Iron Man Director Jon Favreau To Direct Avengers Movie?

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favreau iron man ign Iron Man Director Jon Favreau To Direct Avengers Movie?There are rumors and then there are rumors… I would put this one down in the “very likely to be true” column: Jon Favreau may be directing The Avengers.

Now, all together… say it with me: SWEET!

AICN reports that they have a new “source” that has given them accurate information in the past. This source sent them a report explaining the reason for the Marvel schedule release push-back:

“‘Avengers’ is delayed a year because of financing issues but also because the plan is for Favreau to helm it. Everybody here loves the guy and he wants to do it, but it would have been impossible for him to do before the date change given his ‘Iron Man 2′ commitments. Also partly the reason why he agreed to do the Stark sequel on such an accelerated schedule was so he could get given first dibs on this. It would still be a punishing schedule for him, so hes not firmly confirmed yet, but he is certainly the presumptive director at this point.”

Why am I so convinced this isn’t bogus? Because I’ve had the opportunity to interview Jon Favreau one on one twice, and in both conversations the Avengers movie came up. In those conversations Favreau was very clear in stating that he’d love to direct an Avengers film if given the opportunity – but the major stumbling block to that happening was the scheduling conflict between that film and Iron Man 2.

But then came the news that Marvel was totally revamping its movie release schedule. Iron Man 2 is still being released on May 7, 2010, but the Avengers movie, which was originally scheduled to be released just one year later has now been pushed back a full year to May 4, 2012. Suddenly, that gives Favreau enough time between the two films to be able to work on both (of course this would push back Iron Man 3, which has not yet been scheduled.

If this does come together it is awesome, awesome news – Favreau did a fantastic job with Iron Man, and my only worries about the sequel have been the behind the scenes salary wrangling and the casting of Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow. He has a passion for the Marvel superhero universe and has already demonstrated his respect for the source material and the fans.

This is really great news for the Avengers movie.

Head over to AICN where their scooper also talks about Marvel being serious about both a Fantastic Four and Daredevil reboots and how they may be better now that Fox exec Tom Rothman has been promoted and will probably not be so “hands on” with film production.

Source: AICN

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  1. Excellent! For me, Iron Man is the greatest superhero flick ever! Favs as director n this would rule. But then again, I’m also interested to see what Branaugh des with Thor. He has the potential to bring us something epic.

  2. Wait!? one on one interviews??? How did i miss those??

  3. I hope Thor, Ironman , Captain America, and Hulk just go to night clubs and talk about how “sooooo money” each other are lol.

  4. I think Avengers should be a collabarative effort of Favs, Leterier, Branagh and whomever does Cap. Almost like how there are multiple producers. Just make Favs Executive director.

  5. Wow, good interviews :) Dont know how I missed those. Any more interviews coming up soon?

  6. Thanks, Oscar, I don’t do many interviews. Actually I have one coming up Sunday night but it’s no one famous – I’ll be talking to the propmaster on the Star Trek movie. :-)

    I’ll probably get some interviews at the San Diego Comic-Con this July.


  7. How hard was it to act professional while doing the interview? I know if it was me i would be acting like a little school girl at a Jonas Brother’s concert lol

  8. @OScar

    I was pretty nervous the first time, but not so much the second. At the 2007 Comic-Con I also got to meet Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr and Terrence Howard. I also had the chance to hang out with the male castmembers of Heroes at a party – Milo was VERY nice.

    Those are the fringe benefits that make this worthwhile. :-)


  9. Woah, parties? I didnt know you were part of the Hollywood scene lol :P Although it sounds like a dream come true, it still sounds like a lot of work.

  10. This is GREAT news! OH man, I wish I could slingshot myself around the sun to 2012! LOL!!!

  11. What is with this Serge and his copy and pasted message about Johansson being a clone in every article you have that mentions her name? Can we just ban that retarded crap or what?

  12. Ok Vic, now you just took it too far ;) lol Looking forward to future interviews and party pics :)

  13. Is it okay to have a geekgasm right now?

  14. Nice to hear some good news on the Marvel Movie front as it has gone a wee bit quiet of late with all the really exciting movies,still years away…It’s the lack of news about another Spider-Man movie that’s worrying…any good news about Spidey Vic?

  15. Great news/rumor about Favreau and was banking on Marvel to delay Avengers for Jon to direct.
    Scarlett Johansson will do fine as Black Widow,IMO,betting because both Favreau and RDJ selected her for the team and believe she is capable of doing a just job.

  16. @Braveheart

    It’s been quiet on the Spider-Man 4 news front.


  17. Best “Movie” News i have heard this year…

  18. FYI…

    I’ve read that Paltrow has said that filming starts soon, as in the next couple of weeks.

    Let’s say it again; SWEET!