Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson’s cameo as Nick Fury in the post-credits stinger of ‘Iron Man’ officially kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe and his presence helped build that shared continuity through several films, but he’s been noticeably absent ever since 2015’s ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’.  But he will make his triumphant return in next year’s ‘Captain Marvel’, which is set (for undisclosed reasons) in the 1990s.  That means a pre-eye patch Fury, according to Jackson.

“We’re going back now, and I meet Captain Marvel in more of an origin story.  You’ll see Nick Fury with another guy’s face, somebody that’s got two eyes, so that’s a whole big deal. You’ll see. It’s prior to the eye injury, no eye patch.”

And does that have any real world advantage?

“It’ll be easier to learn my lines. It’s one of those weird kind of things.  The first day I shot as Nick Fury with one eye, I couldn’t remember my lines. I was tired since we were coming from somewhere, so I thought it was fatigue. Then I realized I had learned my lines with two eyes. So, I had to start blocking my eye to learn my lines. It’s a stupid kind of thing, but it totally worked.”

Fury plays an undisclosed role in the origin of ‘Captain Marvel’, played by Brie Larson.  It is believed that this film will lead directly into ‘Avengers 4’, which arrives just months later and it has been confirmed that Larson’s Carol Danvers will return in that.  Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are directing ‘Captain Marvel’, which costars Jude Law as Walter Lawson/Mar-Vell, DeWanda Wise as Monica Rambeau and Ben Mendelsohn as the villain, who is believed to be Yon-Rog.  While Mar-Vell and Yon-Rog are part of the alien Kree race, ‘Captain Marvel’ is believed to also introduce the shape-shifting Skrulls, with whom the Kree waged an ages long war.  It’s entirely possible that this conflict will spill over into ‘Avengers 4’.

And will Jackson’s Nick Fury also return?

“I’m sort of the glue that holds all these guys together. I got them into the organization, into S.H.I.E.L.D., and every now and then I show up to remind them that S.H.I.E.L.D. has a purpose. It’s been a good job. It was a nine-picture deal. I did it. It was good.”

‘Captain Marvel’ opens on March 8, 2019.  ‘Avengers 4’ opens on May 3, 2019.

Source: AV Club