According to Samuel L. Jackson, who has played Nick Fury in the last two “Iron Man” movies, you can expect a SHIELD movie after “The Avengers” invades movie screens in 2012. I don’t doubt him one bit, because I think “The Avengers” is going to make more money than God. Okay, maybe not that much, but it’s going to be pretty damn huge, and when it cleans up, Marvel will be scrambling to build SHIELD’s fleet of helicarriers.
Jackson made the “SHIELD” announcement while on something called Big Boy Radio (via Hitfix), telling them that he will also be appearing in Joe Johnston’s upcoming “Captain America” movie, but will be taking a flier on Kenneth Branagh’s in-production “Thor”. It’ll be interesting how they insert Jackson into “Captain America’s” World War II setting.
Also according to Jackson, a SHIELD movie will be on its way by 2013, a year after “The Avengers” opens. Jackson’s Nick Fury, as head of the international spy agency SHIELD (it actually stands for something, but right now I’m too lazy to look it up) will play a major role in assembling “The Avengers”, as evidenced by his recruitment of Tony Stark in “Iron Man 2”. He’s also got one hell of a reach, and seems to control a lot of secret Government strings.
So we know Nick Fury will be in SHIELD, but who else? Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow is a must. And of course, it wouldn’t be an Ultimates-flavored SHIELD movie without the sharp-shooting Hawkeye, if just to somehow write in a scene where Hawkeye takes out a base full of terrorists with nothing but his fingernails (below). His fingernails!