Nick Fury and Maria Hill

Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders will return as Nick Fury and Maria Hill in Spider-Man: Far From Home

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Aug 7, 2018, 4:16 PM EDT (Updated)

Spider-Man: Far From Home just got even more star power, adding two fan-favorite supporting players from the deeper corners of the MCU.

The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming was already a much-anticipated film thanks to the return of both fan favorite Tom Holland in the title role and a supporting cast that still includes Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, and Marisa Tomei. Then the new supporting players started to arrive, and things got even more exciting. Jake Gyllenhaal will reportedly join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the villain Mysterio, and last month we got word that comedic star J.B. Smoove will also be joining the film in a still-unnamed role. Now we know a couple of former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are suiting up again to meet Spidey on the big screen for the first time.

Vulture reports Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders have joined Far From Home to reprise their respective roles as Nick Fury and Maria Hill, respectively. Jackson has, of course, been part of the MCU since the beginning, first appearing in the post-credits scene of 2008's Iron Man, while Smulders made her debut as Maria Hill, Fury's right hand, in The Avengers in 2012. Both were last scene in the post-credits sequence of Avengers: Infinity War, when it was revealed that they were both victims of Thanos' snap, but not before Fury was able to get a message to Captain Marvel, who is presumably somewhere out among the stars in the present of the MCU timeline. Because of this, Sony — which co-produces the Spider-Man films with Marvel Studios — did not comment on this casting.

That Fury and Hill end up surviving in some form, though, can't be too much of a surprise given the grand scheme of the MCU's future as we now see it. Spider-Man was perhaps the most heart-wrenching loss in Infinity War, but even then the film that would become Far From Home was already on the calendar, along with developing sequels for Black Panther and the Guardians of the Galaxy, who lost all but two members to Thanos.

Fury and Hill's presumed resurrection is less surprising than the news that they'll be joining a Spider-Man film, and it gives us some very interesting hints as to what's to come for Peter Parker when he returns from the dust. After all, Tony Stark dubbed him an Avenger during Infinity War. When he finally makes it back to Earth, it's probably time for Peter to meet more of the big guns, and Fury and Hill — while always relegated to supporting roles — certainly qualify as major MCU players.

This news also means that 2019 will be an even bigger year than we thought for Jackson as Fury. He was already set to appear in Captain Marvel as a younger version of Nick Fury (the film is set in the 1990s), and now that we know he's back for Far From Home we can also hazard a guess that we'll see some form of resurrection for him during the still-untitled Infinity War sequel. If that theory holds, it'll make three MCU films in the span of about four months for Jackson, at a time when we'd previously thought his time with Marvel might be winding down. How all of this plays out onscreen is still anyone's guess, but if you dig Jackson as Fury, get ready to see a lot more of him.

Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters July 5, 2019.