News regarding Marvel's favorite armored hero has been keeping the 'Net buzzing lately, with everyone weighing in on the highly publicized replacement of Terrence Howard with Don Cheadle in the role of Jim Rhodes for "Iron Man 2." While there are still questions surrounding exactly what role Rhodes will play in the film (foremost among them, whether he'll don the "War Machine" armor) there's at least some certainty that the character will be in the film -- but what about Nick Fury?
Last seen in the post-credits clip that had him asking Tony Stark about "The Avenger Initiative," S.H.I.E.L.D.'s main man remains somewhat of an unknown commodity in the "Iron Man" film franchise at this point, with little news about whether -- and if so, to what degree -- he'll be appearing in future films. MTV News spoke with Samuel L. Jackson, the man who not only played Nick Fury in "Iron Man" but also provided the photo-reference for the character in Mark Millar's re-imagined Avengers series, "The Ultimates."
"I just want to see what they want to do with him," Jackson said of his hopes for the Nick Fury's return in the "Iron Man" sequel. "I’ve read 'The Ultimates.' I know what’s going on with him. Hopefully they will make that character as integral a part of it as he is in the comic books."
Jackson might get his wish, too. In a recent interview with BlackVoices.com, Jackson said he asked "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau about reprising his role during this weekend's Scream Awards.
"He told me we were [going to see Nick Fury again]," said Jackson. "I was standing next to George Lucas and he said to me, 'Hey! I hope you are making your deal with them (Paramount)' and I was like, 'Really.'"
Jackson also told BlackVoices.com he was excited to be working with his "good friend" Don Cheadle in "Iron Man 2," adding that it was "kind of amazing how [the switch from Terrence Howard to Don Cheadle] happened."
(Keep an eye here on Splash Page for more on the Terrence Howard's departure and Don Cheadle's move to "Iron Man 2” as the story develops.)
And even though he wasn't sure what level of involvement his character will have in future "Iron Man" installments, Jackson didn't shy away from offering up some input to MTV regarding the film's hero, Tony Stark.
"I’m concerned that Tony Stark is not the playboy I want him to be -- that he was in the comic book," Jackson told MTV. "He should have hot babes around him all the time. I don’t want him in love with his secretary!"
Do you want to see more of Nick Fury in the "Iron Man" films? What do you think about Sam Jackson's concerns regarding Tony Stark? Let us know in the comments!