Tight pockets and lowball money offers have reportedly stalled several Marvel Studios negotiations recently, including deals with fellow Oscar nominees Samuel L. Jackson and Mickey Rourke. Getting Jackson to reprise his "Iron Man" cameo role as Nick Fury, the Marvel Universe’s Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., will no longer be a problem, however, as the actor has now signed a deal to return in at least nine future Marvel films.
The agreement includes a return for "Iron Man 2" and future superhero installments, according to Variety. With Marvel Studios projects including a franchise line-up of "The First Avenger: Captain America," "Thor" and "The Avengers,” the tracks are already laid out for Jackson to rival Stan Lee as the most frequently seen face in films based on Marvel comics. Sequels to all of those releases, as well as a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie that he would presumable star in, make the deal appear lucrative, though the dollar value of the contract has not been disclosed.
The sharp-tongued actor, "Spirit" star and narrator for Quentin Tarrantino’s upcoming movie "Inglourious Basterds" previously said that negotiations weren't "really working that well," which was corroborated by a reported small-change offer of $250,000 to come back for an "Iron Man" sequel.
Rourke has since softened his stance on stepping on to "Iron Man 2," but has not yet been cast. Keep an eye out, though, because successfully persuading Jackson may bode well for the studio’s financial commitments and willingness to consider counteroffers.
Who do you think Marvel Studios would have tapped to replace Jackson if he hadn’t signed on to return as Nick Fury for "Iron Man 2"? Do you think they made a good move by bringing him on for nine future movies? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!