Jon Favreau Won’t Helm Iron Man 3 (Will Happy Hogan the Chauffeur be OK?)

Director Jon Favreau has confirmed that he will no longer direct the third installment of Iron Man. The director has been regarded as one of the main drivers (no pun intended on his role as Tony Stark’s chauffeur in the series) that brought huge success to the first two Iron Man movies.

Favreau told Marvel Studios about his departure from Iron Man 3 early this week. Part of the reason, he says, is that he is unable to see a clear direction for the next Iron Man flick, which has been made more complicated with the coming of The Avengers movie.

But one thing’s for sure, we have not heard the last of Jon Favreau. As a matter of fact, he will executive produce The Avengers movie scheduled for release in 2012. He will also direct Magic Kingdom, Disney’s new adventure flick based on the popular Disney theme park. If at all, the director is definitely moving up the ladder, from Marvel Entertainment to Marvel’s parent company Disney. Hey, not bad for a guy who started his movie career playing bit roles in indie films.

Comic book fans are also excited about Favreau’s latest film Cowboys & Aliens, the big screen adaptation of the graphic novel of the same title created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley. The movie will hit theaters mid-2011.

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2 thoughts on “Jon Favreau Won’t Helm Iron Man 3 (Will Happy Hogan the Chauffeur be OK?)

  1. I never thought to bring up the Happy Hogan character in my article, good catch. I think that is going to be interesting especially since Happy Hogan ends up being the one that marry’s Pepper Potts, correct? I think its a matter of hard feelings on this and it seems that Marvel and Favreau parted ways civilly but it is a matter of who got scathed more in that compromise. I wonder how much Disney played in that as well, being that they gave Favreau that out with, “hey no Iron Man 3 here is the Magic Kingdom movie we want to you to look at.”

    I wonder if in the end Favreau will play fair and continue the Happy Hogan role regardless, as a good faith sentiment to Disney and Iron Man fans. Or they will not show Happy Hogan and just allude to him throughout the film. I guess we will find out soon.

    Thanks for the linking “fanboyNinja”

    ~ KC

  2. Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for the comment. As a fan of the Iron Man movies, I hope that Favreau reprises his role as Happy Hogan (yes, he eventually marries Pepper Potts). But I think that’s gonna be a long shot at this point. You’re right, in the next film they are most likely to just allude to the character. Again, thanks for your time and have a great weekend.

    With best regards,


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