Jackson has been teasing us with his well-placed cameos in prior Marvel movies like "Iron Man," "Thor" and "Captain America," but "Avengers" finally brings Nick Fury front and center. When MTV News caught up with Jackson recently, we asked him what we learn about Fury specifically in this film.
"We do know that his organization is a real organization," Jackson said. "His paranoia [about a real threat to national/global security] is not paranoia but a real founded fear."
Jackson said that over the course of the events in the movie, he proves to the proverbial "higher ups" that his expensive "assembly" is completely and totally necessary.
"There is a need for the Avengers Initiative and that [puts him] at odds with the powers that be," Jackson said. "Which we assume anyway because he bucks against the system in an interesting way."
Regarding Fury's future in film, Jackson seems open to the idea of a stand alone S.H.I.E.L.D. movie, but said that a few other characters would have to be involved as well.
"Natasha is part of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawkeye is part of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I couldn't do a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie without those two people. They're essential elements of what's there," Jackson said. "I don't know how much of S.H.I.E.L.D. [Marvel] want[s] to expose...I mean, we're not superheroes," he continued. "We're more of a shadow world. So, it would be more like 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' with good toys—closer to a 'Bond' movie than a superhero movie."
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