jackson touched base on his future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it doesn’t look very bright. When asked about when fans can expect to see Fury back on the big screen, the actor said the following:
I wasn’t in the ‘superhero argument’ movie [‘Captain America: Civil War’], I’m not in ‘Avengers 3 and 4’. They’re shooting them now, and they haven’t called me yet. They wouldn’t let me go to ‘Black Panther’-ville, so it’s kinda like how you gonna make a black Marvel movie and not let Nick Fury show up in it?!
Given that Jackson was said to be involved in Avengers: Infinity War a while back, this is definitely disappointing, and surprising to hear. After all, it’s been some time since we’ve seen Fury in action and a lot of people were excited about getting to catch up with the character in Joe and Anthony Russo’s superhero extravaganza.
Looking further ahead, Jackson also spoke about those reports linking him to Captain Marvel, and according to him, he won’t be involved in that production, either.
“I haven’t signed a contract, haven’t seen a script. I talked to Brie [Larson] the other day and she didn’t say anything, she’s the only person I know that’s actually in the movie. I’ve been rumored to be in several different Marvel movies that I haven’t shown up in.”
Now, given that the studio confirmed Jackson for the 2019 pic back at Comic-Con, something doesn’t quite add up here. As a few outlets have pointed out already, this interview may have been conducted a while ago, before the actor’s involvement in Captain Marvel was made public. Or, and this is unlikely, but maybe Kevin Feige and co. are rethinking their decision to include him in the film?
If we had to guess, we’d say that this chat took place before Comic-Con, but who knows? Either way, with Sammy J. sitting out of both upcoming Avengers movies and Black Panther, it really doesn’t seem like Nick Fury will have much of a presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward – even if he does manage to show up in Captain Marvel. And that’s certainly a shame.