Several years prior to that, "Castle" creator Andrew W. Marlowe had written a screenplay for "Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D" which was side-stepped by Fury's appearances in "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2" and "The Avengers." However, according to Marlowe, Marvel may still use his script to give Fury his own franchise.
"The guys at Marvel are really smart guys," Marlowe told Movieweb during the San Diego Comic-Con. "They want to use Nick Fury in 'The Avengers' series. The script I wrote was more of the [Jim] Steranko 'Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.' sort of thing. Part of their concern is that Nick has never really carried his own series. There have been limited runs, special editions... and I think what they're hoping to do is educate the mass audience on Nick Fury before they jump into it."
"And honestly, the stuff we did in that script with the helicarrier and having the helicarrier go down... it's expensive," continued Marlowe. "So they just want to make sure that they have the fan base for that. So if you have any Nick Fury fans out there, go ahead and tell the folks at Marvel that you have an appetite for that kind of movie."
Marlowe also admitted that he wrote his "S.H.I.E.L.D." script prior to the casting of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in the first "Iron Man." "[I] sort of wrote [the script] before Sam Jackson came on board," related Marlowe. "[But] it would be very easy to tweak it for Sam Jackson."
Back in May, Jackson stated that "S.H.I.E.L.D." would follow "The Avengers" with a "big movie."
Before writing the "S.H.I.E.L.D." script and creating "Castle," Marlowe wrote "Hallow Man," "End of Days" and "Air Force One." During the interview with Movieweb, Marlowe also explained why Nick Fury appealed to him as a character.
"The fascinating thing about Nick [Fury] is that in the Marvel Universe, he's one of the guys who doesn't possess super powers," said Marlowe. "It's his will and his strength. He's the kind of guy who will go toe-to-toe with you in a fight. He's got that Lee Marvin attitude. So I think that there's really a great place for him in the pantheon of the Marvel films."
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