Samuel L. Jackson Confirms He’ll Be in THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER; Says Nick Fury Will Have a New Female Sidekick

     February 3, 2011


At the end of last year, we reported that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) would not be making a cameo in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor.  However, that no longer appears to be the case.  Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jackson confirmed that he had recently shot a scene not only for Thor, but for Captain America: The First Avenger.  Here’s what Jackson told Fallon:

In the next month or so, I have to do one day on Thor, and I gotta do another day on Captain America, and in April we start The Avengers — the big deal with everybody. Thor and Captain America are pretty much done, but I haven’t done my part in them yet. I’m just connective tissue for them to join The Avengers.

Jackson also said he didn’t know if he would be appearing after the credits like he did in Iron Man.  Hit the jump for what Jackson had to say regarding Nick Fury’s new female sidekick.

Here’s what Jackson said regarding Fury’s new female sidekick:

“I have to screen test five actresses on Friday.  They have this new character who I guess is my sidekick and is with me all the time.”

So who is this mystery character?  If I had to guess, I would say the character is Sharon Carter.  In the comics, she’s not only an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., but she’s also the niece of Peggy Carter, who is the love interest in Captain America and played by Hayley Atwell.  Of course, that’s just fun speculation on my part.  The role could also be Wasp, but it’s weird to think of her as a sidekick to Fury.

Heat Vision reports that actresses screen-testing for the role include Morena Baccarin (V), Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield), Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World).  Heat Vision adds that whoever gets the role would be subject to the same nine-picture option as other recent actors and actresses to join the Marvel movie universe.

Just as a release date refresher, Thor opens May 6th, Captain America: The First Avenger is due out July 22nd, and The Avengers is slated for May 4, 2012.  All three films will be in 3D.

Here’s the video of Jackson on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:


  • Ringbearer1420

    Maria Hill, Maria Hill, Maria Hill.

    • Jesse

      That’s what I was thinking. Also, not to nitpick, but it’s Morena, not Monica Baccarin.

      • westmanca

        But you get what I’m saying, right?

    • Jesse

      Absolutely. I was commenting on the name in the article, not your post. She’s definitely got a Maria Hill vibe. Plus, with Marvel’s notoriety for cheapness, they could replace Sam Jackson’s Fury with Maria Hill and save some coin.

  • westmanca

    If it’s Monica Baccarin, I could see her as Maria Hill.

  • Serena Champness

    The female sidekick will be probably be played by one of the following rising young actresses:

    Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson, Sophia Bush, Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff, Leighton Meester, Taylor Momsen, Ellen Page, Emma Roberts, Jessica Szohr, Evan Rachel Wood.

  • Sheldon Cooper

    I hope this will include Ant-Man and Wasp as well as some of the following villains:

    Baron Zemo, Collector, Count Nefaria, Egghead, Grandmaster, Graviton, Grim Reaper, Immortus, Kang, Korvac, Legion of the Unliving, Lethal Legion, Loki, Master Pandemonium, Masters of Evil, Morgan le Fay, Nebula, Space Phantom. Super-Adaptoid, Supreme Intelligence, Squadron Sinister, Taskmaster, Thanos, Ultron, Zodiac.

  • Jesse


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  • JLC

    If the two current Avengers animated shows are any indication, the sidekick might be Carol Danvers a/k/a Ms. Marvel. Ms. Marvel is the SHIELD liaison in Super Hero Squad and Danvers just made an appearance in the Mar-Vell episode of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

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  • MC ATTAck

    Hoping for Maria Hill Too!

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  • Warlock

    Worst casting job Marvel has done to date. SLJ is a horrendous Nick Fury and his acting skills keep diminishing with each role he has. No need for cameos.

  • babymilo

    Warlock what are you talking about? the actual comic book character of Nick Fury(Ultimate universe) was based on SLJ in the first place, so how can it be the worst casting?