Jon Favreau Will Not Direct The Avengers

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

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MTV News recently spoke to Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau about his involvement in the super sequel and where he fits in the larger scheme of Marvel movies.

In that interview (which we have for you below), Favreau dropped a bomb on the collective heads of fanboys everywhere: he will NOT be directing Marvel’s 2012 superhero team-up event, The Avengers! In addition to that bit of Donald-Downer info, Favreau also threw another jab of bad news: We shouldn’t get our hopes up about seeing a cameo from The Hulk in Iron Man 2.

Here’s what Favreau had to say on the subject of The Avengers:

“They’ll have to [find a different director], because I’m not going to be available,” he explained. “It’s something I’m being the executive producer on, so I’ll definitely have input and a say.”

Now before you go all ga-ga with worried speculation over WHY Favreau isn’t onboard for The Avengers (as was previously rumored), his reasoning is pretty sound. See for yourself:

“That’s why it’s good that you have the guys from Marvel like Kevin Feige, who knows the books well and has been involved with the making of all the movies, and he’ll be very involved with ‘Thor’ and ‘Cap,’” said Favreau. “You need somebody who has the perspective of all the different franchises to bring them together. I have the myopic vision of just knowing and loving Iron Man.”

Those are the two quotes I know you want to see, but for more of what Favreau had to on the process of making Marvel movies leading up to Avengers – including Captain America and Thor – you can read the entire transcript of Josh Horowitz and Rick Marshall’s post over at MTV Splash Page, or just check out the video below:

(Sorry to our International readers, MTV videos are U.S. only)

So first let’s discuss the obvious points: Favreau not directing Avengers is a bummer, and hearing that Hulk won’t be in IM2 is a letdown – especially after the back and forth volley of comments recently made by Incredible Hulk star Edward Norton.

However, there are several things to consider:

  1. Favreau may be resolved in his decision not to direct The Avengers RIGHT NOW, but once Iron Man 2 comes out (and if it does gangbusters business at the box office as expected) then Marvel might be motivated to throw quite a few zeroes behind a director’s fee to ensure that The Avengers turns out just as well. It would be hard for anybody to say no to the right price.
  2. This no Hulk “confirmation” could be a red herring to throw eager Internet hounds (read: us) off the scent. In the interview he does make a point of referring to the surprise cameos as a “cat and mouse game.” So is Hulk in IM2 still possible? Or have I slipped into the warm embrace of wishful thinking?

One interesting question this raises: SHOULD Avengers be helmed by somebody who has worked on one of the individual character films? Or should a new person be tapped to do the super teamup? And as a crazy third option, should the directors of the individual films – Favreau, Joe Johnston (Cap) and Kenneth Branagh (Thor) – perhaps collaborate on The Avengers film?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

Iron Man 2 will be in theaters on May 7, 2010.

The Avengers is slated for a May 4, 2012 release.

Source: MTV Splash Page

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  1. OK guys, I’ll step up to the plate.

    I’ll direct it.



  2. It seems “horror” directors seem to be most amplified. not to mention, Richard Donner directing the “omen” or Raimi and Bruce Campbell working on “evil dead” together.

  3. SUGGESTION: Multiple-Directort Collaboration
    PROBLEM: If you were to put together a directing team of the best directors for the AVENGERS movie you ufnortunately would not end up with awinning team but more likley an uncomprehensible mess. You’d have too many chefs trying to make the soup and with each having their own twist you end up with something tasting horrific.

    SUGGESTION: Single world class director
    PROBLEM: No matter who you get including Nolan who has taken Batman to number #1 status in it’s genere and #2 (in terms of Box Office gross) of all Movies, you are still going to end up with something that had a Nolan look or feel and while that did well for Batman, the Avengers is a collection of contradicting characters.

    What about Ratner, he did the Hero Group film X-Men? With the X-Men you did have a group but they still had something in common and were not as disparate as the Avengers.

    The only way to do something with a large disparate character group like Avenegers (or the same would go for a Justice League movie) is to find a solid director who’s willing to do it right without trying to put his spin on the movie and be willing to collaborate with someone from the comics world (perhaps a few people since no comic is manned by one person) who is a proven AVENGERS story teller and let them guide the director when it comes to story points and character traits. This would be a working director instead of a thinking or artistict director.

    Thats my collaborative cents worth.

  4. @bluecollarcritic

    have you lost it man? Ratner? I would pay people to not waste their money on Ratner movies. The guy is such a prick and thinks he actually improved on the first 2 xmen movies. I will pay you bluecollarcritic to not see one of his movies ever again.

  5. @M-Cat,

    No I haven’t lost it I simply mist-typed Bretner for Siniger; its easy to do when you are doing several things at once.

    So how will you be paying, Credit Card? Cashiers Check?

  6. @bluecollarcritic

    I’m very glad to hear that you mis-typed. I dislike ratner with a passion.

    I’ll be paying by check!

  7. BTW – Just read on another movie blog a really great idea for a Marvel film; A SHILED moviee with no other then Samuel ‘M.F.’ Jackson.

    I think a SHIELD movie would be great and be a lot more easy to pull off then a large collaboration like the Avenegers.

  8. i hope this movie has a lot of action in this movie.