The first Spider-Man-focused flick of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes out this week, which means it’s the perfect time to look ahead to what’s coming next. Captain Marvel is one of the more exciting Marvel films coming up, and it looks like she won’t be saving the world by herself. Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury may reportedly be joining Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers in the upcoming movie. The report comes from Christopher Marc, executive editor of Omega Underground.
Nothing is officially confirmed yet, but Marc says this is the prevailing word around the film production community. Jackson’s name, he says, is billed right next to Brie Larson’s on crew recruitment materials for the film. Though it’s not officially announced, the rumor does line up with something Jackson said in an interview a couple of months ago, where he mentioned that maybe Nick Fury would be a part of Captain Marvel.
It would make a lot of sense for Fury to play a large role in the film for a few reasons. One is that it’s being released right between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. The MCU will be in the middle of its biggest event yet, and Fury will likely be a huge part of the story. It’d be weird for him to completely disappear in between Avengers movies while a new hero comes up. Second, in the comics, Fury is a huge part of Captain Marvel’s backstory. As a star CIA agent, Carol Danvers worked extensively with Nick Fury before joining NASA, meeting the Kree Warrior Mar-Vell, and becoming the first Ms. Marvel. Much of that origin story will likely be skipped over in the movie, but it makes sense to keep Fury’s part in her origin for the movie. Finally, more Nick Fury typically means better Marvel movies. Remember Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Fury was just as much the main character as Steve Rogers was, and it’s still the best MCU movie they’ve made.
In other news, now that Spider-Man: Homecoming is almost here, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed the studio’s plans for the wall-crawler. In an interview with The Toronto Sun, Feige described a five-movie story for Spidey that would include two solo flicks and three crossovers. That includes his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War.
“We are looking at a five-movie storyline — Civil War, Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, untitled Avengers, Homecoming 2 — or whatever we end up calling it — as an amazing five-story journey for Peter Parker,” Feige said. “This original 22-movie arc ends with the untitled Avengers in May of 2019 and then two months later it will be Peter and Spider-Man (on July 5, 2019) that usher us into the aftermath and how things proceed from there.”
While there’s no shortage of Spider-Man to come, it doesn’t appear that a third solo Spider-Man movie is in the cards. As a huge Spider-Man fan, that’s a little disappointing. I want all the Spidey I can get. Though it makes sense that they would stop short of a trilogy, for now at least. The character doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to third installments.
As for how things proceed after Avengers 4, it’s possible the MCU will be down its most senior member. Robert Downey Jr. spoke with Australia’s News.com about the possibility of stepping down from the role of Iron Man. He says that while he could have quit after the first Avengers came out, his decision to stay was all about the people he would get to work with. He specifically called out Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo as people he adores. Downey Jr. implied he’d like to step away from the role while he’s still good.
“I just never want to blow it for the last six or seven (MCU movies) I have done by dropping the ball because I decided to go do it one more time. I just want to hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing,” he said.
The actor is still fantastic as Tony Stark, and remains one of the consistently great parts of the MCU. That said, it’s admirable that he wants to quit while he’s ahead. History is filled with great film series that tainted their legacies by pushing themselves one movie too far. Also, with all the new superheroes Marvel keeps introducing, the MCU is getting crowded. Eventually, it’s going to be time for some older Avengers to step aside and allow some new members to take the spotlight. It’s happened in the comics multiple times. And hey, maybe Downey Jr. doesn’t have to quit being Tony Stark forever. Maybe at some point, he takes on more of a supporting role to whoever fills out the team after Avengers 4. Either way, it’ll be hard to say goodbye to Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark. It’s comforting to know he intends to end on a high note.