It looks like Marvel Studios is having something of a tiff with yet another one of their stars over moolah. This time it’s Samuel L. Jackson, who played Nick Fury at the end of “Iron Man”, and has been promised to the fanboys (much to their pants-pissing glee) as a major castmember in three upcoming Marvel movies: “Iron Man 2”, “The First Avenger: Captain America”, and of course, the biggest movie of 2011 without a doubt, “The Avengers”. So what’s the diddly yo on the man’s money? Apparently Marvel is tightening the purses. Either that, or they’re really, really bad at using the public as a negotiation tool. Jackson doesn’t seem to have that problem.
Says the baddest mofo of them all on the situation of his contract negotiation to the LA Times:
“I saw [‘Iron Man’ and ‘Iron Man 2’ director] Jon Favreau at the Scream Awards and we had a conversation. He said, ‘I hope things are working out for you because we’re writing stuff for you.’ Then all of a sudden last week I talked to my agents and manager and things aren’t really working that well.
There was a huge kind of negotiation that broke down. I don’t know. Maybe I won’t be Nick Fury. Maybe somebody else will be Nick Fury or maybe Nick Fury won’t be in it. There seems to be an economic crisis in the Marvel Comics world so [they’re saying to me], ‘We’re not making that deal.'”
Oh Marvel, what are you doing? First you dump Terrence Howard because you didn’t want to pay him his money (okay, so you swapped him with Don Cheadle, which I guess ain’t so bad), then you almost lost Jon Favreau by not wanting to pay him his money, and now you may lose Samuel L. Jackson because you may not want to pay him his money? Who is running this company, Scrooge McNumbnutshead? Seriously, guys, whatever you’re going to end up paying Jackson to play Nick Fury in not one, not two, but three of your movies, it’ll be worth it. The guy brings that much fan cred to the films, especially genre fare like these.
Then again, what Jackson is doing is obviously going to the fans to put the pressure on Marvel to pony up the dough. Jon Favreau did it brilliantly when he was in his own negotiation phase with Marvel, and maybe that little “talk” Favreau had with Jackson at the Scream Awards involved more than just, “Hey, Sam, what up, dude” chatter? One hopes, cause not having Jackson in the Marvel movies would just suck. David Hasselfhoff level suck.
Meanwhile, in totally unimportant news, Paul Bettany will be reprising his voice as Jarvis in “Iron Man 2”.
Below: Upon hearing news that Jackson may be out as Fury, The Hoff commented, “I still have the eye patch! Call me!”