Horrible news, fancymen! Samuel L. Jackson, who ROCKed it a the end of Iron Man with his Nick Fury cameo, setting the stage for a unified Marvel Film Universe may not be in the role. Hell, the role might not even exist.

Blame the economy, blame Sam Jackson, and the whole time hope it’s not true…

From LA Times Blog:

“I saw [’Iron Man’ and ‘Iron Man 2′ director] Jon Favreau at the Scream Awards and we had a conversation. He said, ‘I hope things are working out for you because we’re writing stuff for you.’ Then all of a sudden last week I talked to my agents and manager and things aren’t really working that well.”

Jackson might just have been taking a public position that could lead to a bigger payday (it certainly wouldn’t be the first time a Hollywood star used an interview as a negotiating tactic) but he seemed especially sour on the whole the topic of working with Marvel …

“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'm sick and tired of Marvel replacing actors. I didn't see this coming and I don't think the all time great movie whore Sam Jackson is going to appreciate this. Marvel is staying pretty mum on the whole subject, except to say that negotiations are ongoing, and they won’t comment on them.