Captain America: Civil War had so many characters but three keep people had to sit on the bench for the battle between dueling Avengers: the Hulk, Thor and Nick Fury. Of course we know that Mark Ruffalo will team-up with Chris Hemsworth in the forthcoming Thor: Ragnarok, but what about Samuel L. Jackson? He’s been the glue that brings all these movies together appearing in all the Phase One Marvel Studios films, up to and including The Avengers, but his absence was, perhaps, the most conspicuous in Civil War. So why skip the one-eyed king of S.H.I.E.L.D.? The answer, according to the screenwriters, has many facets. (more…)
Ever since Samuel L. Jackson showed up in the post-credits teaser at the end of Iron Man explaining to Tony Stark that he was a part of a much larger world, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was launched. Throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Nick Fury, the former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been the essential glue for most of the films. Usually, the ever busy Jackson is reduced to a cameo for many of the Marvel films but occasionally has had some moments integral to the films and the overall story structure of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He was an essential part of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and helped lead efforts to stop Ultron in the background in Avengers: Age of Ultron in the background. Nick Fury even was able to guest-star on the season one finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Needless to say, Samuel L. Jackson has been an essential part of all the Marvel films. Which it was a surprise that he was missing from Captain America: Civil War. Of all films, this seemed like one that he would also be a part of. After all, he was primarily responsible for putting the Avengers together, it would make sense that he would have a vested interest in their breakup. Sadly to say Nick Fury is missing from the upcoming Captain America Film.
Last week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. basically spent the last 10 minutes of the episode teasing Avengers: Age of Ultron, from Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) passing along the discovery of Baron von Strucker’s secret base to Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) to Raina’s (Ruth Negga) vision of metal death raining from the sky. This is not a new development, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was teased in the S.H.I.E.L.D. episode aired immediately before its release, and everyone agrees that the overall effect on the show was positive. Will lightning strike twice? Will the fallout from Ultron mean another shake-up for S.H.I.E.L.D.? We will likely find out tomorrow night, as one Marvel executive seems to confirm that fans should stay tuned. (more…)
I don’t think it’s overstating things to suggest that Samuel L. Jackson has been as an essential part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Robert Downey Jr. Sure, he showed up for like 20 seconds at the end of Iron Man to tease the broader world the Marvel films were going to develop, and something called “The Avengers Initiative,” but it immediately got fans excited and it made regular audience members say, “What do you mean I have to stay till after the credits?” With appearances since in at least five other Marvel films and the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, the question then must be asked, how many films does Jackson have left on his contract? And he answers… (more…)
Marvel is just winning all over the place this week. Fans (and likely the studio heads) of the comic book publisher/movie studio cheered when the ridiculous box office numbers for Guardians of the Galaxy were reported on Monday; they cheered even more uproariously when Warner Bros. flinched with respect to the release date of Batman v. Superman, which was also held by Marvel’s Captain America 3 until yesterday when WB decided to change dates. Still, with all of this excitement, Joss Whedon managed to up the still take it to the next level with this simple tweet: (more…)
After a taxing journey of ups and downs, we’ve made it to the final episode of the premier season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now, knowing the show has been picked up for a second season, was the finale what the show needed to be pushed into another 22 episode run? (more…)
In-jokes are all the rage these days, a fun way to acknowledge that your cast has a life outside the movie you are presently seeing them in, and probably few actors lend themselves to the in-joke better than Samuel L. Jackson. The actor has had roles big and small in a great many of the most iconic movies of the last 20 years, but perhaps none are more known, or quotable, than Pulp Fiction. It would not be out of the question to say that the Quentin Tarantino movie made Jackson a star, and it did so with one monologue in particular. Jackson’s new movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, paid tribute to it one blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene, and the film’s directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, recently explained how and why they decided to do it. Spoilers follow. (more…)
What is it, like 20 days till this thing is finally released? Quit teasing us Marvel! We’re more than hyped up enough! Okay, so it’s unlikely that’s going to happen three weeks out from the release of a huge studio movie like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but it seems at this rate Marvel will have release the whole thing on Youtube one minute at a time by then. Today’s minute features a meeting of the minds, the minds of S.H.I.E.L.D. that is. Continue below to watch. (more…)
The character Nick Fury can be described as the glue that holds the Marvel Movie Cinematic Universe together. He hasn’t appeared in all the movies, but his presence was always felt. That’s probably why Marvel signed Samuel L. Jackson to a nine picture deal way back before the first Iron Man movie hit he big screen, but how much is left on that contract, and does Jackson have any interest in extending? (more…)
Superheroes continue to be a hot ticket item, even if their hold on the box office is slipping. And as another summer movie season comes to an end it’s time to look towards what new superhero feature films are coming our way. It’s time for another superhero movie news round-up!
Jeff Wadlow, writer/director of this weekend’s Kick-Ass 2, already has another superhero team-up on the docket – the big screen adaptation of Rob Liefeld‘s X-Force. The popular 90s comic series that gave the world Deadpool is another film in FOX‘s efforts to build their own shared Marvel universe; one populated by mutants and with absolutely no connection whatsoever to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers.
While out and about promoting Kick-Ass 2, Wadlow chatted with Den of Geek who invariably asked about X-Force. Here’s what Wadlow had to say,
All I can say is this: I bought X-Force #1 when I was a kid, I’ve read the recent run of Uncanny X-Force which I thought was fantastic, but other than that I just can’t comment on the line-up or anything yet.
Oooh, let’s see, what can I say? Let me put it like this. It will seamlessly exist in the X-Men cinematic universe, but it’s not a sequel.
So no confirmed line-up, but Wadlow did also hint at including team staples: Cable, Domino, and perhaps Sunspot (who’s also appearing X-Men: Days of Future Past). The concept of a shared universe with the X-Men films is, at this point, a no brainer. Marvel and Disney have already proven this to great success, and now DC and Warner Bros. are hoping to continue that trend.
For more read Wadlow’s entire interview with Den of Geek (via CBM).
Speaking of shared universes, you better count on including the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot into FOX’s Marvel universe, as their creative consultant, Mark Millar explains below the cut.