If there’s an upcoming super movie coming out, odds are good Samuel L. Jackson is in it. So when he gets interviewed for one film, it’s usually a safe bet he’s going to get asked about another one. Or two.
Such was the case with Vulture’s recent Jackson profile, where the actor sat down to talk about Frozone, his character in this weekend’s Incredibles 2, but ended up chatting about Nick Fury, his tried-and -true MCU staple, as well as the titular mister in M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming Glass, who isn’t quite super himself, but, has a lot to do with Unbreakable Bruce Willis coming into his own superior ways. And he apparently wants to have a lot more to do with James McAvoy’s Split Beast, aka Kevin Wendell Crumb, aka Patricia, aka Dennis, aka Hedwig, aka Barry, aka Jade, aka Orwell, aka Heinrich, aka Norma.
“All of a sudden, my character has the thing he wanted: the heroic good guy, the bad guy, and I get to be in the middle of them,” said Jackson. “It has a distinct satisfaction if you remember what his theory was all along, that there are people out here with extraordinary powers who can do extraordinary things. And it’s amazing to watch James have an argument with four different characters in front of my face.”
All that amazement wasn’t guaranteed in the least. Jackson only found out about the shared universe and possible Unbreakable sequel after Night implored him to watch Split pre release. And though he was as surprised and excited as everyone else when Willis’ David Dunn showed up at the end, a sequel was far from a done deal at that point, as the team still had to wait for Split’s opening weekend numbers. Fortunately, a surprise $40 million debut sealed the deal, and Mr. Glass is ready to crack again.
As far as Jackson’s MCU efforts, last we saw Nick Fury he was getting turned to Thanos dust, just after placing a high-tech distress call. But Jackson didn’t know about that post-credits scene till way late either, as they tapped him for it while he was on the set of 2019’s Captain Marvel. And it sounds like he knows even less about half the world’s fate, including Fury’s own – but he has faith. “Who’s really dead, and who’s really in the flaky wind of Marvel dust, I don’t know, but I do know there’s a solution that they didn’t even have to tell me, just because I know who Captain Marvel is and what all that means.”
Jackson also mentioned that Brie Larson, who plays “the most powerful character in the Marvel universe,” is taking her job extremely seriously, especially as far as representing heroic women everywhere. “She wants it to be a special film, she wants it to represent women, she wants it to be a film that has heart and depth,” said Jackson.
We’ll see if both films live up to such lofty expectations when Glass opens Jan. 18, 2019, and Captain Marvel opens Mar. 8, 2019. Which upcoming Jackson super-movie are you most excited for?