Nick Fury has been off the grid since we last saw him in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but Samuel L. Jackson’s one-eyed spymaster will be returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain Marvel.
Marvel Studios hasn’t made an official announcement, but sources close to the movie confirm to EW that Jackson will be making a comeback alongside star Brie Larson, who plays Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who finds herself spliced with alien genetics. (It’s a long story.)
Captain Marvel will be directed by the filmmaking team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, whose other credits include episodes of Billions and The Affair, as well as films like Mississippi Grind and It’s Kind of a Funny Story.
In the comics, Danvers discovers that she has superhuman strength, the power of flight, and the ability to wield concussive force blasts after her body was fused with the DNA from a shapeshifting Kree being. It’s not clear how much of that origin story the film will follow.
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One role that Nick Fury plays in the films is welcoming new heroes into the fold, like recruiting Iron Man, reintroducing un-frozen Captain America to the modern world, and guiding S.H.I.E.L.D. as it grapples with mystical unknowns like Thor.
The rumors of Jackson’s return have been around for a while, but Deadline first confirmed his involvement.
There’s a good chance we will get to see old Nick again before that, if he turns up in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War — along with every other hero from this universe.
Captain Marvel is set for release in March 2019.