Jon Favreau Say No To Iron Man 3
Yesterday the news came down the wire that Jon Favreau would not be returning to the Iron Man franchise for the third installment. Seriously, yesterday was just the worst. I mean, this AND Scarlett Johansson breaks up with Ryan Reynolds? I mean O.M.G. guys.
Sorry. That was my attempt to make this blog sound like a blog and I hate myself for it.
Anyhow, J Favs decided that it was best to walk away from the franchise he helped launch for the greener pastures of Disney proper, where he’ll be directing The Magic Kingdom. Speculation seems to be that he doesn’t want to be beholden to Marvel’s over-arching movie plotlines and wants to work on something more in tune with his own sensibilities that he gets to build from the ground up. It’s a respectable move and one that will ultimately be good for Favreau but the effect it will have on Marvel’s franchises is not certain.
Marvel seems hell bent on getting well-known talented directors to helm their projects, sensing the blowback from that Ratner fiasco in the X-Franchise. That’s why we’ve got Branaugh on Thor and Whedon on Avengers. Marvel knows that the people behind the lens inspire faith in the product. Who they’ll get to replace Favreau is anybody’s guess, but considering that they managed to snag Darren Aronofsky for Wolverine II, maybe they’ll get Steven Spielberg or something. Who knows?