Samuel L. Jackson is a very busy actor, having starred in over 20 movies in the past five years. However, one movie he won’t be appearing in is Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther film…and he’s not happy about that!
Phase Three of the Disney produced MCU will introduce some diversity to the super hero universe. The Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman—who was a scene stealer in Captain America: Civil War—will feature an impressive cast including Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, Sterling K. Brown and Forest Whitaker.
One name that’s not included on this list is Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the MCU. Having expected to be included, Jackson voiced his disappointment about being left out while talking to Sirius XM to promote his newest film Kong: Skull Island.
Jackson said, “I can't go to Wakanda, for some reason. I'm the only black character you've got in the Marvel universe right now, now for some reason when you do a black Marvel movie, I can't show up in Wakanda?”
Fury was the first black comic character adapted from the page to the MCU, and one of only three in total, which would make him a natural inclusion in the first Marvel film with a black lead. Unfortunately, Nick Fury has been shoved to the background of the MCU in recent years, as SHIELD’s role in the cinematic universe has been diminished.
Do you think Jackson has a valid complaint? Should he be included in The Black Panther?