Jon Favreau Wants to Direct Marvel's Avengers Movie, Too!

January 4, 2008
Source: MTV

Marvel's Avengers

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.

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I saw this and I am really happy with it as longs as Iron Man keeps going the way it is going.

Stephen on Jan 4, 2008


Looks like there's no stopping the comic book superhero movies, but seriously, shouldn't Favreau wait and see how his Iron Man goes down with audiences first?

avoidz on Jan 4, 2008


Very bold for Favreau to want to direct the "Avengers" flick. "Iron Man" looks as though it will actually rival "The Dark Knight"! But, let's wait and see how that pans out!

Spider on Jan 4, 2008


It just clicked! Wasn't he in an episode of "My Name is Earl"?! He played a real sonofabitch boss at a fast food restaurant, right? He he, anyway, Iron Man is easily in my top ten must see at the moment.

Nathan on Jan 6, 2008


I'm agreeing with this article... the justice league movie would be ackward and really bad with other people in it

Kevin on Jan 17, 2008


I liked how Ironman came out, some things did not follow the comics, like how he put on his suit but over all it was a great movie, I think Robert did a great job as the lead roll in the movie and look forward to seeing him in Ironman 2. The only thing that I would like to see when they make the Avengers movie is bring in the Vision. Of all the marvel heros, the Vision was my all time favorite.

Rick on Jun 15, 2008


After how Iron Man did, how can they say no?

PlanetComicBookRadio on Jun 18, 2008


I love the idea so far about the other marvel movies coming soon to theaters, like iron man2, thor, ant man, and capton america. It's just the fact of the hulk who is know dougt the ultimate force behind marvels universe, with fact that the madder he gets the stronger. There is no level to his being and can even smash superman with his hands tide behind his back is not the main character of avengers movie do to come. I mean come on he is the founder of the avengers theirfor he should be the main focus of the avengers.

Robert Williams on Jun 20, 2008


i will see the avengres with robert downey jr. as iron man don cheadle as war machine chris hemsworth as thor simon pegg as ant-man john cena as captain america edward norton as bruce banner// the incredible hulk scarlett johasson as black widow samuel l. jackson as nick fury i will see the avengres in theatres may 7th 2012 see ya

andries price on Aug 2, 2009

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