Has Jon Favreau Bailed on Iron Man 3? Say It Ain’t So, Jon! (UPDATED)


Update: Favreau has made it official and confirmed to the LATimes, as well as through Twitter, that he will NOT be directing “Iron Man 3″. He will, instead, put his focus on Disney’s “The Magic Kingdom”, based on the theme park ride.

–Original Post Below–

An “Iron Man” movie without Jon Favreau behind the camera? Man, that would be very, very weird. But I suppose as long as Robert Downey Jr. is willing to suit up as ol Shellhead, Marvel Studios could probably pull it off. In any case, the current going rumor hails from Vulture, who quotes “insiders” as telling them that Favreau, who directed the first two “Iron Man” movies, has voluntarily bailed from the third installment. Sort of.

It’s unclear whether the impasse was financial or creative or both. One informed source hears that he was frustrated with Marvel’s urge to stuff more of their in-house heroes into the next film in the wake of The Avengers.

Favreau has already stated his confusion over what it is exactly Marvel wants to do with their characters, especially with Iron Man via “The Avengers”.

Vulture goes on to speculate if Favreau walked, or if he was cleverly “nudged” out the door:

Still other industry insiders look at Favreau’s growing price tag and speculate that he was getting too expensive for the frugal Marvel and its equally cost-conscious parent company, Disney. In fact, one Hollywood player familiar with Marvel’s playbook theorizes that the company had been pushing a confusing and packed vision of the third film as a tactic to provoke Favreau into leaving the project.

Favreau made $10 million for the sequel (after a lengthy and very public spat with the studio, as you’ll recall), and would probably make more than that for the third movie, along with profit participation. Star Robert Downey Jr. is already making a ton from the franchise, and Marvel and their parent company Disney may be looking to slash some of the fat. This is, after all, the studio that famously dumped Terrence Howard from the first sequel because they didn’t want to pay him too much, and has low-balled every other actor that they’ve brought into their fold. So yeah, I don’t think it’s below Marvel to pull this shit whatsoever.

If it turns out to be true, that is…

'So, on the third one, we're gonna be making THIS much. Cool, huh?'

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  • Shazam!

    Called it!

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    Shazam would be a good movie to make — as for marvel – a iron man 3 is silly now should just be avengers – and move onto say gambit origins movie

    • B-Flash

      Iron Man 3 would be silly if they had a good enough ending for the second, but they didn’t.

      I can fully understand his frustration with all the easter eggs placed in the films it got silly in the second one, and if they wanna do the same in the 3rd I wouldn’t blame him if he wanted to leave. (If it aint broke don’t fix it)

      If they wanted to set it up so badly for The Avengers film they should have done what they did for Captain America and put it in the title, then they could have taken out all the easter eggs.

      Captain America: The First Avenger
      Iron Man: The Golden Avenger
      Thor: The Mighty Avenger

      There that’s all the Easter Eggs we need.

  • ulik

    I’ll believe it if Marvel says it’s true. He was just talking about what he will be doing with IM3 last week.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      I think that’s more the case of they (MTV) brought it up and he had to answer. But even then, I read a lot of confusion/displeasure in his comments about Marvel’s plans.

  • ulik

    Well I just read that it’s true according to New York Magazine. Well there’s always J.J Abrams and Neill Blomkamp to consider if they’re willing and they could just have Favereau take the producer’s chair. As far as Iron Man 2,they should have never replaced the screenwriter/s from Iron Man 1. Justin Thereoux is good with quirky dialogue and stuff but that’s it and that’s most of what IM2 had too much of.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    I still say an IM3 with the Mandarin is needed. Stop teasing it and give us IM’s main Baddie!!! Take a cue from the “Armored Adventure” show and update it. I’m just wondering who they’d get to direct.

  • Shazam!

    What is needed is a decent story. IM2 was entertaining and had some neat eye candy, but didn’t offer much in the way of a climax building story. Tony and Roddy’s final showdown with Whiplash is way up there on my list of “least satisfying climactic cinematic battles.”

    As is often the trouble with sequels in their efforts to expand the scope the main character becomes diminished – IM3 should have a Mandarin plot – but it’s going to feel like a spin-off because it will have nothing to do with the developing Avengers storyline they’re developing.

    Those are my thoughts – I fear Marvel has gotten a wee bit ahead of themselves. They want the massive interconnected movies but…
    A) they don’t want to spend the money
    B) they’re forgetting that Hollywood isn’t filled with people that like working together. It’s a town full of egos who want to be the stars.

    Mark my words – and I hope I’m wrong – but there will be only 1 Avengers movie with this entire cast before the egos get involved and it implodes like the X-Men films did.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Meh I hope you’re wrong but I see what you’re saying. However big ensemble movies can be done without ego killing them. The “Oceans” franchise is a prime example of that. And you can’t compare the X-men movies to this. The third suffered from a switch in directors AND a bad script. Sure Halle berry wanted more to do and rightly so, as the X-men movies were pretty much Wolverine movies with some other X-men thrown in, leaving the other actors kinda just there for back up.

      As for IM3 it’d take place AFTER Avengers and shoudln’t have to do with anything that happened in that film beyond referencing and maybe a cameo or two. Like the comics, solo movies should be abut the character and there place in the universe, but not necessarily dealing with their place on a team. A good Mandarin story really isn’t that hard to do, but I think because Favs was invloved he was really struggling to find a way to do it. But I agree the IM/WM vs Whiplash fight was underwhelming. The fight with the drones was more fun. Hence the reason I think they should get to Mandarin as it’d be something completely new.

      • Someone

        “X-men movies were pretty much Wolverine movies with some other X-men thrown in, leaving the other actors kinda just there for back up.”

        i’ve always taught of the x-men as a superpowered SWAT team. instead of a broken family of misfits. and have always wanted to see the x-men fight against giant robot sentinels..

        instead of all that… drama..

    • B-Flash

      If there’s 1 good Avengers movie then I can live without more, but at the sametime if there’s trouble with the cast after the 1st they could always take some of them out and add the other Avengers, they already got a new Spiderman and I could see Hugh Jackman saying yes to playing Wolverine in something else.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Good point. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Vision, Hawkeye, Wonderman, and Ms. Marvel pushed in a sequel. The Avengers, much like the Justice League has endured without the big three, not always well, but they’ve endured. I’d say as long as Cap is leading the team you can mix and match the rest of the team.

        As for Hugh playing Wolverine in an AVengers movie, ot gonna happen as long as Fox still has the rights.

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  • blackfox

    Dedpool, your right about them bringing in The Mandarin, we need a breathe of fresh air. I mean the interconnected universe could easy work, as long as they remember to keep it innovative. Whiplash was another bad composite villain in the vain of Absorbing Man/Bruce Banner’s father from Hulk. We need a fresh plot. We need Mandarin.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Yeah. They really should’ve just picked one or the other. Or he could’ve been Whiplash when he first appears, but created the Crimson Dynamo suit at the end, but have it’s main weapon essentially firing lightning instead of just an armored version of Whiplash. Ah well. What’s done is done. But yeah we need something fresh. The alien rings and their abilities would challenge both Tony and the Iron Man armor as he finds ways of dealing with the powers the rings grant as they are far beyond Earth tech.

      • Juggernaut

        This news is unfortunate. I agree that the inclusion of Whiplash as the villain for IM2, while not terrible, was not neccissary. I suppose they were trying not to go back to the bad guy in an armored suit route having Iron Monger as the villain for part one. However, they did revert him back to that at the anti-climactic end. I can see him being either Blacklash or Whiplash (who I wasn’t aware was a real character until some research) or just keep him the Crimson Dynamo. They already made a refference to the Whiplash character in part one with the jets. They could have done Crimson Dynamo or Titanium Man without the confusion of making the character an amalgam of thwo or three characters. I just hope that with or without Favreau they do a Mandarin story. The rings IMO should not be in the film. If they left the Ten Rings be the terrorist faction that would be enough of a nod for me. Have Mandarin be an international terrorist with a corporate marauder/tycoon cover would be cool. Either Having him face off with Tony throughout the film or becoming a buissiness partner/friend. Using a henchman like Blizzard, Tiatanium Man or Living Lighning be his heavy to battle Iron Man until it is revealed at tyhe end that Mandarin is the mastermind and true leader of the Ten Rings. With all of the unknown elements that lie in the upcoming Marvel-verse tie ins it is hard to pin down a storyline. That is probably one of the main factors of Favreau’s departure.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

          But we’ve already done the corporate thing as well with both Stane and Hammer. I think using the Mandarin with rings is the only way to take this in a truly new direction. I Definitely think that it was a waste of Mickey Rourke to use him the way they did. Full on Crimson Dynamo, shooting lightning or even plasma blasts woulda been crazy. Also Titanium Man would be a great start up villain. Start by havin IM battling him and leading to his unplanned and accidental death. This would put some pressure on Stark about how he handles things. Meanwhile a new corporate mogul is burning up the seen (its only his cover) and he’s been nicknamed the Mandarin and the “Eastern tony Stark.” Have him be a shadow player at first but step out of the shadows to fight IM in the end as he’s a worthy opponent, and he hasn’t had one since he found the rings and made his fortune. He’s used the rings and reverse engineered some tech and holds a bunch of patents. He’s the one that created the Titanium Man armor and tech, but he also sabotaged it to make it look like it was IM’s fault. bring the hero down then destroy him. That’s his plan. Just an idea.

          • Juggernaut

            That would be a good angle for the plot. I like the idea of the rings being his technological steppingstone. Similar to Tony’s Arc reactor technology. My casting choice would be Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Combat, Rising Sun) or Ken Watanabe (Inception, Letters From Iwo Jima) as Mandarin.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            Those were my choices as well. I’d go with Watanabe though cause Tagawa’s done it all. LoL. Give the new guy a chance. And I think he’d rock the role.

          • Juggernaut

            The only hesitation on Watanabe’s part would be his affiliation with DC’s golden boy,Nolan, Marvel’s biggest rival as far as films go. His allegiance to Nolan may askew his choice to accept the role with a Marvel Property. That and the fact that he has already been in Batman Begins, albeit as a minor role. I don’t know why, it obviously means nothing to studios or most actors apparently, but having actors in multiple roles in comic films is one of my least favorite things. He would be absolutely perfect though!

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            Dont think its an allegiance so much as best man for the job. Lol. But I understand you’re statement. With major characters can be distracting, but in this case fake Ra’s (Ubu?) died so he’s free. Lol.

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  • ulik

    I agree with that they should have went full Crimson Dynamo at the end anyway the climax ended to quickly. They spent to much time fighting the droids. If I had written the script i would have had all of the droids shut down quickly to save more time for the climax fight with Whiplash.

    • Juggernaut

      Commiting to a single villain, a Russian tie between Black Widow and the villain, more War Machine and a longer fight at the end would be my only changes to IM2.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Yeah full Crimson Dynamo would’ve been the way to go. I also think Juggernaut’s idea of Titanium Man isn’t a bad one either, nor is Living Laser, or even Blizzrd and Whirlwind (Together). But the story for them would have to be right, but they are all viable villains.

  • ulik

    I think Ghost is THE best idea for a side villain(if they’ll be one) in Iron Man 3.

    • Juggernaut

      Absolutely! While Blizzard, Whirlwind, Living Laser and Titanium Man are better known to comic fans, Ghost would be a perfect fit for the plot that I had in mind. While a mock corporate merger with Stark Enterprises and Mandarin’s front company was going on, Ghost could be sabotaging Stark’s company! It would bring a whole new level of espionage to the franchise. It would certainly open the doors to Black Widow going double agent and bringing in elements of S.H.I.E.L.D. too. I could see a possible link to Justin Hammer in there as well. Good call!

  • ulik

    Watanabe is a great choice if not him then Hiroyuki Sanada! Actually Hiroyuki is my first choice.