Iron Man 2 – Jon Favreau WILL Return to Direct


After months of speculation, Marvel Studios has locked in Jon Favreau to direct the sequel to the critical and commercial megasmash Iron Man.

For those who do not know the story of Iron Man – wait, who didn’t go see Iron Man? – it’s about weapons magnate Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr). After being kidnapped by terrorists using his own weapons, Stark builds an iron suit to escape and eventually to fight the evil that he unwittingly created. And, it was good.

Favreau’s Iron Man has been one of the biggest and best success stories of the year. Just think of all the risks it took on: It was based on a lesser known comic book character (compared to Spiderman, Batman etc); it was the first make-or-break film for a brand new studio; it starred a barely insurable lead with a history of drug-abuse; Jeff Bridges shaved his head.

Bad Acting—————- Good Acting

And where did it get them: A worldwide gross of over $560 million and a ranking of #163 on IMDB’s top 250 films of all time (the 2nd highest ranking film of 2008, after Wall-E).

Iron Man was one of the few superhero films to be loved by critics, crowds and the comic’s original fans. A lot of this should be credited to Favreau, who maintained a comedic tone alongside genuine action, excitement and … well, awesomeness.

But then, Marvel suddenly announced that Iron Man 2 would be released in May, 2010 – without telling Favreau. And everyone freaked out. Would Marvel really go on without the director that gave them such a great film in the first place?

Well, no, it seems. But it was touch and go for awhile. Favreau has officially signed on, with a (well-deserved) pay bump. Downey Jnr is slated to return as The Man, as is Terrence Howard (who we are likely to see turn into War Machine this time around) and Gwyneth Paltrow as Tony Stark’s loyal assistant Pepper Potts.

The big question remains – can Favreau bring us a second Iron Man film (remember, there is no script) in less than two years? All the great superhero sequels (Dark Knight, Spiderman 2, X-Men 2) came 3 years after their predecessor. However, if Iron Man 2 comes out in 2011 instead of 2010, what will happen to The Avengers film, already slated for 2011. That one has already been promoted WITHIN Marvel’s Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk (via the awesome Samuel L. Jackson cameo in the first, and the killer Downey Jnr. cameo in the latter).

In my opinion, Favreau will have to put his foot down and keep Marvel from trying to ruin their own (possibly short-lived) legacy. They’re announcing more and more films, without directors, casts or even scripts. Hopefully, by pulling Favreau back on board, Iron Man 2 will be more like Superman 2, and less like Elektra (shudder).

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One Response to “Iron Man 2 – Jon Favreau WILL Return to Direct”

  1. This is great news, I read earlier today morning that Favreau is making the return into Iron Man 2, if Iron Man movie is any indication, I think the 2nd one will be amazing. Cannot wait until the dark knight comes out either.

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