Marvel Phase Three is well underway. With Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange already released, we are well on the march towards Avengers: Infinity War and beyond. And it looks like we might finally see a familiar face returning to fight alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes — Col. Nick Fury, as played by Samuel L. Jackson. We haven’t seen him since Avengers: Age of Ultron, but we know he’s still out there.
During an interview regarding the upcoming release of Kong: Skull Island, entertainment news site We Got This Covered spoke with Samuel L. Jackson about his future with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Their initial question was regarding him in his own Nick Fury movie, to which he answered, “Yeah, I’d love to do a Nick Fury Movie. I’m always open and game.” This answer, of course, surprises no one.
It’s his explanation of the big hurdles why we shouldn’t expect a new Nick Fury film anytime soon that gave us our more exciting answers. As he says of the future of the MCU and his role within it, “But they got Infinity Wars, two movies to do there, and after that there’s Brie [Larson’s] movie, Captain Marvel, which maybe [Nick] will be a part of.”
Now, you can absolutely read this two different ways. It’s possible that he’s just describing the films Marvel has in place in front of him blocking the studio from doing a standalone Nick Fury film. But, it’s entirely possible he knows that he’s been approached to participate in them. The Infinity War films make sense as he’ll more than likely be integral in pulling Captain America and Iron Man back together to fight this new cosmic threat.
Captain Marvel would be a bit more of a surprise though. Nick Fury has never really featured too prominently in her comics before, just having an appearance here and there, but is not intrinsic to her origin as a hero or her operation as one. However, we could imagine that she discovers her powers in Infinity War and then goes on to start using them in her standalone film. With her possibly being a nascent hero, it could be beneficial to have Nick Fury there to help train her or get her into superhero shape.