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Redford Confirms He’ll Play ‘Head of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ in Captain America 2


Although Robert Redford already confirmed he has joined the cast of Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the veteran actor revealed to SPINOFF ONLINE this morning precisely what role he’ll play.

Asked by SPINOFF’ during a press roundtable for The Company You Keep about portraying a senior S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, as previously reported, Redford was quick to clarify, “Well, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. The head of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

“The Captain America thing is just a very simple thing,” he continued. “I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do something just to be different. Something bold, different. And that felt like a good thing to do. That was it, nothing more to it than that. Well, it’s bold in terms of expectations, I guess. “

Redford joins returning cast members Chris Evans (Captain America/Steve Rogers), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), Toby Jones (Arnim Zola) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), along with Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter), Frank Grillo (Crossbones) and Max Hernandez (Agent Jasper Sitwell).

Directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is believed to be based on the Captain America storyline of the same name, which revealed Captain America’s sidekick Bucky Barnes didn’t die as expected during the war. Instead, an amnesiac Bucky got snatched by the Soviets, fitted with a bionic arm and programmed to serve as an assassin known as the Winter Soldier. The secret is revealed in the present day after Barnes attacks the Red Skull and blows up part of Philadelphia. The film opens in 3D on April 4, 2014.


  • Matthew Hickman

    oh for fuck Sake Nick Fury is the head of Shield

  • neil.danger

    I tend to think John Byrne definitely modeled his Cap on Redford when he did he short run back the late seventies.

  • Michael Sacal

    Maybe Redford would be Nick Fury had it not been for Ultimate Marvel? Worlds colliding? 616 Fury meets Ultimate Fury, only that Redford’s character can’t be called Nick Fury, he’ll need a new name?

  • Wrich Printz

    So, is he the head of SHIELD before Fury (in a flash back type of way) or is he head of the “Council” that seems to act as the board of directors for SHIELD?

  • Synque Nuno

    nick fury sr?

  • Lola

    No. Fury is the head of SHIELD. If you want someone else to be the head of SHIELD, use Maria or Daisy. Unless he turns out to somehow be Fury Sr, I’ll be ignoring his existance.

  • Jamil_Scalese

    “Head” of SHIELD? M.O.D.O.K, obviously.

  • JohnZee

    Marvel Studios, always looking for a bargain. After the Avengers was such a huge success, my guess is that accountant wise dollar to dollar it was just more fiscally sound to go with Redford on this particular movie. As far as it how relates to the whole scheme of things in regards to Shield and Nick Fury’s leadership of that organization. No one gives a shit. Not even worth devoting screen time in a movie halfway explaining it.

    Bitch about it enough, Marvel will throw a 10 second cameo of Samuel L. Jackson tossing out a few words on a cellphone to an unspecified individual. And if you have the subtitles running when you are playing your special edition with extra special packaging dvd, no doubt your worried mind will be relieved.

  • Eagle13

    Colonel Rick Stoner, I’d imagine.

  • PietroMaximoff

    this is lame…

  • smart internet man

    jesus you people are pathetic. who the shit cares if he’s the boss of Fury or licking his boots.

  • raulrain

    Maybe Redford will be the head of shield in the 70s, in a flashback, or by the time shield was founded

  • Zach Harrison

    For God’s sake, people. He’s a frigging actor, he knows nothing. I’m sure they aren’t replacing Fury, Redford is probably just talking out of his ass.

  • kalorama

    In all of the Marvel films, Fury was specifically cited as being the Director of SHIELD. That’s not necessarily a title that precludes someone being above him in the chain of command.

  • Flip Maker

    Your comment is lamer. Why is it “lame?” I’m looking forward to this — veteran actor with great chops and presence. What’s wrong with that?

  • Crimsonrain

    Ok…unless I missed something in Avenger…although he ignored them..there was that group of people on the monitor’s that Fury was answering (sort of) to. That means he did in a way have people that he had to answer to. Redford’s character might be someone we haven’t seen that is even over that group of people.

  • Hypestyles

    Very cool. Hopefully there will be flashbacks to Redford in action as a SHIELD agent back in the 60s. Also he can show up in future movies, especially Avengers 2.

  • Crimsonrain

    lol…going to correct my spelling on the previous posting. Ok…unless I missed something in Avengers…although he ignored
    them..there was that group of people on the monitors that Fury was
    answering (sort of) to. That means he did in a way have people that he
    had to answer to. Redford’s character might be someone we haven’t seen
    that is even over that group of people.

  • Jamie Roberts

    But Robert, can you please clarify whether you wanted to do something different?

  • batGRRRl4ever

    Potty mouth!

  • Guest

    But Robert, did you want to do something different?

  • Barney Bucks

    Obviously he’ll be Nick Fury from WWII until he gets critically injured by WS and his brain is transplanted to the Samuel L. Jackson’s body at some point in the film. Or not.

  • JusticeBringer

    He better be confused.

  • whowantstoast

    The Fury Sr. idea is actually a good one – it would bring it right in line with the current universe

  • Blakeastro

    Please be Nick Fury Sr. Please be Nick Fury Sr. Please be Nick Fury Sr. Please be Nick Fury Sr…

  • Puffin Rabbid

    Haha… uh.. what…? Someone’s tinfoil hat is picking up some very confused signals.

  • Puffin Rabbid

    This is my hope as well. Unless maybe he is an older Dum Dum Dugan? Better start growing that ‘stache, Rob!

    In any case, it’s welcome news as Redford is all kinds of awesome. Plus, thematically, the film is to be similar in tone to 1970’s political thrillers… which would include one of my all-time favorites Three Days of the Condor, starring none other than… Robert Redford.

    Getting the parallels, there people…?

  • James Beard

    I think images playing fury in his bio camo. Both 616 and ultimate fury are m own for their use of bio camo.

  • Drew_Melbourne

    That’s my assumption as well. Nick Fury is generally the *Director* of SHIELD, but has to report to some shadowy panel of bureaucrats. It *sounds* like Redford is play the Top Bureaucrat. (Maybe the guy who made the decision to nuke New York in The Avengers.)

  • David Fullam

    Awesome news!

  • Iam Fear

    Robert Redford -wearing an eyepatch and smoking a cigar- walks in the Helicarrier control room, kicks Sam Jackson out the window as he loudly declares “I’M the REAL Nick Fury, bitch!”

  • Dr. No

    Actually, he goes on vacation in Bermuda for two weeks and comes back with a tan.

  • Dr. No

    Uhmm….what the movie when it comes out next year. Can you?

  • LKR

    Not that I really expect it to happen, but why would people have a problem with Redford playing Nick Fury, Sr.? It lines up with the 616 universe if you squint a little.

  • jpbl1976

    Nick Fury Sr. would be great but if Redford were 40 years younger, he would be Captain America. No disrespect to Chris Evans, who has been pretty good as Cap but if a young Robert Redford were available and willing, wouldn’t he HAVE to be Cap?

  • snbrnt

    He’s playing Pierce(according to the mtv news) and Pierce was
    no where close to the “head” of $hield…I loce this cast and it
    is hinting @that 70s type spy/thriller!

  • Mark Gardiner

    Pretty obvious I think that Redford’s doing this to play the bad guy. We know it’s a political thriller, what better than to have Cap, Fury and co find out that their boss is up to no good? Thus by movie’s end Fury is back to where we thought he was already – the head of SHIELD.