It was almost a year ago when Marvel Studios first announced that Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson would portray the titular Air Force officer turned superheroine in Captain Marvel. The hire represented the final piece of major casting for Marvel’s third phase, so perhaps it’s fitting that when Captain Marvel hits theatres everywhere, Carol Danvers will be joined on screen by a character that’s been around since the very beginning of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Making the rounds at the Hollywood rumour mill this week: Samuel L. Jackson will be joining Larson in her Marvel solo debut.
According to Deadline, they’re hearing that Jackson as the former Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury will be a part of the Captain Marvel movie. There’s no official word from Marvel or Disney in terms of Jackson’s involvement, and plot details about the film are being held tight as a drum. In the past, Jackson has confirmed that he has a nine film contract with Marvel, and so far he’s appeared in seven. He was last seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but he’s yet to be confirmed for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. If Nick Fury were to appear there, then it’s possible that an appearance in Captain Marvel could round out Jackson’s Marvel contract.
In the comic books, Carol does have a working relationship with Fury from her days as a CIA agent, whether or not that’s included as part of the movie Carol’s background is still to be determined. Half Nelson directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will be directing Captain Marvel from a script by Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve. The film is scheduled for release on March 8, 2019 in advance of the fourth Avengers movie, which concludes Marvel’s Phase 3 slate. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.