At the time, the first “Iron Man” movie was six years away from being made. It would mark the first time Samuel L. Jackson’s iteration of Fury has appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, namely in the form of an uncredited cameo in the film’s post-credits scene, a move that has now become common within of the MCU as a way to introduce new characters and stories to the world that has already been built.
Mark Millar previously spoke about his own experience with Jackson and discussed the unlicensed use of his likeness. “The first thing I said was I hope you don’t mind that I totally blow up your appearance in my book 13 years ago,” the writer told Business Insider in 2015. “And he was like, ‘Fuck no, man. Thanks for. the nine-film deal.
Needless to say, this tactic doesn’t work all that often, so don’t steal lookalikes hoping your brand is okay with it because you might get them a lasting spot in a franchise. This was clearly a draw scenario considering how big the MCU has grown since then. It really could have gone one of two ways: the way it did, or, well, the other way around. But Jackson, an actor with great longevity, clearly knows a smart move when he sees one. The actor has a knack for playing roles that audiences can never really see anyone else play. You can add good old Nick Fury to Jackson’s impressive roster.