Being that Samuel L. Jackson‘s character in the Marvel Comics Universe is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., I don’t think it would be such a bad idea to include him in the show every once in a while. Admittedly, he doesn’t need to be there as the constant head of the team, we can leave that to his right hand man, Agent Phil Coulson, thank you very much. But Nick Fury should be there, if only to yell out something Nick Fury-esque. Give his team an inspirational speech or the mean one-eyed stare, I don’t care. Just something, Joss.
Samuel L. Jackson, otherwise known as Nick Fury, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Marvel movie universe, hasn’t heard from Joss Whedon about the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” TV series in the works at ABC. However, that hasn’t stopped him from fantasizing about what his role would be.
“In my mind, I would tend to think that he would, if nothing else, be like Charlie in ‘Charlie’s Angels,'” Jackson told MTV. “At least be the voice.”
Okay, so yes, Joss stated that he wanted this show to be within the MCU but to function on its own without the need to bring in the superheroes and such, but I honestly would find it harder to believe if even Fury’s voice wasn’t heard considering who he is.
In related news, it looks like S.H.I.E.L.D. has recruited its final cast regular, and her name is Chloe Bennet:
Actress Chloe Bennet, best known for a recurring role in the ABC drama ‘Nashville’, has joined the pilot as a superhero fan intrigued by the shadowy government organizations they work with.
Here’s the character description, via The Hollywood Reporter:
“Bennet becomes the sixth and final regular in the drama and will play Skye, a confident woman who is slightly obsessed with superhero culture and the shadow organizations that exist within it. She’s edgy and can out-talk anyone with her unflappable nature.”
It sounds like Bennet’s character will provide the “average person” angle in the series, an outsider looking into the organization. She joins Clark Gregg (The Avengers) as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na [Wen] (Stargate Universe) as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Agent Grant Ward, [Iain] De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz and Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Gemma Simmons.