Samuel L. Jackson is going to be one busy son of a bitch for the next few years. He signed a monster nine-picture deal with Marvel Entertainment to play Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., in the majority of their upcoming Avenger origin movies. However, the word still isn’t out on whether or not he’s going to appear in Kenneth Brannagh’s Thor, apparently. According to Slashfilm, in a recent interview Jackson stated:
Nobody’s told me anything. I was reading the trades last week and I saw the [Thor] cast list. My name was in it, so maybe I am doing something that I don’t know about and I’ll hear about it soon.
Curious. You’d figure that, since he’s eventually going to be a major player in the franchise, he’d know one way or another at this point, since Thor is supposed to already be in pre-production, and since they’ve already cast roughly 10,000 characters, I assumed Fury would be one of them. Even more puzzling is that Clark Gregg, who played Agent Coulson in Iron Man, is confirmed as having a role in Thor.
It’d be an added bonus to see Jackson there, but let’s be honest — it’s not like we’re gonna be short on Nick Fury in the years to come.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE. Jackson is apparently also developing and co-writing a comic book. The series, called Cold Space, is apparently about “an on-the-run-outlaw crashlanded on a planet in the middle of a civil war.” It hasn’t started its run yet, though a website called Bleeding Cool (who also provided the preceding quote) snagged the first image:
Hmm … looks suspiciously like Nick Fury. I mean Sam Jackson. You get the point. Anyway, after that, I believe Jackson is set to direct, write, produce and star in Avatar II, record an album, save the whales, destroy Godzilla in one-on-one combat, open a chain of bakeries called I’ve Had It With These Motherfuckin’ Cakes, and eventually retire to the moon.
Like I said — dude has a full schedule.