Thursday, January 15, 2009

Nick Fury No More?


"Samuel L. Jackson, who made a cameo appearance as Nick Fury in Iron Man, told the Los Angeles Times that talks about him returning to the role in future Marvel Studios have broken down: 'There was a huge kind of negotiation that broke down. I don't know. 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.'' ...Marvel Comics...suggested that they still want to see Jackson wearing the eyepatch. 'Marvel does not comment on active negotiations,' was the boilerplate repsonse, but there was that emphasis on the word active in the voice of the spokesman who phoned me back."

We've had to deal with Warners and Fox fighting like children over a R-rated comic book movie, Watchmen, and now we're having Marvel starting to tick off fanboys (apparently, they've seen the lack of profits for The Spirit). Marvel, don't do this to us. Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in that scene at the end of Iron Man was for me the first scene of The Avengers. We will boycott X-Men Origins: Wolverine if we have to.

UPDATE: Looks like Marvel got the message after all! According to

"Samuel L. Jackson has buried the hatchet with Marvel Entertainment, making a deal to play the role of Nick Fury in Iron Man II, and potentially many other films. Jackson's deal is a long-term commitment to play Fury, the leader of the espionage unit S.H.I.E.L.D. His deal contains an option to play the character in nine future Marvel superhero films, efforts that are expected to include The First Avenger: Captain America, Thor, The Avengers, toplining a possible S.H.I.E.L.D. movie, and potential sequels.

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