Jon Favreau Wants to Direct Marvel's Avengers Movie, Too!
Although we're still a good four months away from finally seeing what Jon Favreau has crafted with Iron Man, I'm already confident he pulled it off. Hearing him speak in-person about Iron Man at Comic-Con and seeing everything he's done so far, there's no doubt in my mind that he's made a kick ass comic book movie. Alas, I could be regretting saying that come May, but we have yet to see. Favreau chatted with MTV briefly and spoke to them about Marvel's Avengers movie more than Iron Man, since it's been rumored as a possibility a number of years out. Favreau even goes as far as to say that it's a "a great idea" and that he'd love to direct the movie.
We already posted an article back in November comparing both DC's Justice League movie and Marvel's Avengers movie. The obvious problem with Justice League is that they're jumping ship from using the characters and actors we've come to love, like Christian Bale in the upcoming Dark Knight, and are doing a completely new (and different) story about younger super heroes in the Justice League. However, even Favreau realizes how big of a mistake this is and thankfully confirms that Marvel isn't going to screw up the same way.
"I wonder if the tone of 'The Incredible Hulk' is going to be similar or different than ['Iron Man']," Favreau questioned. "And 'Captain America' is a twinkle in Marvel's eye right now. And 'Thor' and 'Ant Man.'"
"[But] in the case of Marvel they're pretty clear on wanting to do it with the actors who've established the roles or to not do it at all. That's what they've said to me," he continued. "I think it's a good idea if you use the characters established in the other franchises that then come together for an event. I don't think they would do it like they're doing 'Justice League' where it's a whole different set of actors and a whole different take on the world."
Thank goodness someone is smart enough to recognize this! Another reason why I have so much confidence in Favreau. The only issue with doing the Avengers movie this way is that we won't see the movie for another four or more years, considering they've got to make and release Captain America, Thor, and Ant-Man first. Only two of those, Captain America and Thor, are officially slated at the moment, and they're not even expected until 2009 or 2010. But Favreau assures us that it'll be worth the wait, saying "this way not only more impressive and formidable - but more consistent as well."
If Iron Man turns out as good as I'm expecting (crossing my fingers), then having Favreau direct the Avengers movie couldn't be a better decision. I have even higher hopes for this Avengers movie than I do any single comic book movie, which is saying quite a bit. And it sounds like Marvel definitely has this under control, unlike DC with Justice League. Look out for Jon Favreau's Iron Man arriving in theaters on May 2nd.