Robert Downey Jr. might have been the face of the MCU since his debut in 2008’s Iron Man, but one of the most stalwart supporting characters has been Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury. He was introduced as the Director of SHIELD but has since gone off to operate more covertly, as we last saw him working in space in the post-credits sequence of Spider-Man: Far from Home. As such a huge part of the MCU, fans have wondered if Jackson would be willing to ever crossover to the other side and play a character in the DC movies. According to the man himself, the possibility does seem likely at the moment.
In a recent interview with the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Samuel L. Jackson gave his thoughts on potentially portraying a DC character. He mentioned that he actually didn’t read Marvel comics much growing up, but that he was a big fan of DC. However, he said cinematically he’s “not sure what they’re about.” This is a pretty fair assessment from the actor. Though DC has certainly had some highs in recent years, their cinematic output has been pretty rocky.
Compare that to the MCU, which has been incredibly consistent since The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man kicked things off. While not all Marvel movies are going to be top-notch like Captain America: The Winter Soldier or Avengers: Infinity War, you can usually expect them to be at least serviceable or better. Considering how many movies Marvel and Disney have released, that’s no small feat, something Samuel L. Jackson surely recognizes.
For now, Samuel L. Jackson seems pretty content with his ongoing role in the MCU. In the next year alone, he’s going to reprise Nick Fury in two big projects. The Marvels will see him joining up with Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel again, along with Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau and Iman Vellani’s Khamala Khan. He’ll also finally be taking the lead role in a Marvel project when the Disney+ show Secret Invasion hits the streaming platform. Secret Invasion will feature Ben Mendolshon reprising his role as the Skrull Talos, Cobie Smulders coming back as Fury’s right-hand operative Maria Hill, and Emilia Clarke making her MCU debut. In short, it doesn’t seem like Samuel L. Jackson needs to make the jump to DC anytime soon, as Marvel is keeping him plenty busy.
Now, if we were able to get Samuel L. Jackson to jump over to DC, I’d personally vote that you find a way to make him the villain in Season 2 of Peacemaker. Let the man have the full ability to drop as many F-bombs as he wants. Plus, Jackson would know he can trust fellow Marvel-creative James Gunn to give him the level of quality he expects. Hey, we’re allowed to dream right?
While we wait for Nick Fury’s grand re-introduction to the MCU, you can catch Samuel L. Jackson’s latest project, the TV series The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, as it’s currently airing on Apple TV+. You can also see him in the spy flick Argylle, which is set to come out in 2022, and co-stars Ariana DeBose, Henry Cavill, Bryce Dallas Howard, and yes, Peacemaker himself John Cena.