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Samuel L. Jackson Reveals Nick Fury Will Get Female ‘Sidekick’

Although we’ve long known that Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow won’t be the only female character in The Avengers, there’s been little indication who might help to provide a little balance to a testosterone-heavy lineup. Director Joss Whedon has only said there will be just one female Avenger, meaning no Wasp or Scarlet Witch — in costume, at least.

But on NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Samuel L. Jackson gave hope to fans holding out for a role for SHIELD agents Sharon Carter, Carol Danvers or Maria Hill. What’s more, he indicated that Nick Fury will appear in Thor after all.

“I gotta screen test like five actresses on Friday,” he said last night. “They have this new character that I guess is my sidekick or something that’s with me all the time. So they’re auditioning girls for it.”

Fallon gasped, saying, “Some secret, good stuff. If we were at Comic-Con, there’d be a riot right now.” (Watch the interview segment below.)

Sharon Carter seems the most likely candidate for Fury’s “sidekick,” as the character (aka Agent 13) has a lengthy history as a SHIELD operative. Perhaps just as importantly, in Marvel comics she has significant connections to Captain America: She’s his one-time girlfriend of Captain America, and the niece of his World War II-era love interest Peggy Carter (played in Captain America: The First Avenger by Hayley Atwell).

That said, we shouldn’t discount the possibility of Carol Danvers, potentially laying the groundwork for Ms. Marvel to appear in an Avengers sequel, or Maria Hill, the SHIELD director turned Avengers leader.

Jackson, who confirmed his nine-movie Marvel deal, also revealed that he’ll shoot his Thor and Captain America cameos “in the next month or so.” The actor had previously said he wouldn’t appear in the Kenneth Branagh-directed Thor, which opens on May 6.

Thor and Captain America are pretty much done, but I haven’t done my part in them yet,” he said. “I’m just connective tissue for them to join the Avengers.”

He confessed that he doesn’t yet know where in those two films his part will fall.

“I don’t know, I have no idea what they want me to do,” Jackson said. “It was so funny, because when I saw Iron Man for the first time, I sat there and they had the film — they screened the film for me, my agent and some other people were sitting there, the credits came and went and I wasn’t there. They sent the wrong print! Then they sent a dude to my house with like 30 seconds of film. I had to watch and sign something, then he had to leave.”

The Avengers, which also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg, opens on May 4, 2012.

Update: Five actresses have emerged as the lead contenders for the role of Fury’s “sidekick.”


  • Gforce

    Hasn’t show his scenes for Cap and Thor? That means they won’t be with main characters. Probably post-credit scenes of him with Caulson or just on the phone.

  • Branimir P.

    Contessa Val? Valentina Allegra de Fontaine?

  • pat

    I see it being Carol, simply because he’s more Ultimate Nick Fury, and she’s pretty much SHIELD second in command in Ultimate continuity. (Heck, she’s head of SHIELD in Ultimate continuity at the moment.)

  • Jacob

    No it doesn’t. The main actors could easily come back for the scenes.

  • Jacob

    She might be officially, but lets face it. Fury still runs the show there.

  • mugiwara

    I really, really hope it’s Maria Hill.
    Marvel cartoons and movies need to give more visibility to recent characters.

  • Drfunkphd

    My first thought was Contessa, but I think Danvers or Carter have a better chance.

  • TheBoyWonder

    I hope it’s Maria Hill.

  • Seerge

    S.J. is stolen biological material, taken against will and formed to clones line 200 pieces total. Sign of dangerous criminal activity. Original Scarlett Galabekian future pediatrician doctor, pediatrician nurse license she obtained in 2008

  • JMC

    Hope Jackson is in better shape than he was for Iron Man 2. I couldn’t get over his pot belly and general unhealthy look – far from a super-spy

  • Lupogrande

    I’m gonna throw a curveball suggest Bobbi Morse as an option. Why? We already have Hawkeye, Mockingbird is completely out of the question, especially if she’s a similar sort of agent as Black Window with her recent costume.

  • Lupogrande

    *and suggest
    **isn’t out of the question.

    (I’m tired)

  • Tf883

    With all due respect, with no racist intent, the Nick Fury of WWII is a white guy, and should be a white guy for the Captain America movie. He was Sgt. Nick Fury, leader of the Howlin Commandos……….