Back in 2008, actor Samuel L. Jackson (Die Hard With a Vengeance, Snakes on a Plane) signed a nine picture deal with Marvel to play the character Nick Fury. Now that contract is getting much closer to its end. Jackson told Fandango in an interview about future Marvel movie appearances, “I just know that the Marvel Universe is there, that there are things going on, and that I have three pictures left on my nine-picture deal. That’s all I know.” To date, Jackson has appeared in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel’s The Avengers, and will pop up in the upcoming Captain America: Winter Soldier. “I’ve done six, and I’m about to do seven [referring to Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron], so I’m running out of Marvel pictures- unless they extend my contract.” It seems that his contract didn’t include his cameo appearance on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Happily, he said that he is willing to continue playing Fury in future films if Marvel makes a new contract offer. Given the success of the movies and his willingness to continue, I’m sure a new offer will be forthcoming.
In other Marvel news, Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglass, will kick-off Marvel’s Phase Three a bit earlier. Originally slated for a July 31, 2015 release, the movie has now moved up a couple of weeks, hitting theaters on July 17. The reason for that is the date was vacated by Zack Snyder’s sequel to Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman, when Warner Bros. moved that film to May 6, 2016. The date of July 17 has had some success in the past, with notable pictures like The Dark Knight and Inception performing well in that slot. Ant-Man will now square off with Joe Wright’s Peter Pan prequel, simply titled Pan, from Warner Bros.
Stan Lee, creator of many a Marvel property and looked upon as being the public face of Marvel, has entertained us with his cameo appearances in the various movies over the years. He’s played a hot dog vendor in the first Spider-Man, a man drinking a tainted energy drink in The Incredible Hulk, a Hugh Hefner type in Iron Man, and an oblivious librarian in The Amazing Spider-Man, among others. It’s always been fun to see where he will pop up next. But for those looking for him to show up in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, don’t bother. He won’t be appearing in that one. The 91 year old Lee revealed the information on a recent episode of Dweebcast. When asked about a cameo in that film, Lee said, “No, I’m afraid not, that’s the one group I didn’t create. I didn’t write Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m not even sure who they all are. I can’t wait to see the movie.” This does seem consistent with Lee’s appearances in the movies, as he’s generally only shown up in titles for characters that he has written (thus no cameos in the Ghost Rider or Punisher movies), though he made an exception for Captain America: The First Avenger. Logistics have also accounted for his appearances (or lack thereof) which is why he wasn’t in last summer’s The Wolverine or in X-Men: First Class. Take a look at the video below showing Lee’s cameo appearances over the years (courtesy of ManticoreEscapee).
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