Over the course of the current Marvel film series—dating all the way back to Iron Man—the studio has been planting the seeds for S.H.I.E.L.D., a la Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) popping up in various cameos. It's all been leading to The Avengers, and Jackson said all those cameos throughout the years helped set the stage to make S.H.I.E.L.D. a believable, organic initiative.
"We do know that his organization is a real organization. His paranoia is not paranoia but a real founded fear," Jackson said.
Apparently, Fury spends part of The Avengers butting heads with his higher-ups, trying to prove the Avengers Initiative is a good, necessary idea.
"There is a need for the Avengers Initiative, and that [puts him] at odds with the powers that be," Jackson said. "Which we assume anyway, because he bucks against the system in an interesting way."
The Avengers fleshes out S.H.I.E.L.D. so much, in fact, that Jackson said he believes a standalone film based on the agency could work and open up a very different vibe from the current Marvel films.
"Natasha [Scarlett Johansson] is part of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawkeye [Jeremy Renner] is part of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I couldn't do a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie without those two people. They're essential elements of what's there," he said. "I don't know how much of S.H.I.E.L.D. [Marvel] want[s] to expose ... I mean, we're not superheroes. We're more of a shadow world. So, it would be more like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with good toys—closer to a Bond movie than a superhero movie."
Check out Jackson's interview below:
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