Nick Fury's first appearance at the end of the first IRON MAN film certainly had comic book geeks going into geek overdrive. Since then, Samuel L. Jackson's character has weaved in and out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, serving as the connective tissue between all the films. Since the events in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, however, his role has been slightly reduced. He was only in a couple of scenes in AGE OF ULTRON, and he wasn't in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY or ANT-MAN at all. It's unclear whether or not he'll make it to CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (Jackson first thought he was going to be in it, but then had to backpedal), and it's even less likely that he'll show up in DOCTOR STRANGE, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, or Sony's upcoming standalone Spider-man flick.
If Jackson doesn't appear in any of those films, then we'll have had a good five films without ol' Nick Fury showing up on screen. However, if Gold Cost Bulletin is correct, it looks like that five-film streak will stay at five films. According to the outlet, Samuel L. Jackson is rumored to make his return to the franchise in THOR: RAGNAROK. The film has long since been scheduled to shoot in Australia, and the outlet has been tipped that Jackson will be sticking around the country following his SKULL ISLAND shoot in order to get some scenes out for THOR.
There is no word as to the extent of Samuel L. Jackson's involvement or role in the film, and as of this writing, this is all just a rumor. But given how little Nick Fury has been involved in the MCU as of late, I'd say around the time of THOR: RAGNAROK, he'd be due for an appearance. I do wonder how they plan to justify it. From what we understand, RAGNAROK looks to be quite cosmic in its scope. Does the film have room for a humble earthling like Nick Fury? We'll have to wait and see.
It is worth noting that despite the fact that Samuel L. Jackson's contract was running out last year, the actor did express a desire to renew it. As such, I wouldn't rule out his involvement in the film simply because of contract limitations.
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