When you look at the cast list for Marvel’s upcoming Captain America: Civil War, it’s easy to think that the marketing team misbranded this movie. In addition series regulars like Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, and Anthony Mackie, this film will feature Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), and even Paul Rudd (Ant-Man). If Marvel wasn’t dead set on putting three years between Avengers movies, Civil War would probably be Avengers 3. Arguably, it should be. Either way, Civil War definitely isn’t a Captain America film now that we know that Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury won’t be around to give oddly disparaging pep talks to Steve Rogers and chastise him for his dirty mouth.
As originally reported by Collider, Samuel Jackson recently discussed his future in the Marvel cinematic universe. He seems as confused as we are.
“It’s really great to be the connective tissue between so many different characters in so many different films, that brings those guys together. But I’m not in Captain America 3. I can’t figure that out, but I’m not. I guess I’m still out there, trying to figure out what happened to S.H.I.E.L.D. and who these other people are.”
When Collider asked Jackson about his contract, he indicated that he had about two films remaining on its current iteration. While Marvel is probably banking him for the two-part Avengers: Infinity War films, it’s interesting to note that the films are contractually considered to be two separate shoots despite them being filmed in one continuous swoop. This is obviously the fair thing to do, considering that Chris Evans indicated that shooting would take about nine months and thus be the equivalent of a year at a public middle school. It’s likely that the social dynamics on set will play out similarly.
Samuel L. Jackson also indicated that he was looking to renew his contract with Marvel.
“Of course [I’m interested in returning]! I’m looking for a contract extension right now, yeah. I’m looking to re-up.”
While I would love to see the one-eyed super spy continue leading the motley crew that Marvel has assembled, having Nick Fury die in the Infinity Wars would give the films an emotional impact that the Avengers installments been unable to top since “killing” Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson. It’d be a fitting send-off if Disney/Marvel decided that Jackson’s salary requirements exceeded their interest, and it would definitely be interesting to see someone new take the reigns. Robi-I mean, Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), perhaps?
Alex is the New Media Editor of the Comics Beat. He is also a freelance comics editor with previous credits at First Second, Top Cow, and Papercutz. He primarily covers DC Comics and Magic: the Gathering.