Samuel L. Jackson Says He Could ‘Legitimize’ SHIELD, Waits Patiently
Marvel and ABC have been pretty upfront and clear about how much of a separation they want between the movies that fall under the heading of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and their first television series that falls under it: a lot.
It’s pretty clear that we won’t be seeing Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlet Johansson, Jeremy Renner, or Chrisses Evans or Hemsworth making cameos in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. Maybe, just maybe, we might get Cobie Smulders when and if How I Met Your Mother ever finally makes good on its title. But there’s at least one major name from The Avengers that doesn’t just want to be on SHEILD, but is ready to talk about it.
Samuel L. Jackson thinks he has just the right amount of lovable star power to do the show a big favor:
If I was going to do SHIELD, I’d like to be — you know Charlie’s voice on Charlie’s Angels? That would be perfect. Because everybody recognizes my voice. That would be good enough for me… It would legitimize the show in another way.
Who’s standing in Jackson’s way? Not Joss Whedon, says the actor, the onus is all on Disney and Marvel for blocking the crossover, possibly, as Spinoff points out, because of the limits of their contract with Jackson. In fact, the notoriously tight contracts Marvel works out with its main stars could very well be a the heart of the company’s limits on who can even be mentioned, much less cameo, in their first television foray. One wonders if SHIELD cameos are being factored into more recent contract negotiations for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, such as those for Guardians of the Galaxy and eventually for those of Ant-Man.
In the meantime, Jackson has one more character he’d like to reprise, but I’d say it’s even less likely for Disney to okay: Mace Windu.
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