Why badass Samuel L. Jackson says Avengers is his film

Listen up, motherf--kers: Samuel L. Jackson—who has had cameos as Nick Fury, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., in Iron Man and other Marvel movies—says that the upcoming Avengers movie will really be his story, and he hints he'll make an appearance in the upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger but not Thor.

In the Marvel world, Fury is the agent who brings together all the major superheroes to form the Avengers. Jackson has roles in the upcoming Iron Man 2 and other upcoming Marvel movies.

"The Avengers is my own starring vehicle for that character, pretty much," Jackson said in a group interview on Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he was promoting the drama Mother and Child (which happens to open the same day as Iron Man 2, May 7).

The Avengers is confirmed to unite Iron Man, Thor and Captain America, along with other Marvel heroes, in one movie. Jackson is psyched to lead the pack next year. Joss Whedon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Serenity is reportedly in talks to direct. Jackson teased fanboy (and girl) reporters who are eagerly anticipating the film.

"It's not that far away," he said. "It's [starting production in] February. Is that far away for you? What are you, 12, that you can't wait till next year? Come on, February. It's just February. I got time to get in shape and everything."

Plus, there's a few more movies to tide us over until then. "I got started on it when I did the end of Iron Man 1," Jackson said. "My foot was on the path. Now my foot's a little deeper on the path because we've got Iron Man 2. I'm not in Thor. Supposed to do Captain America this summer in London."

Yeah, what about that one in the middle? Don't they need Nick Fury to recruit Thor at some point in that movie? "I have no idea," Jackson said. "I'm not in charge of making those decisions. I thought I was [in it]. They said I was in the trades, and I was like, 'Ooh, I got a job!' I called my agent, she said, 'Nah, you're not in it. They misprinted.' I was like, 'Well, s--t, they need to pay me just because they put my name in it.'"

Jackson was also supposed to fly to London for the premiere of Iron Man 2, but the ash cloud from that Iceland volcano has forced Paramount to cancel the London premiere and move it to Los Angeles.

"Actually, I had a plan to go to London, because I had two suits I needed to pick up," Jackson said. "So I was looking forward to getting there so I could pick up my suits and go to this West Indian restaurant that I really like. So I'm sort of bummed I won't be there. But I just got out of there. I left Paris last Wednesday just as the volcano was erupting. So we were flying it as it was happening. We got out before they shut everything down, or I wouldn't be here today."

Thor is coming to theaters May 6, 2011; Captain America is slated for release on July 22, 2011; and The Avengers is scheduled for release May 4, 2012.

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