Even though I don’t think it’s actually going to happen, I should still warn you: potential spoilers for all of the Marvel films ahead.
In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, a lot of movie blogs are writing about a recently released TV spot for Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier that indicates that Nick Fury is going to die. Here it is:
That dialogue and footage makes it seem like Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury doesn’t make it out of this sequel alive. But if you’re a fan of the Marvel films that have been released thus far, you know that death – as is the case with the comic books these movies are based on – is essentially meaningless when it comes to the major players in this universe. Remember how Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson was stabbed through the chest by Loki in The Avengers? Totally dead, right? Not quite – he’s headlining “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” right now. Remember how Tom Hiddleston’s Loki died in Thor: The Dark World? That was sad…for about five minutes, until it was revealed that he was still alive and had taken the form of Anthony Hopkins’ Odin. Remember when Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes fell to his death off a moving train in Captain America: The First Avenger? Tragic…until he comes back as the freaking Winter Soldier in the upcoming sequel.
Sure, Fury might fake his own death. The character has done something similar before – it was a pretty heartless move to fake Coulson’s death just to unite The Avengers – but don’t think for one minute that he’s going to stay dead. The main reason? Unless Jackson has decided to skip out on his nine-movie deal with Marvel Studios, The Winter Soldier will only be the sixth film in that deal. We’re going to be seeing him don that trenchcoat and eye patch for at least a couple more years to come.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters on April 4th, 2014.
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