Samuel L. Jackson Is The Ultimate Nick Fury MCU Writer

Like so many Marvel-related things, it all started in the Ultimate Universe. In issue 4 of The Ultimates, the members of the team each chose a film adaptation of their lives. Asked about his choice, Fury replies, “Mr. Samuel L. Jackson, of course. The line, written by Mark Millar, referenced the fact that cartoonist Bryan Hitch used Jackson as inspiration for this new take on the Director of SHIELD.

Appropriately, Hitch’s designs helped Jackson get cast as Nick Fury for Iron Man in 2008, taking the place of David Hasselhoff, who played the character in a 1998 TV movie. It’s even more fitting that Jackson took it upon himself to develop the character’s live-action appearances.

In an interview with Collider, Jackson revealed that he was largely in control of Fury’s lines. “I’ve been doing Nick Fury for so long, I know what he looks like and I know how he thinks and how he feels,” Jackson insisted. “If the writer is a fan of that sort of thing – the superhero genre – he knows how to do it.” So when working with a screenwriter who understands comics, Jackson has no problem.

But Jackson goes on to admit that he encounters scripts that don’t have the right tone. “The writer knows what he wants to say, but he hasn’t said it, so let me help you out,” Jackson explains. He will then return to see the director and unpack his reasoning. “Listen, I know you wrote this, but that’s a better way to say this as Nick Fury,” Jackson told his directors.