"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." got backed up by some heavy firepower this week, when Samuel L. Jackson made his first appearance on the show as the agency's director, Nick Fury. Jackson's arrival is big news for "S.H.I.E.L.D." and Marvel fans — but for the actor himself, it's nothing new.
"I'm still playing the same guy, it's the same process," the actor nonchalantly said in a new interview with The Wall Street Journal, talking about his surprise "S.H.I.E.L.D." cameo. "I just show up and they turn the cameras on and we do it."
by Alex Zalben
It was kind of the worst kept secret on TV, but in case you didn't hear the news: Samuel Jackson's Nick Fury showed up in the quasi-post-credit sequence of last night's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." By all accounts, that's a few months earlier than anyone was expecting, as we all intuited that one of the movie's stars would wait to show up during Sweeps Week. But with Cobie Smulders' Maria Hill in episode one, and Fury in episode two, as Agent Coulson would say, "It's a brave new world."
With that in mind, and the possibility that every episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will have a post-credits sequence, here's speculation as to what could be coming up next:
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.
Samuel L. Jackson is already the director of one super-spy agency. Now, it looks like he's ready to lock horns against another.
The man better known to Marvel fans as Nick Fury is set for the main villain role in Fox and director Matthew Vaughn's "The Secret Service," based on the comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons. He joins a cast that already includes Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Michael Caine.
by Brett White
Marvel's Hall H presentation at San Diego's Comic-Con International definitely brought the house down, what with all of the announcements and footage and Marvel movie cast members in attendance. "Entertainment Tonight" got the chance to speak with "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" cast members Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, and Frank Grillo just before they experienced the insanity of Hall H, many for the first time.
"That's the one thing you like about going into Hall H," said Hall H veteran Samuel L. Jackson. "They're already there, they want it. They're breathing hard before we get in there, and then the fact that we show up is like full lung craziness. It is so awesome. It's like being a Beatle."
The rest of the video, which can be seen after the jump, goes into detail about each actor's experience working on the film, including a few "how I got the job" stories.
by Brett White
The name is out! The Avengers sequel is subtitled "Age of Ultron," as Joss Whedon revealed during Saturday's soon-to-be-historic Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con. But there were a few people who weren't able to keep up with the constantly updating livefeed of announcements—those backstage at the Hall H panel.
That included Samuel L. Jackson, who had to have the news reported to him by MTV News during the following red carpet.
"Joss is giving out that kind of information?" asked Jackson after hearing the news. He then turned the questioning back on Horowitz, asking "What do you think that could be about?" Horowitz used the opportunity to bring up all of the rumors surrounding Vin Diesel—who is rumored to be up for the Vision.
Jackson seemed suspicious about this, possibly saying a lot... with his eyes. Just watch and see for yourself in the full interview below!
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by Brett White
Even if you caught all the "Avengers" goodness onstage at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, you'll be thrilled to know that there was even more going on backstage. MTV's Josh Horowitz spoke with the attending Avengers-family members Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Joss Whedon and Best Villain winner Tom Hiddleston moments after their big Movie of the Year win.
Whedon gave another update on the painstaking process of writing "Avengers 2," saying, "It's going well. "It is. I'm very excited about it. I think it might be a better movie."
How a film can be better than the movie just crowned MTV's Movie of the Year? We'll have to wait until 2015 to find out.
If you're anything like me, then you're probably wondering why Earth's mightiest heroes didn't give a call to crystal chemistry expert Walter White when researching the properties of the Tesseract. Though that "Breaking Bad"/"Avengers" crossover never came to be, there was another person on the Marvel movie's team secretly hoping to merge the two worlds.
In an interview with The Playlist, Samuel L. Jackson revealed that "Avengers" and "Breaking Bad" both shot in nearby studios in Albuquerque, New Mexico, leading to Jackson's desire for a Fury-"Bad" cameo.
Samuel L. Jackson is one cool dude. It doesn't matter how old he gets or what roles he takes, because he's bound to make them cool just because he's playing them. That can be said for everything from "The Avengers" to "Pulp Fiction" to "Snakes on a Plane" — and even the M. Night Shyamalan movie "Unbreakable."
During a recent conversation with the Huffington Post, Jackson talked about his streak of cool characters and where they started, and also touched upon the subject of "Unbreakable." That launched him into a lengthy and interesting discussion of Shyamalan as a director, and how he stacks up to someone like Quentin Tarantino.
"I don't choose roles because of [being cool]," Jackson explained. "Sometimes, people will just attribute stuff to it. It's like Elijah [Price, Jackson's character] in 'Unbreakable.' You know, people say he's 'cool.' He's a f--king breakable nerd. And they go, 'That f--king coat and your hair — he's just cool.' And I'm like, 'Really?'"
When next we see Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he'll be fighting alongside Steve Rogers. But what about his small-screen future? It's known that Joss Whedon is directing the pilot for "S.H.I.E.L.D." this January, with Agent Phil Coulson back in action in some capacity. How can the show possibly exist without Jackson's participation as S.H.I.E.L.D. director?
"I don't know. I keep hearing about it, and I haven't talked to Joss about it," the actor told MTV News in an interview recently. "But in my mind, I would tend to think that he would, if nothing else, be like Charlie in 'Charlie's Angels.' At least be the voice!"