After spending something like a minute and a half as Nick Fury after the credits of Iron Man, Sam Jackson was in. He probably didn’t know it at the time, but neither Marvel Studios or the fans would ever let that character go. It’s just how these things go. And now, weeks after we heard rumblings of some contract problems, The Hollywood Reporter is now confirming that Jackson has signed a 9 picture deal with Marvel.

The deal would include upcoming films Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, The Avengers as well as the potential sequels to each film. The ninth film on the table would be a S.H.I.E.L.D. offshoot film, which would undoubtedly place Jackson’s Fury in the lead role.

From a development standpoint, this announcement does tell us a few important things. For one, it confirms that both Captain America and Thor will include at least cameos for Fury, meaning that each film will not be limited the being either full period or fantasy pieces. As in, some part of Captain America will take place outside the 1940s and some part of Kenneth Branagh’s Thor will take place in the real world, rather than being completely set in Valhalla. Both films should include some sort of transformative situation for each character — for a great example of this, I would direct you toward Mark Millar’s The Ultimates storyline, or at least the storyline in the first book. From where I sit, that is the best example of how to bring the entire Avengers crew together in a modern day setting.

As for Sam Jackson, good for him. He’s not the kind of guy who has any trouble finding work outside of the Marvel Universe, but it’s safe to say that fans wanted to see him stick with the character. It keeps his comic book cred up (especially after The Spirit debacle) and keeps things consistent throughout the entire run of The Avengers storyline. And that does count for something. It’s all part of the smart decision-making that has Marvel in the driver’s seat on the comic adaptation genre, at least for the foreseeable future.

Are you happy about Sam Jackson signing on to play Nick Fury in 9 possible Marvel movies?

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