I remember the moment when Samuel L. Jackson walked onto the screen during the end credits of the original ‘Iron Man’ with his eye patch and leather jacket, and I remember not only the excitement that Marvel had actually cast the man to play Nick Fury (as they had borrowed his likeness for the Ultimate version of Nick Fury), but also my astonishment when Fury mentioned a larger universe, and the Avengers initiative. I could not believe a studio could actually try to pull something like that off, yet Jackson’s presence on the screen made it all seem real, and 100% plausible. As much as Robert Downey Jr./ Tony Stark is the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Samuel L. Jackson has been the glue that held everything together. His presence is both reassuring and exciting, as Jackson’s Fury only appears when absolutely necessary, during game-changing moments in the MCU. The first ‘Iron Man’ where he showed up to pull Stark into S.H.I.E.L.D., ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,” where he welcomes Cap into the 21st Century, ‘The Avengers,’ where he brings the team together, ‘Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,’ appearing to get Coulson and his mission in line, appearing again at the end of the 1st season to help Coulson and his team take down a large Hyrda cell, and the last example, ‘Captain America: The Winter Solider,’ where he works with Cap to shut down Hydra and S.H.I.E.L.D. to preserve true freedom.
Which is why it is with a some sadness that I saw the video where Jackson discusses the end of his contract with Marvel. He’s been there from the beginning, and an MCU without Nick Fury will feel as though its lacking some essential element. Sure, Marvel might (fingers crossed) renew his contract and keep him around for longer, which appears to be just fine with Jackson, but they might just let him go as well, and make room for a new super-spy/ head of SHIELD. Only time will tell, and luckily for us we still have Fury’s appearance in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and at least 1 more film after that to look forward to.
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