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Jon Favreau not returning for Iron Man 2?

Should Marvel bring back Jon Favreau for Iron Man 2?

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Posted: Wed, 11th Jun 2008, 8:38am

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The first dark cloud in Iron Man's skies has appeared. After Marvel's near-flawless handling of the superb first film, from the great cast and crew to the perfect marketing, they're on the verge of making a big mistake, one that could come back to haunt them in the years to come.

Rumour has it that they want to fast-track the Iron Man sequel and that they currently have no interest in bringing back director Jon Favreau, with Marvel Studios head honcho David Maisel believing that a follow-up will do big business regardless of who is at the helm.

While that's probably true, a sub-par sequel would also kill any chance of the Marvel Universe properly unfolding on the big screen and would seriously damage the prospect of The Avengers. Brett Ratner's fumbled X-Men 3 might have done well, but is anybody still interested in the franchise?

More as we get it.

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Posted: Wed, 11th Jun 2008, 1:08pm

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Would you really want an Avengers feature film though? Personally I wouldn't. The next 'superhero' ilk movie I am really looking forward to is Watchmen.

As for Ironman 2 without Favreau. It will do big business, 200million just on the back of the first one no matter who directs it (the kids love it). All the studios will now care about is getting it out by Christmas 2009.
Posted: Wed, 11th Jun 2008, 2:00pm

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er-no wrote:

Would you really want an Avengers feature film though?
Yes! Of course I would. It'll be a hugely tricky thing to get right, but I'd love to see them have a go. The idea of the Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America movies all lining up before going into an Avengers movie is hugely exciting - partly because nothing like it has ever been done before.

The next 'superhero' ilk movie I am really looking forward to is Watchmen.
Now that's a terrifying film. Great potential, and I'm really excited about it, but I can't imagine it'll actually work. Fingers crossed, though.

As for Ironman 2 without Favreau. It will do big business, 200million just on the back of the first one no matter who directs it (the kids love it). All the studios will now care about is getting it out by Christmas 2009.
Yeah, that's kinda what I mentioned in the news post. It all depends whether Marvel want a quick buck, followed by the rapid disintegration of the franchise, or whether they have the balls to wait a bit, do it right, and have a franchise (several franchises) that will last literally decades.

So yeah...it's basically gonna be a war of studio executives, with the "now now now!" people versus the "let's have a plan" people.
Posted: Wed, 11th Jun 2008, 2:39pm

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Favreau and, consequentially, all of his choices (including the 'at-the-time' bold casting of RDJ) are what made Iron Man different and all-around an implacably good movie.

If he can't see that and other people can't see it will never be the same without him...........then I dunno.
Posted: Thu, 12th Jun 2008, 5:16am

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I would love to see Favreau back for seconds. However... there are plenty of capable directors out there they could choose from. My biggest complaint about Iron Man was in the direction, really. It was an excellently directed movie, but it didn't feel like a comic book movie to me, it just felt like an action movie. Which I thoroughly enjoyed.

And I thought the film was over-marketed beyond reason. I stopped looking forward to it several weeks before its release, because the hype was so thick.

The bigger question, to me, is who's writing the script? I think that when sequels stink, as they often do, its more often due to the writing than the directing.
Posted: Thu, 12th Jun 2008, 8:14am

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Axeman wrote:

I would love to see Favreau back for seconds. However... there are plenty of capable directors out there they could choose from. My biggest complaint about Iron Man was in the direction, really. It was an excellently directed movie, but it didn't feel like a comic book movie to me, it just felt like an action movie. Which I thoroughly enjoyed.
That's interesting, as I actually felt that Iron Man was pretty much the first comic book movie to actually feel like a comic book. It's fairly bold approach to action, characters and realism all felt like it had popped directly from the pages of Marvel comics.

And I thought the film was over-marketed beyond reason. I stopped looking forward to it several weeks before its release, because the hype was so thick.
Definitely. It was simultaneously the best marketing campaign for years and the worst. It was masterful in getting people into cinemas that knew nothing about Iron Man - after all, he didn't have anything like the mainstream appeal of Spidey, Bats or Supes - but at the same time frustrated existing fans, who had pretty much seen the entire movie by the time it was released.

The bigger question, to me, is who's writing the script? I think that when sequels stink, as they often do, its more often due to the writing than the directing.
Absolutely. However, it's also crucial for the director to have enough time to work on the script and develop it according to his own strengths. The primary concern for me is whether they rush the sequel - whether Favreau returns or not is a secondary worry, but I would definitely like to see him come back. Given that the first films in these series tend to be warm-ups for the real deal in the sequel, I'd love to see what he can do now that he's laid the groundwork.