(Warning - the following contains potential SPOILERS for future movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in particular next year's Thor: Ragnarok. Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests is wise...)
Now, with Marvel Studios's approach to Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe seeming to involve casting a whole lot of award-winning actors to play fan-pleasing roles, it wouldn't be all that surprising if some already-established characters fell by the wayside a little. After all, there's only so much screen-time out there, and if you have the option of having Tilda Swinton or Cate Blanchett fill it, that's exactly what you're going to do.
That, though, doesn't mean that we're going to see a wholesale exodus of every hero and villain that's appeared so far. In fact:
It Seems That Nick Fury Might Turn Up In 'Thor: Ragnarok'
Yup, that's right. That Nick Fury. The eye-patched badass who tied the whole first phase of the MCU together with his snarky authority, and who Samuel L. Jackson turned into something of a modern cinematic icon.
If the rumors making their way out of Thor: Ragnarok's Australian shooting location are to be believed, Jackson might just be heading out there to shoot a role in the movie. That, at least, is what the Gold Coast Bulletin is claiming, with the the outlet apparently revealing that (according to local reports) Nick Fury might just be making his way back to the big screen in 2017.
What Would Nick Fury's Appearance In 'Thor: Ragnarok' Mean For The MCU, Though?
Well, in terms of shocking reveals of major twists, most likely very little. After all, when we last left Fury in Avengers: Age of Ultron, he was doing just fine, and nothing that's emerged from the Captain America: Civil War set has given us cause to question his immediate survival.
As far as a possible explanation for Bruce Banner's involvement in the movie's plot goes, however, Fury would make a whole lot of sense. After all, if there's any man that could successfully track Bruce down, it's Ol' Nick, and he's exactly the sort of guy who would consider sending Bruce to Asgard to help out Thor to be a great idea. It would, after all, kill two birds with one stone — both providing an Avenger with much-needed assistance, and removing Banner from a planet/realm that wants to see him dead.
A Sam Jackson-themed cold open, perhaps?
What do you think?
How would you like to see Nick Fury feature in 'Thor: Ragnarok'?