But he's looking to stick around the MCU.

By Jonathon Dornbush
Updated June 04, 2015 at 03:33 PM EDT
Credit: Zade Rosenthal

The cast reveal for Captain America: Civil War included many of the major players from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury was one of a few notable absences. Now we have word from the man himself that Fury is not currently slated to appear in the film—but he could have.

Speaking with IGN, Jackson explained that directors Joe and Anthony Russo had told the actor he was set to be in the upcoming Marvel film, but for reasons unknown to him, Jackson was left out of the ensemble cast.

“I was surprised I wasn’t in Civil War, because the Russo Brothers told me I was,” Jackson told IGN. “I don’t know what’s going on.”

But Fury’s absence appears to have nothing to do with Jackson growing tired of the role. Far from it—he’s actually hoping to prolong his stay in the MCU.

“I’m looking for a contract extension right now, yeah. I’m looking to re-up,” Jackson said in a separate interview with Collider.

Of course, there’s still some time for Jackson to sneak in a cameo if the Russo brothers deem it necessary for Civil War. But the film will be full of Marvel’s biggest heroes, including plenty of returning names like Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and, of course, Chris Evans, as well as newcomers like Chadwick Boseman, who is set to debut as Black Panther in the film.

Captain America: Civil War, which is currently filming, will arrive on May 6, 2016.

Captain America: Civil War

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 146 minutes
  • Anthony and Joe Russo