Samuel L. Jackson is set to reprise the role of Nick Fury in a new Marvel series currently in development at Marvel Studios for Disney Plus.
Details of the show are being kept under wraps, but multiple sources say Jackson is attached to star with Kyle Bradstreet (Mr. Robot) on board to write and executive produce. Like other Marvel shows at Disney Plus, Marvel Studios will produce, guided by Kevin Feige.
Jackson famously first portrayed Fury, the eye-patched head of the clandestine government agency S.H.I.E.L.D, in the post-credits scene of the first Iron Man film in 2008. The last time fans saw Fury was in the post-credits scene of Far From Home, where he was onboard a Skrull ship somewhere in deep space.
Jackson was considered for the role of Nick Fury after the Marvel Comic Ultimate Universe reenvisioned the character as a Black man — and artist Bryan Hitch decided to model the character after Jackson, in 2001.
Should the project go to series — which seems likely — it would be the latest big budget Marvel show to get the greenlight at Disney Plus from Marvel Studios. WandaVision is supposed to be released later this year, with The Falcon and Winter Soldier and Loki on deck for 2021. It was also recently reported that Tatiana Maslany is attached to star in the She-Hulk series in the works at the streaming channel. Other Marvel shows in the works include “Hawkeye,” “Moon Knight,” and “Ms. Marvel.”
This won’t be the first time Nick Fury has made his way to TV. In 1998, Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2‘s David Hasselhoff starred as Nick Fury in a Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD TV movie that was supposed to operate as a backdoor pilot for a potential series, which never came to be. In contrast, Sam Jackson has portrayed the iconic Fury 9 times in films and twice on TV (in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).
Age may not be a limiting factor either; in Marvel Studio’s Captain Marvel, Jackson plays Nick Fury yet again, but from a time well before he becomes S.H.I.E.L.D.’s top man. Remarkable advances in computer graphics and animation made it possible for Jackson to play a version of himself from 20 years ago, and it worked so well that the effect was sustainable through an Captain Marvel’s entire 125 minute runing time.
The new series is as yet untitled, and it isn’t known whether Samuel L. Jackson gets to recreate his character Nick Fury as the central one, but chances are good that he is.
For more news on the upcoming Nick Fury TV series, watch this space.