Samuel L Jackson is back as Nick Fury
As one actor leaves Iron Man 2, another steps in. Samuel L Jackson will be coming back as Nick Fury. And he could be in anything up to nine Marvel films.
It wasn't looking good a while back. But his people have obviously talked to their people, and they are all on the same page.
As we know, in a great piece of casting Samuel L Jackson played Nick Fury in Iron Man (Filmstalker review). A short appearance, but with the idea of him appearing in all the individual Marvel films, and also The Avengers. But then came news of cost cutting and reduced pay offers, not just for Jackson but also Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell. And there was also Terrence Howard's exit, supposedly partly over money. Samuel L Jackson was unsure if he would be back as Fury.
It all looked like Marvel's idea, of weaving all the individual characters films together before The Avengers, was looking a bit shaky. Nick Fury being the person who would bring everyone in to the fold. It's all back on now though.
Jackson has signed on to play Nick Fury in nine Marvel films. Variety say these will probably include, Iron Man 2, Captain America, Thor, The Avengers and The Shield. Not to mention the possible endless sequels.
Is Marvel's grand plan coming together? It's going to take some great set up films, and a whole lot of scheduling and negotiating. That's a lot of people talking to other people's people. Let's hope it's worth it in the end.