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Samuel L. Jackson is Marvel's man. The actor — who just weeks ago was seemingly on the outs with the studio over reprising his role as Nick Fury, agent of spy outfit S.H.I.E.L.D. — has signed an unprecedented nine-picture deal to play the character in a series of Marvel movies.

The movies include "Iron Man 2," "Thor," "Captain America," "The Avengers" and its sequels.

Also on the table is the possibility of toplining a "S.H.I.E.L.D." movie, which is in development.

The actor, repped by ICM and Anonymous Content, made a surprise appearance as Fury at the end of the first "Iron Man," throwing geeks into a tizzy and showing the first glimpse of Marvel's plan to link its slate of movies in one filmic universe.

Jackson as Fury was expected to be part of the sequel, but as Marvel negotiated with its cast, deals proved hard to come by: Terrence Howard was replaced by Don Cheadle, and Mickey Rourke still doesn't have a deal for the part of a villain despite almost two months of negotiations. (partialdiff)
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