Prepare yourself for a rarity here, as an actor has come out and admitted that he isn’t going to be appearing in Marvel’s upcoming Captain America sequel, Civil War.
During promotion for his latest movie Big Game, Samuel L. Jackson admitted that he has not been cast in Civil War, while also waxing lyrical about his enthusiasm working with Marvel;
“It’s an amazing amount of fun. I finally met [comics writer] Mark [Millar], last year, when I was doing Kingsman, ‘cause he was on set one day, and I finally got a chance to thank him for making Nick Fury black and changing the whole dynamic. It’s really great to be the connective tissue between so many different characters in so many different films, that brings those guys together. 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’m as grateful for being in that, as I was being in Star Wars with George [Lucas] and to play a character that people remember, like Mace Windu. It’s all great. It’s hard not to be a part of something that you know, if people study film for the next 200 years, they’ll be talking about Star Wars and The Avengers series, and all that stuff.”
Jackson’s current Marvel contract goes for nine films, and the actor spoke about his remaining commitments and whether he is interested in extending that deal.
“Of course! I’m looking for a contract extension right now, yeah. I’m looking to re-up.”
While it does seem strange that Fury won’t be appearing in Civil War, it is likely that Marvel realise that with the amount of big-name stars already fighting for screen time, he can be held back for the two-part Avengers: Infinity War movies in 2018 and 2019. Additionally, with the original Avengers cast slowly being phased out and a new generation of Marvel stars coming up, Fury will act as the tie between the multiple phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.