Jon Favreau Exits Iron Man 3

Jon Favreau Exits Iron Man 3

Rumours and reports are circulating informing us that Jon Favreau is no longer attached to direct the next sequel in the Iron Man franchise which stars Robert Downy Jnr. Favreau reportedly informed Marvel Studios of this decision earlier in the week, with speculation that the reason may include creative uncertainties about the direction ‘Iron Man 3’ will need to take to reside within the context of the Marvel series of films set in the Avengers universe.

The first two films in the franchise have both been financial successes and are generally well regarded in the fan community. Released in 2008 the first Iron Man film grossed approximately $580 million (USD) world wide, while the second film released early this year grossed approximated $620 million (USD).

The second film was very much opened up to the wider universe within which it exists introducing Black Widow, increased involvement from Nick Fury and with obvious reference to Captain America. It would seem a natural progression that as the other films in the Marvel story arc roll out over the next few years the links between all the films will be strengthened with plot points crossing between them.

It’s disappointing that ‘Favreau’ is not likely to continue as director in the franchise, continuity in creative team assists with onscreen continuity and his efforts so far have resulted in a great start to the Avenger series of films. Having said that it’s also a good outcome that the franchise will continue despite new creative influences that will need to be brought in, unlike the Spiderman franchise which is being rebooted so quickly after it started, Iron Man will continue in his current form and I for one am looking forward to seeing where things go from here.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.