Happy 4th of July everyone! In the spirit of the holiday, we've learned some news that should make us all proud to be Americans: Sam Jackson is rumored to be back, returning as Nick Fury in the highly-anticipated Captain Marvel film, starring Brie Larson. Bad news is, we have to wait until 2019 for this movie to premiere.
While there have been rumors of Jackson's presence on the set of Avengers: Infinity War, all indications are that this is just a minor cameo role. However, given the nature of the Infinity Stones (time, space, mind, reality, power), Fury's appearance could be a flashback, a false future, or just an illusion (or all three). Marvel has been coy about Fury's existence in this movie.
In a Twitter post by OmegaUnderground's Christopher M., we discover that not only is Fury back in Captain Marvel, he's co-starring with Brie Larson. Additionally, the film is set to begin shooting on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta. That's a whole lotta information to squeeze into one Tweet! Given the military nature of Captain Marvel -- Carol Danvers is an Air Force officer -- it makes a lot of sense for Fury to show up in this film.
Since Avengers: Age of Ultron, Fury has been off the board. Many fans were surprised and disappointed that Jackson was left out of Captain America: Civil War, a total no-show in Doctor Strange too, absent from Spider-Man: Homecoming, not listed in the credits for Black Panther, and highly unlikely to appear in Thor: Ragnarok. That's a lot of MCU without so much as a mention of Nick Fury. So where has he been and what has he been up to?
Jackson has been repeatedly asked about the character's status since Avengers: Age of Ultron, and he seems legitimately annoyed by the situation. He gave these comments to ComicBook.com during a press junket for Kong: Skull Island, regarding his knowledge or expectations of an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War:
"Who says I am? I don’t know. I’m asking you; I’m hoping you know maybe something I don’t know. Am I in that movie?"
While that's a rather typical Sam Jackson deflection, he doesn't deny it either. As far as we're concerned here at LRM, the return of Nick Fury (in any capacity) bodes well for the future of the MCU! Perhaps we'll learn more at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con -- LRM will be there and we'll let you know the moment we hear any news!
Captain Marvel hits the big screen on March 8, 2019.