Originally Posted by pr0xyt0xin
Okay. Odd that this is even a question, but who thinks Redford is actually playing "Nick Fury"?
That Sam Jackson's Nick Fury is in trouble due to the events of The Avengers and another codename "Nick Fury" is going to (temporarily) take his place?
Why would Redford be "Nick Fury".....?
Redford is playing a character named Pierce. That much is known. He might or might not be a very obscure character from the 1988 "Nick Fury vs. SHIELD" book named Alexander Pierce, but that's just speculation based on circumstantial evidence. Feige has hinted that his role is similar to Fiennes as the New M in Skyfall,
which tends to point to "Pierce" taking over as head of SHIELD, but again: circumstantial evidence and supposition.
In any event, if Pierce takes over SHIELD, there's no reason whatsoever to read anything sinister or dramatic about that. Fury is not the end-all/be-all of SHIELD; he's just the Director. Directors get replaced all the time, and it's extremely rare that this entails anything more than a new guy getting promoted in the old guy's place.
You guys are reading way too much into Pierce's relationship with Nick Fury here. The movie is about Captain America, not Nick Fury. The only important relationship, good or bad, for Pierce will be his interactions with Steve.