Warning: If you haven't seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier yet, then here be SPOILERS!
It's not easy to get all that much out of Marvel when it comes to details of their upcoming movies. The phrase 'like getting blood out of a stone' gets thrown around a lot. So when a major cast member actually does start talking plot, it's a pretty big deal.
Cue, Samuel L. Jackson, fresh from some major character developments of his own in Captain America: The Winter Soldier - which he ends presumed dead by the world. The actor recently spoke to Buzzfeed regarding his character's future, and specifically the part he'll play in The Avengers: Age of Ultron:
¨Avengers 2 is so huge, and having seen the tag, I don’t know there’s a real space for Nick in that scenario because everything is so extraordinary...When you come down to it, Nick’s an ordinary guy who knows how to bend extraordinary people to his will. The [Avengers sequel] is not about Nick and what S.H.I.E.L.D. is going through. We’re going to skip over him in an interesting sort of way.¨
All of which suggests that the second film in the Avengers series is going to be a whole lot less S.H.I.E.L.D-centric than the first. What's more, the first of Captain America: The Winter Soldier's two post credits stings introduces two new characters to the Marvel cinematic Universe: The Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Comic fans will recognize them from the pages of both The X-Men and The Avengers, and their history suggests they could have a major role to play in the forthcoming Avengers sequel.
What do you guys think? Will an Avengers sequel be the same without Col. Fury pulling the strings? Or are you happy to let ol' Nick have an adventure on his own? Let me know below!