Sam Jackson Not Playing Nick Fury? Say It Ain’t So, Marvel!

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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!”

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  • Breezy

    to hell with jackson. seriously, i’m not rascist but Nick Fury should be a white guy. (period) thats the was he was meant to be from the start. thats how stan wante it. like a crazy james bond-type of secret agent. Sam just just can’t pull off that role.

    • GL

      The new Marvel Movies are folllowing the Ultimates story line in which Fury is was based on Sam Jackson.
      They wanted to change the character into a cooler persona (you can’t get any cooler than Sam Jackson)
      Face it, the old Fury may have been cool 40 years ago but not now,plus 99.9% of Marvel’s character including the really cool ones are white, would spiderman or wolverine be any less cool if they had been written as a Black characters way back when?
      Would they be as popular today?
      Most of Marvels Black characters are lame and how many are heavy hitters like Hulk, Thor , Iron man Not one.
      All the creators back then were white guys and when they did create a Black character they were most often poorly written , drawn and portrayed i.e. afro’s jive talking and from the ghetto that’s some Black people not all black people
      Who’s the most powerful Black Marvel character STORM.

  • Breezy

    to hell with jackson. seriously, i’m not rascist but Nick Fury should be a white guy. (period) thats the was he was meant to be from the start. thats how stan wante it. like a crazy james bond-type of secret agent. Sam just just can’t pull off that role.

    • GL

      The new Marvel Movies are folllowing the Ultimates story line in which Fury is was based on Sam Jackson.
      They wanted to change the character into a cooler persona (you can’t get any cooler than Sam Jackson)
      Face it, the old Fury may have been cool 40 years ago but not now,plus 99.9% of Marvel’s character including the really cool ones are white, would spiderman or wolverine be any less cool if they had been written as a Black characters way back when?
      Would they be as popular today?
      Most of Marvels Black characters are lame and how many are heavy hitters like Hulk, Thor , Iron man Not one.
      All the creators back then were white guys and when they did create a Black character they were most often poorly written , drawn and portrayed i.e. afro’s jive talking and from the ghetto that’s some Black people not all black people
      Who’s the most powerful Black Marvel character STORM.

  • Oz

    I noticed earlier that someone mentioned that Sam looks just like Fury. That would be the Fury from the “Ultimate Marvel Universe” … which is crap. It looks like him, because they actually made it to look like him specifically, not the other way around. Why the heck they felt the need to change the character’s race after 60 or so years is beyond me. Heck, I like Jackson, but for Pete’s sake leave the characters alone.

  • Oz

    I noticed earlier that someone mentioned that Sam looks just like Fury. That would be the Fury from the “Ultimate Marvel Universe” … which is crap. It looks like him, because they actually made it to look like him specifically, not the other way around. Why the heck they felt the need to change the character’s race after 60 or so years is beyond me. Heck, I like Jackson, but for Pete’s sake leave the characters alone.

  • Matt

    race really shouldn’t be a deciding factor in who plays a character. most of the big characters are white because (DUH!) the writers, artists, and editors were white in a white dominated society at the time. Fury could be asian, hispanic, or Maori for all it matters. Nick Fury wasn’t “meant” to be white. He was meant to be ex military American. So anyone that fits that bill will do.
    same with any other character. some of us white guys have a hard time wrapping our brains around a traditionally white character being played/portrayed as non white. race should only be an issue if it is a defining part of the character, something central to who they are. and i agree GL that a lot of the old school black super hero characters were pretty lame. They were underpowered (or non powered mostly) and there was almost TOO MUCH focus on them as a BLACK super hero. too many of them had to have the word black in their name. like we couldn’t figure it out!

    • nba1302

      I beg to differ on the subject of black superheroes being lame, have we forgotten Powerman a.k.a LUKE CAGE

  • Matt

    race really shouldn’t be a deciding factor in who plays a character. most of the big characters are white because (DUH!) the writers, artists, and editors were white in a white dominated society at the time. Fury could be asian, hispanic, or Maori for all it matters. Nick Fury wasn’t “meant” to be white. He was meant to be ex military American. So anyone that fits that bill will do.
    same with any other character. some of us white guys have a hard time wrapping our brains around a traditionally white character being played/portrayed as non white. race should only be an issue if it is a defining part of the character, something central to who they are. and i agree GL that a lot of the old school black super hero characters were pretty lame. They were underpowered (or non powered mostly) and there was almost TOO MUCH focus on them as a BLACK super hero. too many of them had to have the word black in their name. like we couldn’t figure it out!

    • nba1302

      I beg to differ on the subject of black superheroes being lame, have we forgotten Powerman a.k.a LUKE CAGE

  • nba1302

    oh an The Black Panther… black is in the name but hardly a lame character. don’t get me wrong Nick Fury is a white guy but we are in a new era and these movies are’nt made for the comic book enthusiast but for the iPod generation.

  • nba1302

    oh an The Black Panther… black is in the name but hardly a lame character. don’t get me wrong Nick Fury is a white guy but we are in a new era and these movies are’nt made for the comic book enthusiast but for the iPod generation.

  • Tom

    “race really shouldn’t be a deciding factor in who plays a character”

    Wolverine isn’t japanese
    The Hulk isn’t portuguese
    Captain America isn’t black
    Cyclops isn’t spanish
    Storm isn’t canadian
    Magneto isn’t a german soldier in the time of WW2

    Characters have origins, those origins depict what is expected of them in all aspects INCLUDING “race”. So shut your cowardly liberal mouth, it does matter. Keep true to the character in all ways or pay the consequences. For instance, Daredevil is not a gay acting douche bag, look what happened there, and learn…

  • Tom

    “race really shouldn’t be a deciding factor in who plays a character”

    Wolverine isn’t japanese
    The Hulk isn’t portuguese
    Captain America isn’t black
    Cyclops isn’t spanish
    Storm isn’t canadian
    Magneto isn’t a german soldier in the time of WW2

    Characters have origins, those origins depict what is expected of them in all aspects INCLUDING “race”. So shut your cowardly liberal mouth, it does matter. Keep true to the character in all ways or pay the consequences. For instance, Daredevil is not a gay acting douche bag, look what happened there, and learn…