UPDATE: Favreau explains the situation.

Uh-oh, looks like the rift that has been slowly developing between director Jon Favreau and Marvel is starting to widen, as New York Magazine reports that he will likely not be back to helm Iron Man 3. The report speculates that Favreau was growing frustrated and confused both with Marvel’s short timetables, as well as their desire to force more characters and connections to other Marvel film franchises into the film, citing this quote from a recent MTV interview:

“In theory, Iron Man 3 is going to be a sequel or continuation of Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Avengers,” said Favreau at the time, “This whole world … I have no idea what it is. I don’t think they do either, from conversations I’ve had with those guys.”

Cost may have also played a huge role in the discussions between the two sides as well. Favreau is now a top-line director coming off the success of  Elf and the Iron Man films, and his asking price may have been too steep for Marvel at this crucial stage. It appears as if Marvel is doing all it can to land cheap directors, and low-ball actors’ salaries while locking them into long-term franchise deals, in order to pour all the finances into special effects and other production costs.

The thing that worries me the most about this is the possibility of losing Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, since his contract for future Iron Man films has a director approval clause. His chemistry with Favreau allowed him to create a truly unique character that was cocky and cutthroat, but also vulnerable and funny. Let us hope and pray that Iron Man 3 does not follow in the footsteps of another Marvel property that lost its visionary director and was rushed into a quick cash-in at the box office. *Shudder*


About Jeff Carter

Jeff began his path towards Geek destiny at the age of four, at a drive-in screening of Star Wars. Since then, he's had a love affair with all things nerdy. In the mid to late 90's, Jeff was a staff writer for EchoStation.Com, interviewing Star Wars heavyweights like Timothy Zahn and Drew Struzan. He then went on to review films and write editorial pieces for several blogs in the mid 2000's, wrote and co-created a webcomic strip that ran from 2007-2010, and is currently co-founder of Dead Henchmen Productions, an independent film company based in New England.

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