Stan Lee Thinks Samuel L. Jackson Should Play Nick Fury Angrier

by Jamie Lovett

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury

Stan Lee was present at this past weekend’s C2E2 convention for a special spotlight panel. During the panel, he was asked some questions about S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

He recalled what S.H.I.E.L.D. originally stood for – Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division – and said he wasn’t really sure why they changed it. He then brought up another thing that bothered him: how Samuel L. Jackson plays Nick Fury.

“Sam Jackson can do the best angry, tough guy you could imagine,” said Lee, “and every time I see him in the movie he’s so quiet and soft and I’m waiting for him to get excited and yell at people and he never does. So I don’t know why they don’t make him more like I picture him being.”

Stan Lee co-created Nick Fury with Jack Kirby in 1963’s Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #1. Jackson has played Nick Fury since the Marvel Cinematic Universe started in Iron Man. Fury’s character in the comics is known as a grizzled, no-nonsense war vet. Apparently Stan Lee doesn’t feel that Jackson’s understated performance conveys the characters presence well enough.