Let’s be honest — I think that, overall, we can agree that Jon Favreau has built up an enormous amount of geek goodwill after the rousing success that was Iron Man. He clearly gets it, in terms of comic books and the cinematic adaptations — he’s a fan with the means and the wherewithal to make the kind of comic book movie that we’ve really only seen from him and Christopher Nolan. Which is why the following clip from CanalPlus.fr, a French entertainment site, is so fantastic. It doesn’t really reveal anything new about the story, but it does show us a great deal about the respect that he and The Downey have for the source material, and their interest in, gasp! character development. Particularly interesting is Favreau admitting that he was initially very distrustful of CGI, which is a refreshing change of pace. Anyway, watch and see:
Which is what makes the second piece of news all the more sad. Favreau, after his enormous success with Iron Man and what is almost certain success with its sequel, will not be directing the Avengers movie, which will gather together a series of upcoming movies into one super team concept film — Thor, Captain America (should it ever actually happen), Iron Man, and hopefully Edward Norton’s Incredible Hulk. Alas, Favreau has a full plate, according to Slashfilm, and will be settling for a producer’s role.
They’ll have to [find a different director], because I’m not going to be available. It’s something I’m being the executive producer on, so I’ll definitely have input and a say. It’s going to be hard, because I was so involved in creating the world of Iron Man and Iron Man is very much a tech-based hero, and then with ‘Avengers’ you’re going to be introducing some supernatural aspects because of Thor. How you mix the two of those works very well in the comic books, but it’s going to take a lot of thoughtfulness to make that all work and not blow the reality that we’ve created.”
The Avengers isn’t slated until 2012, so there’s a near-eternity of speculation ahead of us regarding who will be the director. We know that Iron Man (Downey), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) will certainly be appearing — The Hulk is still up in the air, though I desperately hope he’ll make it in (although it received mixed reviews, I actually quite enjoyed Louis Leterrier’s film). Regardless, rumor and speculation will likely continue for a while, and I guarantee that I will be drooling over every second of it.