Today, Yahoo released an interview with Marvel Studios favorite Nick Fury actor Samuel L. Jackson. According to Jackson, his character will have a much more minor role in the upcoming Avengers sequel much to fan disappointment.
“I’m just kind of passing by there. I’m not really doing so much, I don’t think. Because it’s another one of those ‘people who have powers fighting people who have powers.’ That’s why I didn’t get to New York during ‘The Avengers,’ because there wouldn’t be a lot I could do besides shoot a gun. So, there’s no need in having me there.”
However, with such an enormous ensemble of heroes, along with adding three (possibly more) new Avengers, I'm sure everyone's roles in the film seem pretty small. Also, last Avengers film we saw Nick Fury leading up the superhero alliance, but in the comics, Captain America stands as the prominent leader of the group.
Could Nick Fury's minimized role hint at Steve Rogers' stepping up to leader of the Avengers? In the movie trailer, we see [Nick Fury](movie:589189) listening to an angered Cap before he says "Looks like you're calling the shots now" and Steve answers "You're damn right I am," which could very well be Fury's submission to Cap's authority.
Perhaps that's what Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige meant when he said Winter Soldier will directly set up the events of Age of Ultron!
“[The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035)” comes to theaters May 1, 2015.