Iron Man 2 made sure you knew about the secret superhero organization S.H.I.E.L.D. You have to because the group sets up the super-sized superhero movie The Avengers over the course of the next Marvel superhero movies, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. But the studio didn’t sign Samuel L. Jackson, who plays SHIELD head Nick Fury, to a nine-picture deal just to be a shepherd of a larger movie to which he’s only a minor character. In an interview with RadioBigBoy (via Cinemablend), Jackson said that the SHIELD movie is coming after Avengers. Said Jackson:
“The Avengers should start shooting some time next year, and then some time after that there’ll be a big S.H.I.E.L.D. movie.”
Hit the jump for my speculation on who will be in the flick.
So we know Jackson will star in the film and presumably the two SHIELD agents we already know, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), will also return. Jackson revealed in his interview that War Machine (Don Cheadle) “is gonna show up a lot.” That’s not a bad start, but what other characters (if any) can we expect on the team?
First, I wouldn’t count out, Sharon Carter. In the comics, Carter is an Agent of SHIELD, and the character’s aunt, Peggy Carter, is Captain America’s love interest in Captain America: The First Avenger. Also, General Thaddeus E. “Thunderbolt” Ross (from The Incredible Hulk) has history with the organization in the comics. Of course, I don’t know how many characters will be in the film. How many can you have before you start taking away valuable screen time of Samuel L. Jackson playing the Samuel L. Jackson persona?