If you're a card-carrying Marvel Zombie, 2009 has been a very good year for you so far. Between the hype surrounding "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and the latest "Iron Man 2" casting news, it's beginning to look like yet another mighty year for the "House of Ideas."
Of course, we could be speaking too soon here, as the L.A. Times' Hero Complex has broke the news that negotiations between Samuel L. Jackson and Marvel Studios (for Jackson to reprise his role as Nick Fury in Marvel's upcoming slate of films) have reportedly come to a halt, with Jackson going so far as saying, "There was a huge kind of negotiation that broke down. I don't know. Maybe I won't be Nick Fury. Maybe somebody else will be Nick Fury or maybe Nick Fury won't be in it. There seems to be an economic crisis in the Marvel Comics world so [they're saying to me], 'We're not making that deal.'"
In what would be a huge blow to Marvel's upcoming slate of films -- including "Iron Man 2," "Thor" and "The First Avenger: Captain America," all of which lead up to the holy grail of superhero films, "The Avengers" -- Jackson's Fury (head of S.H.I.E.L.D.) would've served as the glue that bonded the films together. With his cameo at the end of "Iron Man," as well as the fact that Marvel has been blatantly using his likeness for the character in their comics over the past few years, he's clearly earned the fanboy seal of approval. And while Hero Complex speculates that this may just be a "negotiating tactic" on Jackson's part, the fan-favorite actor was certainly vocal about his disappointment with the meetings thus far.
"I saw ['Iron Man' and 'Iron Man 2' director] Jon Favreau at the Scream Awards and we had a conversation," recalled Jackson. "He said, 'I hope things are working out for you because we're writing stuff for you.' Then all of a sudden last week I talked to my agents and manager and things aren't really working that well."
Stay tuned, Splash Pagers, this could get ugly...
Speak up, Marvel fans -- does this news upset you? If Jackson doesn't return to the franchise, who do you think would be able to fill his shoes as Nick Fury? Let's hear your thoughts in the comments.