‘Iron Man 2’ Turns Nick Fury Into A ‘Sponsor And Mentor’ To Tony Stark

As comic book fans anxiously await the return of Tony Stark in next week’s “Iron Man 2,” there’s another popular hero readying for a big screen comeback next week as well — none other than S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury.

In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, director Jon Favreau spoke about Fury’s elevated role in “Iron Man 2” following Samuel L. Jackson’s cameo appearance at the end of the first “Iron Man.” While that scene was initially intended as a tribute to the character’s comic book resemblance to Jackson, the role has clearly expanded in light of the actor’s nine-picture deal with Marvel Studios.

“The idea was just to do this tag, and we thought it would be really fun to get Sam since the comics version of Fury is based on him,” said the director. “Now it’s become much more than that.”

Fury has a significant role to play in connecting the “Iron Man” films to other Marvel properties, including “Thor” and “The First Avenger: Captain America,” all the way through to 2012’s “The Avengers.” He’ll also have an important role in the forthcoming “Iron Man 2.”

“He has tremendous presence,” Favreau revealed of Fury. “We have a scene in the film at Randy’s Donuts where Tony, after a rough night, needs a talking-to. And as Fury, Sam is a combination of sponsor and mentor and also this mysterious guy who is indoctrinating him into this order of superheroes.”

Favreau’s knowledge of Marvel’s plans are mostly relegated to the “Iron Man” franchise, though he said that there’s a possibility that Fury’s reach could extend as far back as World War II alongside the star-spangled Steve Rogers.

“Will they say he was alive in World War II? I don’t have any idea on that one,” said Favreau. “I know there’s been a lot of discussion about that. There’s a lot of things to be considered. There are endless possibilities and endless discussion of them.”

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