When Black Panther arrived in theaters, many were wondering where one of Marvel's prominent black characters, Nick Fury, would fit into all of it. Turns out he didn't.
In an interview with Samuel L. Jackson, Ellen brought it up. "It's a great movie but I couldn't believe that you weren't in it," she said. "I couldn't either," he quipped back with a laugh.
It turns out the famed actor, who was celebrating his 10th appearance on Ellen, did ask whether or not he'd be in the film, but it never happened. "When they were making it I kept saying, 'So when do I go to Wakanda?'" he said. '"Can I just walk down the street in Wakanda so they know that I know it's there?' I know it's there. I mean, Nick Fury knows every black thing that's on the planet so he's gotta know about Wakanda. But I wish I had been there."
But there are no hard feelings. Jackson is still "really really pleased with the success of the film and how it worked out." And now that there's a sequel confirmed to be underway, he has high hopes for the future. "Eventually, I may end up in Wakanda," he said.
Jackson made similar remarks in early 2017. On Sirius XM with fellow MCU-ers Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson, he reportedly said, "It’s like, ‘I’m the only black person that you’ve got in the Marvel Universe right now. All of a sudden when you do the black Marvel movie, I can’t show up in Wakanda?’ OK fine, I’ll meet him later. I’ll meet him somewhere. How can Nick Fury not know Black Panther?”
If Jackson does make it to the Panther-verse, he may not be the only marquee performer coming aboard. Donald Glover was reportedly in talks to join the film's sequel. However, it likely won't happen, especially with Glover's busy schedule. Although it would be really cool if Glover was a Wakandan war dog who infiltrates S.H.I.E.L.D. But we're just spit-balling here...