Samuel L. Jackson had a brief cameo as Marvel Comics character Nick Fury at the end of “Iron Man,” so it would be up to director Jon Favreau if he appears again, right? And we probably won’t see Fury until “The Avengers,” correct?
There are certain questions that superfans think they know the answer to. But when we caught up with Sam the man himself Thursday at Comic-Con, he said we still have a lot to learn about the future of Fury.
“Yeah, I’m looking forward to making that character a bit more integral, in terms of the other stories that are happening,” Jackson told us, revealing that he may have multiple cameos in practically every Marvel movie for the next few years. “’Iron Man 2,’ ‘Captain America,’ ‘Thor,’ and hopefully the big one that’s coming in 2011, when they put everybody together.”
Of course, Jackson is referring to “The Avengers,” which his recent cameo set up as he recruited Tony Stark to join the superhero team. But according to the “Pulp Fiction” legend, he has no intention of keeping Nick Fury on the shelf that long.
“’Iron Man 2’ is coming sooner!” he laughed. “I’d rather go to work than wait three years and be in ‘The Avengers.’ I’m looking forward to going to work soon.”
But when we asked about Favreau, who has been widely reported as recently being asked to return after rumored speed-bumps on the way to the sequel, Jackson gave a response that indicated things might not be as ironed out (sorry, couldn’t resist) as some are assuming.
“First of all, Jon’s doing another movie,” Jackson remarked. “So it’s not for sure Jon’s going to do it yet.”
When I told him about the recent rumors, he replied: “Really? Okay, well, you know more than I know. See, I don’t read the papers.”
Either way, Jackson (who is in San Diego to promote the video game and upcoming new season based on his hugely successful cartoon “Afro Samurai”) said he was flattered several years ago when Marvel began drawing the S.H.I.E.L.D. leader to resemble him, and is happy to have taken things full circle.
“I remember when they first started, and all of a sudden Nick Fury turned from David Hasselhoff into me,” he laughed. “I was kind of like “Hmmm…interesting!” I smiled about it, went about my business and read a lot of other [comic] stuff.”
Now he’s intimately familiar with the character and his decades-long backstory; however, Jackson promised that he won’t try to force any old comics subplots on Favreau or whoever else will be directing him in the Fury character. Well, at least not for a little while.
“Whoever it is, not yet. I’m not trying to exert my will on anybody, I’m just trying to be calm, be quiet,” he promised. “But when they call me and say “Okay, we’re ready,” maybe I can get in there and talk about that then. But until then, I’m just going to leave them alone and let them put me in there.”
Do you most want to see Fury in “Iron Man 2,” “Captain America,” “Thor” or all of the above?