Nick Fury brought the Avengers together, but it looks like he may never return to help them make-up after all the hurt feelings in Captain America: Civil War.
In 2008, Samuel L. Jackson made a cameo appearance in Jon Favreau’s Iron Man as Nick Fury, the head of the super secret defense force S.H.I.E.L.D. Fury’s surprise debut kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but now, as Marvel Studios speeds towards the epic showdown in Avengers: Infinity War, it seems Fury is being left behind. Which is crazy, because he’s the only one who could get everyone talking again.
In an interview with Yahoo Movies UK, Jackson revealed that he hasn’t been called up for any Marvel movie since his last appearance in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. “I wasn’t in the ‘superhero argument’ movie,” the actor told Yahoo, referring to 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. “I’m not in Avengers 3 and 4. They’re shooting them now, and they haven’t called me yet.”
Jackson also confirmed he won’t appear in Black Panther, the Ryan Coogler-directed action movie featuring one of the most prominent black superheroes ever in comics — and Jackson is not too happy about it.
“They wouldn’t let me go to Black Panther-ville, so it’s kinda like, how you gonna make a black Marvel movie and not let Nick Fury show up in it?!”
In the MCU, Nick Fury abandoned his post as the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when it was revealed that the supernatural Nazi faction HYDRA had control of S.H.I.E.L.D. all along. Afterward, Fury’s presence in the MCU diminished. Jackson made a surprise cameo in a tie-in episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to help rescue Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma (Elizabeth Henstridge), and in 2015, Jackson returned in a minor role for Avengers: Age of Ultron. He hasn’t been seen since. Based on Jackson’s comments, it may be even longer until he returns.
Avengers: Infinity War will be released on May 4, 2018.