It’s finally time for Samuel L. Jackson to star as Nick Fury.
The actor — who has played the legendary Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. since the stinger scene in 2008’s Iron Man — will finally take the lead in an upcoming Disney+ series, according to Variety. While plot details are so secret, even Fury would have a hard time uncovering them, the site claims Mr. Robot‘s Kyle Bradstreet will serve as a writer and executive producer.
Though initially created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee for the WWII-set Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos in 1963, the pair would also introduce him to the modern Marvel Comics world as a CIA agent a few months later in the pages of The Fantastic Four. Two years later, he would be re-imagined for Strange Tales as a Bond-like secret agent working for a group known as S.H.I.E.L.D. While always taking the ’60s spy movie trend as inspiration, the book became a trippy classic in its own right thanks to the work writer and artist Jim Steranko would put into the concept from 1966 to 1968.
Depicted as white man with greying temples for decades — and played by David Hasselhoff in a truly risible 1998 TV movie — the character took on the distinctive likeness of Jackson in in the early 21st century as part of Marvel’s Ultimate Universe. Though part of an in-joke recasting all of the Marvel characters as actors of day — Captain America was drawn to look like Matt Damon — the playfulness of the comics became a reality when Jackson stepped out of the shadows to tell Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) about the Avengers Initiative in Iron Man.
Since 2008, Jackson has played Fury in eleven films, ranging from cameos in Avengers: Infinity War to full-fledged storylines in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain Marvel. He also made a handful of appearances on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series. And throughout his association with the character, he has entertained the notion that he might, at some point, get a movie of his own.
But we’ll be honest, Marvel Studios’ plan for television shows on Disney+ seems tailor-made for Fury. Presumably, the series will delve further into the space fleet he was assembling at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home and, perhaps, will even be titled “Nick Fury: Agent of S.W.O.R.D.” The organization, dedicated to protecting the Earth from alien threats, will make its debut in this winter’s WandaVision and will seemingly supplant S.H.I.E.L.D. as the MCU’s overwrought acronym going into Phase 4.
It is unclear how quickly the series might appear on the service, but we’ll take a bet on it replacing Hawkeye in the schedule for a 2022 release.
It’s finally time for Samuel L. Jackson to star as Nick Fury. The actor — who has played the legendaryCOMICONRead More