Say it ain’t so!
Samuel L. Jackson has told the Los Angeles Times that he may not reprise his role as Nick Fury for Marvel Pictures. Saying “there seems to be an economic crisis in the Marvel Comics world,” Jackson said that someone else may be playing Fury or that Fury won’t be seen at all in “Iron Man 2,” “The First Avenger: Captain America” and “The Avengers.”
“I saw [‘Iron Man’ and ‘Iron Man 2’ director] Jon Favreau at the Scream Awards and we had a conversation. He said, ‘I hope things are working out for you because we’re writing stuff for you.’ Then all of a sudden last week I talked to my agents and manager and things aren’t really working that well,” Jackson said.
“There was a huge kind of negotiation that broke down. I don’t know,” he added. “Maybe I won’t be Nick Fury. Maybe somebody else will be Nick Fury or maybe Nick Fury won’t be in it. There seems to be an economic crisis in the Marvel Comics world so [they’re saying to me], ‘We’re not making that deal.'”
It could be that Marvel is looking at the price tag for “The Avengers” movie, which could feature the acting talents of Robert Downey, Jr, Edward Norton and the as-of-yet-uncast roles of Thor and Captain America. Affording Jackson for a minor role as Fury may be a bit expensive for Marvel.
Of course, Jackson does have a leg-up on all his competition. The new Nick Fury in the Marvel Comics is based on Jackson.