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Earlier, we reported a rumor that Jon Favreau would be leaving the Iron Man franchise because of money issues and  lack of cohesiveness with Marvel Studios. While the quest for more money in dispute of studio persnickety is false, Favreau (sonabitch, I can never spell this fuckers name.. always gotta look) is in fact leaving the man of iron for greener pastures.

On his Twitter, Favreau said “It’s true, I’m directing Magic Kingdom, not Iron Man 3. I’ve had a great run with Marvel and wish them the best.”

This cannot be true. My heart is breaking into a million pieces!!! (Maybe a mini-arc reactor implant to fix it???)

*Sigh* Sadly it is true.

In an interview with Los Angeles Times writer Geoff Boucher, Favreau said the rumored reasons why he’s leaving Iron Man are inaccurate. He’s still a producer on The Avengers and remains friendly with Marvel main man Kevin Feige. His main reason for leaving was to “find something that lights a fire” inside of him and also something that will “blow people away, which is easier to do with a project that isn’t loaded with built-in expectations.” So, basically, he wants some new toys to play with. He thinks of the departure as more of a “graduation” rather than “divorce.”

Marvel and I both came of age together. The years that we shared were a pivotal experience. Kevin has a firm grasp on the many franchises and how they all interweave and I am happy that I had the opportunity to establish the world that these characters can now play in…. ‘Iron Man’ has given me tremendous opportunities and Kevin and I are enjoying a lot of momentum in our careers thanks to the ‘Iron Man’ films. I look forward to seeing what others can do playing in the same world.

Eh, he left on his own accord, not because of all those Money speculations. Directors have left franchises before and this is no different. He wants to branch out and not be known for being the man behind Iron Man. Can we really blame him for that?  Besides a fresh take on Iron man will be great. Is Duncan Jones or Neil Blomkamp doing anything?

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