He may be a high-ranking officer of S.H.I.E.L.D., but Samuel L. Jackson isn't very good at keeping insider secrets.
The man known to Marvel fans as Nick Fury gave all Wall Street Journal readers a security clearance (probably much to Marvel's dismay) when he let slip that Elizabeth Olsen has indeed joined the cast of one of the most highly anticipated movie sequels of all time, "Marvel's The Avengers: The Age of Ultron."
Jackson, who made a cameo appearance as Fury in this week's episode of NBC's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," mentioned Olsen's involvement when asked about the status of Joss Whedon's highly guarded comic book epic.
"I know we're shooting in London, that James Spader is Ultron and going to be the bad guy, and that we added Ms. [Elizabeth] Olsen, but I don’t know what she's doing, if she's on the inside or the outside," said Jackson. "I haven’t seen a script."
Olsen, who burst onto the scene with her harrowing performance in "Martha Marcy May Marlene" (2011), had been rumored for a role in the "Avengers" sequel, with many speculating that she'll be playing the Scarlet Witch, one half of the "brother-sister act" that Whedon first mentioned at the premiere of "Iron Man Three."
Twin siblings Pietro Maximoff, aka Quicksilver, and Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch, made their comics debut in "X-Men" #4 (March 1964). As the offspring of Magneto, they were portrayed as bad guys for a few issues before joining the Avengers in "Avengers" #16 (May 1965). Scarlet Witch has the ability to manipulate probability and reality via her "hexes," which usually manifest as cool-looking "hex bolts" or "hex spheres," while Quicksilver is able to move and think at super-sonic speeds.
This isn't the first time that Samuel L. Jackson has dropped a Marvel-related scoop, however nonchalantly. At the press conference for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" at this summer's San Diego Comic-Con, Jackson mentioned that the upcoming political thriller will feature an interesting new character arc for Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).
"She might have something of a 'whistleblower' in her future," said Jackson, to which the Captain himself, Chris Evans, responded with a playfully incredulous "SAM!" and told him to shush.
Before we supposedly see them together in "Avengers 2," Jackson and Olsen will appear together in Spike Lee's "Oldboy," which opens on November 27. "Marvel's The Avengers: The Age of Ultron" will commence with production next spring with a likely release date of May 1, 2015.
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