10:06am PT by Graeme McMillan
A Reminder From Samuel L. Jackson: Only "Two More Movies" Left on My Marvel Contract
Nick Fury's days are numbered — or, at least, his future movie appearances seem to be.
Talking to IGN, Samuel L. Jackson said that he could see a day when he stops playing Marvel Studios' superspy. "I only got two more movies in my contract. That might be the end of it, unless I get an extension."
Jackson was originally signed to a nine-movie deal, which started with 2008's Iron Man. He's subsequently appeared as the character in Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and this summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron. (Additionally, Jackson's Fury appeared in two episodes of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD on ABC.)
At the end of last year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, spoiler alert, Nick Fury went underground following his faked death and the destruction of the SHIELD organization. Depending on contract negotiations and his remaining Marvel Studios appearances, it's possible that he could head into a quiet retirement with no one being any the wiser … but where's the fun in that?
This isn't the first time that Jackson has publicly commented on his Marvel contract. Last year, he told an interviewer that he was "running out of Marvel movies" ahead of shooting Avengers: Age of Ultron, before saying that he would be willing to sign up for more should Marvel offer the opportunity. (In the IGN interview, he agrees with the interviewer that he hopes his contract gets extended.)
It's unclear at this point what the two movies remaining on the contract would be. Given Nick Fury's connection to the internal workings of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his presence in next year's Captain America: Civil War is almost guaranteed, but as to the potential final appearance, it turns out that Jackson has something in mind should it happen. When the IGN interviewer said that fans were still waiting for a solo Nick Fury movie, the actor nodded and said, "Yes, I am."