by Brett White
Much like "Marvel's the Avengers," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has a stellar ensemble cast. And just like "Avengers," Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury is right in the thick of the new S.H.I.E.L.D.-centric film. "Winter Soldier" will mark Jackson's sixth appearance as Nick Fury since he debuted in 2008's "Iron Man," where a post-credits meeting between Fury and Tony Stark ignited the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After so many appearances, Jackson says that "Winter Soldier" will show a different side of Fury.
"You see Nick Fury the office guy, him going about the day-to-day work of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the politics as opposed to that other stuff," Jackson said in an interview with Collider.
Jackson also elaborated on the relationship his character has developed with Chris Evans' leading man, Steve Rogers, hinting that their dynamic plays a large role in the plot's progression.
"It's great to have [Fury] dealing with Captain America in terms of being able to speak to him soldier to soldier and try to explain to him how the world has changed in another way while he was frozen in time," said Jackson. "Some of the people who used to be our enemies are now our allies—him trying to figure out, 'Well, how do we trust those guys?' or 'How do we trust the guys that you didn't trust who don't trust you?' And explaining to him that the black and white of good guys/bad guys has now turned into this gray area."
The new film also focuses heavily on the relationship between Steve Rogers and his Avengers teammate Black Widow. The two, who didn't share much screentime in 2012's superhero team-up extravaganza, will find that their fighting style and determination highly compatible—even if their morals always aren't.
Jackson also spoke to his character's relationship with Black Widow, saying, "And when I talk to Natasha, it's as a father figure because he loves her in a way that he doesn't love anybody else as part of that whole group of people. The fact that they're both members of this shadow world and he knows her past in a way that no one else knows it, there's an affection and a respect there and a knowledge of that kind of person she is in there. Even if she loves him, if she had to kill him, she would, and he understands that. There's a way of dealing with her that he can't deal with anybody else."
Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff debuted in "Iron Man 2" under Fury's command, a working relationship that continued into "Avengers." If "Winter Soldier" promises to dive more into the emotional side of this pair's relationship, then I'm even more excited for the film.
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" opens in theaters on April 4th, 2014.
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