Samuel L. Jackson is 70 years old. Did you know that? He has played the role of Nick Fury for over 10 years now. When Captain Marvel was announced to be set in the 90’s and feature a younger Nick Fury, the natural choice for the role was of course….Samuel L. Jackson.
Even if the CGI de-aging technology wasn’t as good as it is now, he could still pull it off. The guy looks that good. So he is out promoting Captain Marvel, which will show a 2 eyed, younger, and less cynical version of the character we know and love. Jackson talked to ComicBook.com about it:
“He hasn’t grown into his cynicism quite yet. His job right now, his place in the world is to find out where the next enemy’s coming from. And like most sane human beings with a job like that, you figure the next enemy is some other country or somewhere else. And all of a sudden he discovers something that we speculate about and now we know it’s — well, he knows it’s true — that there other beings in the universe, not just us. The next problem will be convincing everybody else that’s true.”
One of the first thing we ever heard Fury say in the post-credits scene to Iron Man was him telling Stark he’s not the only superhero in the world. That he’s “part of a bigger universe”. Well, go ahead and watch it for yourself:
The events of Captain Marvel will fundamentally change him – and not just physically. Not only do we get to see the origin of Carol Danvers, but the movie serves as an origin story for Nick Fury too, according to producer Jonathan Schwartz:
“The movie is definitely called Captain Marvel. It becomes a two-hander for parts of it. So we sort of wanted to give the audience that kind of young Nick Fury origin story as you put it and it’s all there. Hopefully in a way that compliments Carol’s adventure, too. She sort of gets to be the window to him for this entire, bigger universe. So, he’s a little less of the ‘I know everything there is to know’ Nick Fury that we see in the later movies, and a little bit more, perhaps, open to new ideas.”
The Fury we know always has something up his sleeve. His back up plans have back up plans. He is the only one in the room who knows everything – at least he tries to keep it that way. I mean he is the only person who had something to do when people started disappearing in Infinity War. He sprung into action, and paged Captain Marvel, because he had a plan for that.
We get to see a young Coulson too, which should be fun. But it’ll be nice to see Fury get some much needed character development behind the veil.
Captain Marvel hits theaters March 8