LOS ANGELES (AP) — After popping up in cameos during the credits of Marvel films as the authoritative, eye-patch-wearing Nick Fury, Samuel L. Jackson steps fully into his role as the head of peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D. in "The Avengers."
He assembles the super-crew of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, the Incredible Hulk and Hawkeye as part of his "Avengers Initiative" to help fight Thor's brother, Loki, who threatens to wipe out humanity. The film hits U.S. theaters Friday.
"It's great to stand there and look around and go OK, these guys are actually here so we do have the Avengers," Jackson said during a recent interview. "(Director and writer) Joss (Whedon) is so savvy about the genre and how to flesh characters out so it's not just a set piece fest of stuff blowing up and people chasing each other... There's sadness, there's joy, there's fear, there's all this stuff that goes into making this film that makes it sort of special, way more special than it could have been."
Jackson will reprise his character in the next "Captain America" film, which starts shooting in January, but he's unsure of Nick Fury's fate beyond that. Could his origin story be in the works?
"I have no idea," he said. "I had a nine picture deal, I've only done five of them, so I guess so. It's possible."