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.