Samuel L. Jackson has been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the very beginning. He brought together Earth's Mightiest Heroes and almost died in an assassination attempt, but he bounced back. The last time we saw him was in Avengers: Age of Ultron and the next time we see him in the MCU will be in Avengers: Infinity War.
For some reason, Marvel and director Ryan Coogler didn't find a place for him the Black Panther movie that's currently in production, and Jackson is kinda frustrated about that. The actor was recently a guest on Sirius XM to promote his next film Kong: Skull Island with fellow Marvel actors Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Brie Larson (Captain Marvel). When the subject of Black Panther came up Jackson vented his frustration about not being in it:
"I can't go to Wakanda, for some reason. I'm the only black character you've got in the Marvel universe right now, now for some reason when you do a black Marvel movie, I can't show up in Wakanda? Okay, fine. I'll meet him later."
It sounds like he's feeling a little left out, which is completely understandable. At the same time, if they couldn't figure out a proper way to include him that would progress the story, that's understandable as well. I assume that's the reason why Marvel didn't invite him to the Black Panther movie party. But it does seem like there could've been a way to include him.
The movie boasts an impressive cast of actors that includes Chadwick Bosman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, and Sterling K. Brown (This is Us). That's a cast any actor would want work with and be a part of!
It'll be interesting to see how the role of Nick Fury will evolve and play out as the MCU continues. I don't know how much longer Jackson plans on playing him, but when he does eventually retire from the role I wonder how Marvel will handle it.
Black Panther is set to hit theaters on February 16th, 2018.