Sam Jackson: Nick Fury Not in Thor, Avengers Shoots February
After hearing that Joss Whedon will be directing The Avengers (not to mention re-writing the script), it would appear that the planets are aligning and Marvel's plan for an ensemble superhero movie is coming together. One of the driving forces, at least on-screen, is S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury as he tries to bring together The Avengers. Collider and IESB both attended a roundtable interview with the man behind the eye-patched badass, Samuel L. Jackson, who revealed that he will not be appearing in Thor, but did say that The Avengers is supposed to start shooting in February and is as much his movie as any other heroes.
Apparently Nick Fury's absence from Thor was just as surprising for Jackson as it is for us, but the actor confirms he will be shooting scenes for The First Avenger: Captain America sometime this summer. As far as Thor goes, obviously it wasn't in his hands to decide, but he's not sure why he won't be appearing in it:
"I have no idea. I'm not in charge of making those decisions. I thought I was. They said I was in the trades, and I was like, 'Oh, I've got a job!' And then, I called my agent and she said, 'Nah, you're not in it. They misprinted.' I was like, 'Well shit, they need to pay me just ’cause they put my name in it.'"
And as far as seeing a Nick Fury solo film anytime in the future, it doesn't sound like there's any solid plans for that yet as Jackson said, "The Avengers is my own starring vehicle for that character, pretty much." No doubt Fury will have a big part, but with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans and hopefully Edward Norton all coming together in this, it'd be nice to see Fury get his own film to grow as a character. However, these appearances in Iron Man (soon Iron Man 2) and Captain America have slowly introduced us to the character, so maybe that's just how it's going to be. Do you want to see a Nick Fury movie?