If Sam Jackson Gets Canned As Next Fury, Is RDJ Next In Line?

You may remember Samuel L. Jackson's super fantastic cameo at the end of Iron Man as the one and only Nick Fury. Rumors are circulating that someone else may play the ex-Howling Commando next time.

Samuel L. Jackson strikes fear into the hearts of all right-thinking people by raising doubts as to whether he'll return as Nick Fury in the Marvel Avengers movie.

Jackson told the LA Times:

There was a huge kind of negotiation that broke down. I don't know. Maybe I won't be Nick Fury. Maybe somebody else will be Nick Fury or maybe Nick Fury won't be in it. There seems to be an economic crisis in the Marvel Comics world so [they're saying to me], 'We're not making that deal.'

Okay, the recession is hard on everyone, even Marvel. And it's possible his trippy turn in The Spirit left a battery-acid taste in people's mouths. But this would be a big mistake. Sure, Jackson may be using the press to puff up the fans and put pressure on the studios, but you know what? It worked.

Listen up guys, put him in the movie. He's an honest fan, who will do a great job. You're going to want an A-list cast in this bigger-than-life-movie, and this is not something to cut corners on. We want to see the beginning of SHIELD and the Avengers Initiative, and we can't do that without him in the next Iron Man. Well, we could, but would we want to?

Either way, if Avengers is supposed to be as big as everyone is hoping, it's going to need a nice long drumroll to get everyone hyped up. So let's involve the big dogs now, please. Stop cutting people who want to be involved and are talented. At this rate, after Terrence Howard getting replaced, we can't help wondering: is Robert Downey Jr. next?