When Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes out in April, Samuel L. Jackson will have been in six of Marvel’s eight movies. As S.H.I.E.L.D. head Nick Fury, he’s the glue that can tie any of the movies together. Fury is the guy who always knows what’s going on, and has to be, if not the smartest person in the room, then definitely the most duplicitous. In The Winter Soldier, Fury will play a major role in navigating/manipulating Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) into the shadowy world of espionage where Captain America’s moral compass will be challenged by the complexities of the present day.
In a recent interview, Jackson talked about the side of Nick Fury we’ll see in The Winter Soldier, how the character interacts with others, his desire to be a presence on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and more. Hit the jump for what he had to say. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4, 2014.
The Nick Fury we’ve seen before has been the bearer of grave tidings and someone who can shoot down a jet fighter with a bazooka. But Jackson tells USA Today we’ll see a different side of the character in The Winter Soldier:
You see Nick Fury the office guy, him going about the day-to-day work of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the politics as opposed to that other stuff. It’s great to have him dealing with Captain America in terms of being able to speak to him soldier to soldier and try to explain to him how the world has changed in another way while he was frozen in time. Some of the people who used to be our enemies are now our allies — him trying to figure out, “Well, how do we trust those guys?” or “How do we trust the guys that you didn’t trust who don’t trust you? And explaining to him that the black and white of good guys/bad guys has now turned into this gray area.
Nick lies to him all the time, too. (Laughs) But he’s trying to help him navigate the waters of the new sharks that he doesn’t know anything about.
And when I talk to Natasha, it’s as a father figure because he loves her in a way that he doesn’t love anybody else as part of that whole group of people. The fact that they’re both members of this shadow world and he knows her past in a way that no one else knows it, there’s an affection and a respect there and a knowledge of that kind of person she is in there. Even if she loves him, if she had to kill him, she would, and he understands that. There’s a way of dealing with her that he can’t deal with anybody else.
From the length of this description, it sounds like we’ll see a fleshed-out relationship between Natasha and Fury in Winter Soldier, and it’s about time. They’ve always been comrades, and I’m glad that the upcoming Captain America will build on their relationship.
But there’s also an introspective side to Fury as well. As Jackson explains, “There’s Nick dealing with Nick, and how many lies have I told? Have I told so many lies that I don’t really know what’s the truth anymore?”
If that sounds a bit weighty, Jackson also said he’s willing to play it a little lighter if he ever gets a chance to participate in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
I keep talking to them about it. I keep saying, “If nothing else, let me be Charlie of Charlie’s Angels. Use my voice to send them off to do stuff sometimes.” Joss just looked at me like, “Hmmm. Maybe.”