The Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown to become a global phenomenon and one of the greatest franchises in the history of cinema. Nowadays, it’s almost expected that whatever film Marvel is producing under their Marvel Studios banner will become a certified hit. But this was not always the case. There was a time (pre-2008) where anything Marvel related could be seen as a gamble. That all changed in a movie called Iron Man. Iron Man was the initial movie for this universe-building film and it needed to be perfect. The film needed to have the perfect lead (Robert Downey Jr.), and more importantly, it needed the perfect director to helm this risky film. The director Kevin Feige chose was Jon Favreau. At that time, Favreau was an accomplished actor but did not have an extensive directing resume. Favreau also wanted a risky actor to play Tony Stark, which was not a popular choice at the time. Needless to say, the gamble of both Favreau and Downey Jr. paid off, and the film exceeded all expectations and helped drive the Marvel machine to soaring numbers, more than $500 million worldwide box office. Favreau proceeded to direct for Iron Man 2 and executive produced many films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as many other film and television projects. Recently Favreau directed and produced The Jungle Book which is also exceeding numbers after its first weekend at the box office. With the success of Jungle Book (and its inevitable sequel already greenlight), many speculated if he would return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or would he continue other projects on his own.
While promoting The Jungle Book, Favreau confirmed that he will continue producing Marvel Studios films as well, and will serve as executive producer for Avengers: Infinity War.
“I’m going to be executive producing the Avengers films with the Russo brothers, which I’m very excited about,”
While The Russo Brothers will serve as the directors, Favreau will serve as an executive producer and collaborate with the directing duo for the epic two part film event that will serve as the backend for Phase 3. Favreau has nothing but praise for the directing duo.
“I talk to them about it all the time. I’ve worked both in front of and behind the camera with Marvel and I really love what they’re doing right now.
It’s a really exciting time to be over there. I’ve seen a rough cut of Civil War and it’s fantastic.
We’re constantly looking for things to do together. And now I’m freed up.”
Now that he’s freed up, it’s a great time for him to come back on Team Marvel, and his involvement in Avengers: Infinity War can only help make the film even better. No word on if we’ll be seeing his fan-favorite character Happy Hogan, who Favreau played as in the film. One can hope.
Source: Digital Spy