When they started sewing the seeds for The Avengers back in 2008’s Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson was there helping to lay the ground work as S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury. And ever since, Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. have become a bigger and bigger presence in the Marvel films, from The Incredible Hulk to the finale of last summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger.
According to Jackson, the reason for that has as much to do with making S.H.I.E.L.D. feel like a real, functional organization as it does with being a cool Easter Egg.
“We do know that his organization is a real organization. His paranoia is not paranoia but a real founded fear,” says Jackson of Fury’s motivation in The Avengers. Apparently, one of the subplots of the film is Fury’s attempt to justify the necessity of the super-team. “There is a need for the Avengers Initiative, and that [puts him] at odds with the powers that be. Which we assume anyway, because he bucks against the system in an interesting way.”
Of course, The Avengers is the result of years of work and planning, but is there anyway that a “Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” could be its own movie? Jackson says it can, but with conditions.
“Natasha [Scarlett Johansson] is part of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawkeye [Jeremy Renner] is part of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I couldn’t do a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie without those two people. They’re essential elements of what’s there,” he explains. “I don’t know how much of S.H.I.E.L.D. [Marvel] want[s] to expose … I mean, we’re not superheroes. We’re more of a shadow world. So, it would be more like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with good toys—closer to a Bond movie than a superhero movie.”
Well that sounds provocative.
You can get a load of all of Jackson’s comments for yourself, via this video interview courtesy of MTV