Samuel L. Jackson Co-Signs Joss Whedon As 'Avengers' Director

'Iron Man' star applauds Marvel's 'great choices' of Whedon, 'Captain America' star Chris Evans.

BEVERLY HILLS, California — Marvel has big plans for moviegoers in the next couple of years, and nearly all of them share one thing in common: A bald, sneering, eye-patch-wearing spy named Nick Fury. "Iron Man" fans who stuck around after the closing credits saw Samuel L. Jackson make Tony Stark an offer he couldn't refuse. Jackson returns in the role for next month's sequel, and he has signed on to play Fury in as many as nine films.

So, when we caught up with Sam the man recently, we had to ask for his take on the latest round of big Marvel announcements. Addressing the rumor that Joss Whedon will direct "The Avengers," Jackson said that, to his knowledge, the deal was done. "They signed him, didn't they? I thought I actually saw something the other day that said he was in."

Assuming that the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" mastermind will be charged with assembling Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and the other comic book superheroes, Jackson said he was pleased with Whedon's appointment.

"I think it's fine," said Jackson, who added that he expects Fury to see some action and even "shoot somebody" by the time the Whedon-helmed "Avengers" movie wraps. "They seem to be making great choices and trying to make all of these films work.

"I'm looking forward to connecting with [Whedon] sometime," Jackson said. "I guess that's, like, next February," he said of the anticipated filming start date.

Shortly before the Whedon revelation, news broke that Chris Evans, a star of the "Fantastic Four" franchise, would get superheroic once again, this time as Captain America. Although Evans isn't sure if his Cap will be the "boss" of the Avengers, he will answer to Nick Fury, who gave the newest member of the superhero team a thumbs-up.

"[Evans] is the right guy, not a problem," Jackson said of his newly named co-star. "[Marvel] seems to be making great steps in the right direction to make all of these films happen in the right way. I'm looking forward to going to London and meeting Captain America."

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