Marvel can't afford Samuel L. Jackson?

At the end of Iron Man, after all the credits, I got to see Samuel L. Jackson (i.e., genuine badass) as Nick Fury offer a deal to Tony Stark. My cheers were lost amidst the cheers of everyone else in the audience, but regardless I was overjoyed to see him in that role. The Los Angeles Times want to take that joy away from me. Not them specifically, but an apparent shortage of cash over at Marvel. Jackson told the LA Times in an interview that he may not be brought on again as Nick Fury. "I saw 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. 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.'" Yipes. I can understand from Marvel's perspective how paying someone like Jackson to play Nick Fury could be taxing in an Avengers film. In that film, you'd have Robert Downey, Jr., Edward Norton, the actors playing Thor and Captain America and then some of the secondary characters from their respective movies. That's a lot of money tied up in actors that could take away from the actual movie itself, and Marvel may need to seek some extra financing. And there's been rumors in the past about money stopping Marvel from signing people, such as Jon Favreau and of course Terence Howard not getting paid. But they can't make an Avengers movie without Nick Fury, and now that they've hinted us that Jackson is Nick Fury, well, you can't go back from that. One thing I'm sure of is that an Avengers film would be an epic movie that would gross tons and tons of movie. Maybe not as much as The Dark Knight, but I would hazard to guess that it would be one of the highest grossing comic films of all time if its done well. Hopefully the directors of each movie will get together and joint direct, and everyone will be happy to give us the Avengers movie we all want. Marvel can't afford Samuel L. Jackson