To quote Senator Clay Davis from The Wire, "Sheeeeeit!"
A 9-picture deal, playing the same character in each one? Why not? It's money in the bank, right? Besides, it doesn't necessarily mean that the character will be prominently featured in each installment; for example, his tail-end cameo surprise in last year's Iron Man... something as brief as that could account for 1 of the 9.
Interesting though... I wonder how much the deal is worth.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Samuel L. Jackson is Marvel's man.
The actor, who just weeks ago was seemingly on the outs with the studio over reprising his role as Nick Fury, agent of spy outfit S.H.I.E.L.D., has signed an unprecedented nine-picture deal to play the character in a series of Marvel movies.
The movies include "Iron Man 2," "Thor," "Captain America," "The Avengers" and its sequels.
Also on the table is the possibility of toplining a "S.H.I.E.L.D." movie, which is in development.
The actor, repped by ICM and Anonymous Content, made a surprise appearance as Fury at the end of the first "Iron Man," throwing geeks into a tizzy and showing the first glimpse of Marvel's plan to link all their slate of movies into one filmic universe.
Jackson and Fury were expected to be part of the sequel, but as Marvel negotiated with its cast, deals proved hard to come by. Terrence Howard was replaced by Don Cheadle. Mickey Rourke still doesn't have a deal for the part of a villain despite almost two months of negotiations.