Favreau returns

Posted by · 12:35 pm · July 10th, 2008

Jon FavreauSo according to Deadline Hollywood Daily, Jon Favreau is officially directing “Iron Man 2.”

While I may not have been as gung-ho for “Iron Man” as most, I’m more than glad to see him come back. The first film, to me, felt like a good movie begging for a great sequel, and I think the same could be said of Favreau as a director. He’s been improving from picture to picture and I think “Iron Man 2” could be the moment where he really comes into his own as a filmmaker.

With “Iron Man” currently the highest grossing film of the year (probably just for a few more days until “Crystal Skull” finally overtakes it) and Robert Downey Jr. undeniably becoming the A-lister we all knew he could (and should) be, it was simply ignorant of Marvel to think they could get away with anyone but Favreau in the director’s chair.

I’m wondering when Marvel will start moving the pieces more definitively in place for the rest of the inevitable “Avengers” flick. Edgar Wright is the only confirmed director (for “Ant-Man,” which he’ll go into post-“Scott Pilgrim,” and which I’d guess Marvel will want to throw into “The Avengers” just for gluttony’s sake).  But for anything beyond “Iron Man 2,” I think we’ll be hearing announcements in the coming months, specifically at Comic-Con.

On a side note, it looks like “The Incredible Hulk” will narrowly sneak past “Hulk” at the box office some time this month. I’m guessing that’s probably not good enough for another sequel

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  • 1 7-10-2008 at 1:38 pm

    Proman said...

    I wasn’t too crazy for the movie either but I think they’ve made the right decision that will ultimately pay off for them in spades.

    This also reminds me how dissapointed I am that Martin Campbell isn’t helming “Quantum of Solace”. Sometimes changing horses just doesn’t make sense.

  • 2 7-10-2008 at 2:11 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    But that Quantum trailer looks bad…ass…

  • 3 7-10-2008 at 2:29 pm

    Brian Kinsley said...

    I liked the first “Quantum of Solace” trailer better, when it was called “The Bourne Ultimatum”.

  • 4 7-10-2008 at 2:50 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    I recently watched the Sopranos episode in which he guest stars. Really funny stuff there.

    Anyhow, I was seriously worried when those reports of him not returning were surfacing some while ago. Glad to see he’ll be back.

  • 5 7-10-2008 at 9:07 pm

    Liz said...

    I don’t believe for a second that they ever seriously considered a different director. Iron Man is his baby. Flawed, yes, but a great film that has the potential for a great sequel.

  • 6 7-11-2008 at 12:40 am

    Brian Kinsley said...

    VERY MUCH believe they were looking at different directors. They had Downey Jr. and cast locked in, Favreau was unhappy about the start date, probably asked for a significant payhike…

  • 7 7-11-2008 at 12:41 am

    Brian Kinsley said...

    Case in point – Bryan Singer -> Matt Vaughn -> Brett Ratner. Release date > director.

    It’s a sad, sad world sometimes.

  • 8 7-11-2008 at 9:44 pm

    Proman said...

    Brian, it’s not just the release date. It’s the feasibility.

    And your Singer to Ratner “evolution” doesn’t apply here. Singer jumped ship long before Fox executives started interfering.

  • 9 11-30-2012 at 12:24 am

    Dominik said...

    I loved it. It has excellent pefrcrmanoes & direction and had the overall fun aspect that seems to be missing from other recent comic book adaptations.I really enjoyed Batman Begins and Superman Returns a few summers ago, They were well made, exciting, and dramatic. But my one problem with both films is that aspect of fun. It’s non-existent. The overall tone of those films is so dour that repeated viewings are a bit of a chore. And then the Fantastic Four films came out and went in the other direction too much. They are just so cheesy and dumb. A waste of some great characters.I think Iron Man got back to the tone of the first two Superman films w/Christopher Reeve and really balanced the dramatic and comedic perfectly. Can’t wait to see it again.