Jon Favreau has forever positioned his name into the geek hall of fame as one of the key players that allowed the super hero movie franchise to blossom into the powerhouse that it is today. It was his directing work on Iron Man (with a little help from Robert Downey Jr., of course) that drove comic book nerds crazy and lured non-comic lovers into the theaters where they would become forever addicted. And although Iron Man 2 didn’t turn out to be quite as heroic as the first, it still continued the snowball effect that would culminate in The Avengers.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Favreau commented a bit on the success of The Avengers as well as what people might expect from the new Iron Man flick.
About The Avengers and Joss Whedon’s presence as director:
Joss, to be able to pull together, four different characters based on four different sets of films, that shared a lot tonally and they shared some cast-wise, but he had to pull all those things together and make it work, it’s a very high degree of difficulty for him.
…it took a lot of people to pass the baton well, and each director that had been involved with the franchises did their part, but it took Joss to really seal the deal, and clearly it worked out, because the moment seems to continue going.
About the future of Iron Man 3:
…when Downey and Shane get together, interesting and unexpected things happen, and I’m happy to see that it’s taking a bit of a tonal shift from The Avengers…
Shane and Robert definitely have an original point of view and an original take on the character, and I think it delves deeper into what makes Tony Stark tick, and plays on the unexpected original unpredictable quality of the character that I think fans gravitate to.
I’ll be very involved on that one. I’ve already been talking to them and I feel a tremendous connection to that franchise and that character and I’m very proud to see it moving forward in a way that re-enforces that story.
Shane Black has opted to take over directing for Iron Man 3, though Favreau will still be lurking in the shadows as Executive Producer and adding his own flair to the project.
Currently, Favreau has his hands full with the NPC production Revolution, an involvement he says will continue in a producer capacity. One has to wonder though if the super hero fever has infected him and whether he’ll end up returning for another go at some future Marvel Studios project.
Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter for securing the interview.