Deadline reports that writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet will take over scripting duties on Marvel Studios’s Captain Marvel.
Originally intended to be written by Meg LeFauve & Nicole Perlman, LeFauve left the production to direct Disney’s Gigantic, necessitating a new writer. Robertson-Dworet’s other credits include the upcoming Tomb Raider feature and the current draft of Warner Bros’ Harley Quinn spinoff, Gotham City Sirens.
In other Captain Marvel news, it seems the film will also be the next on-screen outing for Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury. The actor told Yahoo Movies UK (via ScreenRant) that he will not appear in Avengers: Infinity War or the fourth film in that Marvel Studios series. “They’re shooting them now, and they haven’t called me yet,” he said. “They wouldn’t let me go to Black Panther-ville, so it’s kinda like how you gonna make a black Marvel movie and not let Nick Fury show up in it?!”
Nick Fury’s current status in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is up for debate. He was last seen as the captain of the only remaining Helicarrier in Avengers: Age of Ultron despite going into the shadows during Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It is unclear if he was meant to remain an Avenger following the events of Ultron or remain a covert operative while Agent Coulson weeded out the last of Hydra. In fact, it is still something of a surprise that Fury didn’t come Coulson’s aid at the end of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s fourth year. His absence from Captain America: Civil War — which Jackson called the “superhero argument” movie — was also something of a surprise.
As ScreenRant points out, production of the fourth Avengers film will overlap with Captain Marvel filming; possibly making him unavailable for both. Though it’s hard to believe they can’t carve out a day for an Ultron-sized cameo.
Also, there is the specter of Jackson’s nine-film contract. First mentioned in 2009 after his stinger scene in Iron Man, the actor signed on to appear in nine Marvel Studios films. These would eventually include Iron Man 2, a cameo in Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, a larger role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Avengers: Age of Ultron cameo, the Captain Marvel role and, presumably, his handful of S.H.I.E.L.D. appearances. If those TV show drop-ins count — and that each episode counts separately — Marvel only has him for two more appearances before the contract expires. Jackson has expressed interest in extending the contract before, but it is easy to imagine Marvel Studios wanting to save those remaining contractual obligations before any renegotiation or their deal. It’s also easy to imagine giving him an important part in Captain Marvel will aid in those eventual talks.
But it also leaves Jackson out of films like Black Panther and The Avengers sequels. Film which, to be fair, cannot really accommodate more than a “Remember me? I’m still alive” moment at this point. Although, it is strange to think Nick Fury wouldn’t muster whatever forces he has available to take on Thanos. Maybe it is all a ruse and he will show up guns blazing in Infinity War as a special surprise.
Surprise is Nick Fury’s greatest weapon, after all.