Jon Favreau is directing Iron Man 3 NO MORE

Jon Favreau, the director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2, will not helm the third instalment in the blockbuster Marvel comic franchise. The news was first reported by Vulture and later confirmed by Deadline.

On the one hand, the news is not unexpected. Earlier this week Favreau revealed (rather ambivalently) that he had “no idea” what Iron Man 3 was going to be, the result of the messy, overlapping world being created by Marvel in films such as Thor, Captain America and The Avengers. These comments echoed similar ones he made back in May.

And of course, who could forget the brief period in June 2008, when it was rumoured that the famously stingy Marvel were refusing to meet Favreau’s pay demands for Iron Man 2, and it looked as if the director of their first hit film would not return for the sequel.

Favreau’s tumultuous history with Marvel aside, it’s still rather shocking for a director to walk away from a blockbuster franchise. Although Marvel will call in a talented ringer, you can’t underestimate Favreau’s influence on this saga; his reliance on physical special effects over CG, his trust in star Robert Downey Jr., his grasp on comic timing. It is unknown whether Favreau’s departure is for creative or financial reasons (although Vulture’s insiders suspect both).

Still, Favreau is set to direct Magic Kingdom for Disney (who own Marvel), and will continue to executive produce Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. It’s unknown if Favreau will return to play Tony Stark/Iron Man’s bodyguard Happy in Iron Man 3. Probably not.

Thanks for the memories Favreau. We liked Iron Man 2.

Discuss: Which director could fill Favreau’s shoes?

One Response to “Jon Favreau is directing Iron Man 3 NO MORE”

  1. I was so sad when I heard he wasn’t going to come back to the director’s chair but at least he is still somewhat involved. Hopefully it won’t affect the movie too much.

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