UPDATE: And The Hollywood Reporter has the purported shortlist of candidates for Nick Fury’s female “sidekick” — Morena Baccarin, who Avengers director Joss Whedon worked with on Firefly and Serenity; Cobie Smulders, who plays alongside Whedon vet Alyson Hannigan on How I Met Your Mother; Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’s Ramona Flowers; and Cloverfield‘s Jessica Lucas. Speculation is tending towards the role being Janet Van Dyne/The Wasp — Marvel’s not commenting, but we still like our Maria Hill guess.
Original Story: Samuel L. Jackson was ostensibly promoting his HBO movie The Sunset Limited last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, but in the process he let slip quite a few details on his role of Nick Fury in various Marvel Studios projects — including that he’s indeed going to have a role in Thor (despite earlier reports) as well as Captain America: The First Avenger — though neither part has been shot yet, he says — and that in The Avengers he’ll have a female “sidekick, who’s with [him] all the time.” Sharon Carter? Maria Hill? Watch the clip and let the guessing begin: