In an exclusive interview with the LA Times, Mr. Jackson has stated that it's possible he may not be Nick Fury in the future Marvel movies.
"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."I'm not really sure how I feel about this. It's bad enough that Rhodey is going to be replaced. I understand that sometimes things happen. Maybe it'd be better if he was just left out if they don't want to go with him. As the article mentions, this could be a negotiating tactic on Jackson's part. Get the fans to cry out and demand he returns. I guess what it comes down to is I could almost take him or leave him being in the movie. Nick Fury has become an important part of the Marvel Universe but I don't think he's essential. The same could be with the Marvel Movie universe. They could write it however they want. Nick Fury didn't create the Avengers in the comics so he doesn't have to in the movies. It'd be nice to have him part of it. I hope something does get worked out but if not, I'm sure the movies will still be great.
"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.'"