If there’s nothing else that can be said about the Marvel Studios, it’s that they’re good at dealing with information. They’ve seemed to have an iron grip on the information flow, for years. And even when information has gotten out, against their plans, they’re pretty good about spinning. So one has to wonder how they’ll spin this little nugget. Sam Jackson already teased that he’d make an appearance in 2019’s Captain Marvel after she shows up in Infinity War. Now, according to Omega Underground co-founder Christopher M., it looks like the capacity of his role may officially be out there. Allegedly, Sam Jackson’s Nick Fury will co-star in the film.
— Christopher M (@_ChristopherM) July 1, 2017
This follows Fury having a rather significant role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. After which his roles diminished significantly. He appeared with a smaller part to play in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and not at all in Captain America: Civil War. What was Fury up to for all that time? Some of it was explored on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, but only so much. The idea of Fury having a more prominent role in Captain Marvel is interesting. Perhaps he could act as someone who helps Carol Danvers make the jump from normal person… well… “normal” person, to superhero. Carol has a military and government background in the comics. In fact, she’s worked for S.H.I.E.L.D before. So it’d make sense to see that explored in the silver screen debut of Marvel’s Mightiest Lady.
But there is more to consider, behind the scenes. Obviously making movies is a business. People have contracts, and no one is immortal. Sam Jackson, however, well he plays the role, does have a contract with Marvel. He’s only signed on for a nine-movie deal. The next two Avengers films would, in fact, round his contract out. So what comes next? He isn’t the only one whose contract he been under the microscope, lately. Chris Evans has been talking a lot about the inevitable leave from the role of Captain America, while never saying much about when that might be. And Robert Downey Jr’s contract just came up again, following statements regarding his wanting to leave the role of Iron Man “before it gets embarrassing.”
Nothing is certain. There’s still no official confirmation of Fury’s role in the film, and it remains entirely possible this is just a rumor. For now, audiences will have to wait and see what more information Marvel decides to let slip through the cracks on the road to production. The movie is scheduled to begin filming in January, 2018, and is due to release in March, the following year.