Samuel L. Jackson may not be the Avengers' Nick Fury??

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Say it ain't so, motherf--ker!

Samuel L. Jackson tells the Los Angeles Times that he may not play Nick Fury in Marvel's anticipated Avengers movie and other films, even after doing a cameo at the end of Iron Man.

The reason? Money.

Here's how the newspaper reported it:

Jackson, clearly bristling, told the newspaper that negotiations to put him in the role of Nick Fury have broken down because "there seems to be an economic crisis in the Marvel Comics world."

It now appears that "somebody else will be Nick Fury, or maybe Nick Fury won't be in it" when it comes to Iron Man 2, The First Avenger: Captain America and The Avengers, the announced slate of Marvel Studios projects through 2011 that might have a natural spot for the character.

Fan favorite Jackson was actually used as the model for the Ultimate Marvel version of Fury, which took the white, grizzled, aging commando with salt-and-pepper hair and re-imagined him as a younger, bald African American.

"I saw [Iron Man 2 director] Jon Favreau at the Scream Awards, and we had a conversation. He said, 'I hope things are working out for you, because we're writing stuff for you.' Then all of a sudden last week I talked to my agents and manager, and things aren't really working that well," Jackson reportedly said.

For its part, Marvel told the paper that they still want to see Jackson wearing Fury's eyepatch. "Marvel does not comment on active negotiations," was the boilerplate response, but there was an emphasis on the word "active" in the voice of the spokesman, the newspaper reported.

Stay tuned!