When Captain America: Civil War started production in Atlanta last month, Marvel revealed the full cast list, which revealed a few surprising inclusions such as Paul Rudd reprising his Ant-Man role as Scott Lang, and The Incredible Hulk's William Hurt coming back as General Thaddeus Ross. One of the most surprising exclusions, though, was Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, especially since he starred in the first two Captain America movies, Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. While doing press for his upcoming movie Big Game, Samuel L. Jackson confirmed that he is not starring in Captain America: Civil War, although he can't quite figure out why.
"But I'm not in Captain America 3. I can't figure that out, but I'm not. I guess I'm still out there, trying to figure out what happened to S.H.I.E.L.D. and who these other people are. But it's an amazing honor to be that guy, to be Nick Fury, to be in that particular world, and to be a character that people believe. It's great."
"I was surprised I wasn't in Civil War, because the Russo Brothers told me I was. I don't know what's going on."
Samuel L. Jackson only has two more movies remaining on his nine-picture Marvel contract, but he admitted that he isn't sure what his next two movies might be. It's possible that those final two movies are Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, but we don't know for certain. At any rate, Samuel L. Jackson revealed he is currently seeking an extension on his Marvel contract."Of course [I'm interested in returning]! I'm looking for a contract extension right now, yeah. I'm looking to re-up."
As we move into Phase Three with Captain America: Civil War, Marvel will continue to unveil a slew of new characters, although we don't know what the studio's plans are for Phase Four quite yet. If Marvel does agree to extend the actor's contract, it would seem logical to have Nick Fury to serve as a bridge, of sorts, through all of these superhero movies. Are you disappointed that Nick Fury will be absent from Captain America: Civil War?