Stephen Lang recently confirmed he will be returning to the screen in the upcoming sequel to the horror hit “Don’t Breathe.” Lang seems to also be angling to be cast in a Marvel Cinematic Universe motion picture. Lang has let it publicly be known he wants to play the original Nick Fury in a movie version of “Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos.”
No, Lang wouldn’t be replacing Samuel L. Jackson. Jackson plays the modern day S.H.I.E.L.D. version of Nick Fury. The Howling Commandos version of Nick Fury deals with adventures during World War II. In the comic books, the background of Nick Fury is a bit convoluted thanks to the existence of different Nick Fury characters existing in different universes. Universes meld together at times to address time and continuity issues. In the movies, however, none of this matters. They could simply explain both men have the same code name. Casting Lang as the Nick Fury of 1943 doesn’t require some lengthy or convoluted explanation.
Why is Lang pushing for a Sgt. Nick Fury WWII movie? “Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos” was one of Lang’s favorite books when he was a youngster. His personal affinity for the old comic acts as the root of his wish to play the character on screen.
Lang’s public commentary makes for interesting reading, but the odds of a WWII Nick Fury movie ever being produced seems a little slim. Marvel Studios does not have any plans for such a film even though the Howling Commandos do exist in the current MCU.
Keep in mind, the original Nick Fury comic was certainly not a superhero title. It was a “war comic.” DC, EC, Marvel and other publishers put out war titles during the 1940’s through the 1960’s. War book ceased to be popular in the 1970’s although a few titles were published from the 1970’s to the present. Marvel Studios probably prefers to stick with hero movies and books and leave combat tales to others.