Marvel Studios, perhaps floating on Cloud Nine after the runaway success of “Iron Man”, has already announced that they expect “Iron Man 2” to be out by 2010, and a year after that, “The Avengers” movie. The latter is, without a doubt, a humongous undertaking, what with all the major characters involved, but according to “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau, if he had his way it might be interesting to make “The Avengers” out of “Iron Man 3”. Of course, he was just throwing it out there, as the saying goes.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Favreau also mentions that while Robert Downey Jr. has been signed on for the sequel, he (Favreau) has not, which is very surprising to me. Wouldn’t the studio have signed all the creative names on at the very beginning? Isn’t that how it’s always done? Apparently not in this case.
Says Favreau about “Iron Man 2”:
We’ve been speaking informally about it, and in concept we would all love to work together again. But I found out about the announcement last night, so it’s not something that — we would definitely love to collaborate more with the sequel. There’s no formal arrangement yet, but in theory we would all love to see it happen…. There’s definitely a lot of ideas that we all have now. This type of movie is based on serialized materials, so it lends itself very easily to [many different sequel possibilities]. There’s definitely a level of enthusiasm from myself and the cast to tell more stories.
And here’s the bit about “The Avengers” movie, which, if all goes according to my master plan, Favreau will also direct:
I think it would be a very smart third film in the Iron Man series. It’s very difficult to keep these franchises from running out of gas after two [movies]. The high point seems to be the second one, judging by history: If you just look at the consensus in the reviews, you see that X-Men 2 and Spider-Man 2 are sort of seen by the fans as the sort of high point of both franchises, though I don’t necessarily agree with that. But to be able to fold it into an Avengers is something you just couldn’t do in another studio, and I think what Marvel is about is stuff you can’t do at a bigger studio. They gave me tremendous creative freedom; they gave me tremendous freedom in casting, at the end of the day. Even though there was concern, they ultimately backed a decision [to hire Downey to play Tony Stark] that I don’t think a studio would’ve, and now they’re benefiting from having that nimble creative team. And that’s, honestly, the most attractive aspect of working with them again.
He also talks about the Nick Fury cameo and other topics. Read the rest of it for yourself here.