This is a sad, sad day for me. I came across an article in the LATimes where actor Samuel L. Jackson debunks some rumors regarding his role as Nick Fury in The Avengers movie. Jackson made a cameo at the end of Iron Man as Fury, an agent from the ultra secret organization S.H.I.E.L.D. When speaking about his character’s return for any future Marvel films, Jackson didn’t sound too optimistic.

More on Fury after the jump.

There was a huge kind of negotiation that broke down. I don’t know. Maybe I won’t be Nick Fury. Maybe somebody else will be Nick Fury or maybe Nick Fury won’t be in it. There seems to be an economic crisis in the Marvel Comics world so [they're saying to me], ‘We’re not making that deal.’”

I called Marvel Comics and they gave me a statement that suggested that they still want to see Jackson wearing the eyepatch. “Marvel does not comment on active negotiations,” was the boilerplate response, but there was that emphasis on the word “active” in the voice of the spokesman who phoned me back.

This is just all kinds of wrong. How can Jackson not be a part of the Avengers movie? It doesn’t make any sense. What burns the most, is that when  Marvel created their Ultimate Universe, the Nick Fury character was redrawn and modeled after Samuel L. Jackson. What happened here?

Do you think the Avengers movie can stay true to the comic, without the Nick Fury character?