According to The LA Times, Samuel L. Jackson is expressing doubts about his own return to the Iron Man franchise. For those of you unaware, Jackson was featured in a brief cameo that appears after the end credits of the first Iron Man film, where he is waiting for Tony Stark in his home, ready to talk to him about "the Avenger Initiative." Not only was the line enough to rouse just about every fanboy on the planet, but it was also perceived as a bit of breaking news about Jackson's upcoming role in the future Iron Man/Avengers films. Well, that may be all for naught. According to Jackson:
"There seems to be an economic crisis in the Marvel Comics world. It now appears that somebody else will be Nick Fury or maybe Nick Fury won't be in it."
(Sigh) Not the f*****g economy again. I understand some people are hurting, but it is now becoming exploitative when people begin every story with "in these tough economic times" as a way to show their great benevolent empathy. Or as a simple excuse, or even as a way to make money. (See the current "Magic Jack" commercials.) I'm sorry, but in light of the kind of money that stands to be made here...no dice. We are not talking about soup lines here. Jackson also goes on to remark:
"I saw ['Iron Man' and 'Iron Man 2' director] Jon Favreau at the Scream Awards and we had a conversation. He said, 'I hope things are working out for you because we're writing stuff for you.' Then all of a sudden last week I talked to my agents and manager and things aren't really working that well."
The LA Times speculates that Jackson may have taken a public position on the matter to lead to a possible bigger payday. I may have to concur. I mean, this is Samuel L. Jackson! The guy does EVERYTHING. Snakes on a Plane & The Spirit > Iron Man 2? Really?! This is not the Terrence Howard/Don Cheadle situation. Many people were upset by that casting swap, but this one would hit the film really hard. And don't tell me "Nick Fury won't be in it." Bull!
Marvel Films is setting up an entire franchise centering on The Avengers. Do you think that they would go through all this trouble to set up this Nick Fury character, even modeling the comic "Ultimate Marvel" rendition of Nick Fury directly after Jackson, just to pass on him for the sequel? Yeah...