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. Favs would have been my choice as well, but how is this for a name out of left field for Avengers. Bryan Singer. He obviously does team-up movies well, with X-Men 2 being one of the greatest superhero films ever made. I think Singer would be a kick-azz choice for Avengers (if he’s not doing X-Men 4 or one of the spinoffs).

  2. i say chris nolan i mean wow that would be a great movie but i think the wb wont let that happen.

  3. btw, the MTV videos isnt U.S only.. im from norway and i cud see it. so..

    but i agree with Andy. X-men 2 was really good, and i cud well see Singer as a choice for the Avengers.

  4. Maybe it’ll be the first film to have THREE directors at once. If they’re all not Primadonnas it could work!

  5. Chris Nolan would be the worst choice. I’d rather see Ratner do it!!!

  6. I Hope Favreau doesnt do it.
    He is NOT the only person who can do it just because he does a good job with Iron Man.
    Sounds like he is thinking this way too .
    As for the Norton/Hulk cameo ,
    We shall see.

  7. I Hope Favreau doesnt do it.
    He is NOT the only person who can do it just because he does a good job with Iron Man.
    Sounds like he is thinking this way too .
    As for the Norton/Hulk cameo ,
    We shall see.

  8. I Hope Favreau doesnt do it.
    He is NOT the only person who can do it just because he does a good job with Iron Man.
    Sounds like he is thinking this way too .
    As for the Norton/Hulk cameo ,
    We shall see.

  9. I Hope Favreau doesnt do it.
    He is NOT the only person who can do it just because he does a good job with Iron Man.
    Sounds like he is thinking this way too .
    As for the Norton/Hulk cameo ,
    We shall see.

  10. I Hope Favreau doesnt do it.
    He is NOT the only person who can do it just because he does a good job with Iron Man.
    Sounds like he is thinking this way too .
    As for the Norton/Hulk cameo ,
    We shall see.

  11. Sorry , my computer was nonresponsive,
    So I kept trying to post my comment .

  12. How about Neil Blomkamp, get that guy some money and see what happens.

  13. I am sad to hear this news, but i am not surprised.
    I like the level of detail and dedication Favs has shown as a director can pull off on a movie. I wish he could directed, yet I understand he has other plans and visions that arent really all about super heroes.

  14. horrible news!

  15. and yes i did read the whole article, its still horrible news. no favs and no hulk in iron man 2 equals studios not knowing crap about what the fans want.

  16. Please not Bryan Singer! He really doesn’t have the flare to bring The Avengers together and make it work the way we all picture it.

  17. Considering how weak the action was in Iron Man compared to the rest of the film, I think he would be out of his element directing The Avengers. Then again, I thought the same of Bryan Singer when I saw the first X-Men film, so… *shrugs*

  18. This is the reason why I wasn’t fully behind Favreau for Avengers. Yes, he made a fantastic Iron Man film, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to a fantastic Avengers film, where he has to cover more than just Tony Stark.

    I honestly don’t know who to tap for Avengers. If it has to be one of the guys who’s worked on an individual film, then yeah, my vote would go to Favreau, simply because I have no idea who Joe Johnston is, and Branagh seems like more of an intimate, character director.

    The idea of all three of them working on it seems a little ridiculous, but MIGHT actually work if they hire a “real” director, and just get some major collaboration going with the other three guys.

  19. In a perfect world Jon would be directing Avengers, but when theres a time factor involved its just not possible.

    I’d rather much see him direct all of his energies into giving us a great 3rd Iron Man film to round out the initial trilogy, than do Avengers.

    Also, Im in Australia Vic, and I saw the video just fine!

  20. not having hulk make a cameo in ironman 2 is a big mistake. there has to be another marvel character making a cameo.

  21. @michael

    I agree. Though, if they can’t get Hulk in there, then I would be satisfied with some mention of Banner in the dialogue. Maybe in conversation with Nick Fury about Banner still being on the run and how he is unstable and a potential security risk.

    Also, I think it is hard to have a Hulk cameo when you don’t have Norton under contract to return for another Hulk movie or Avengers yet.

    I think Favs has the unfortunate task of making Iron Man 2 a stand-alone story that is great by itself but also as a lead-in movie to a 3rd film featuring the character that costars two characters whose films haven’t been made yet and a story that hasn’t been written yet.

  22. Speilberg or the wachowski bros…we know Cameron wouldn’t do it.

    Too bad we just started a new poll, this would be a good one too.

  23. I think there will definately be a cameo of some sort from a major marvel character in Iron Man 2…im guessing Thor or Cap and dont cross out the Hulk either. They are trying to keep everything under the raps. I still dont think an Avengers movie will work and I think that everything will blwo up in their faces. But I hope I am wrong

  24. Crazy third option


  25. I think if they could do a collaboration that would be awesome for a super hero team up movie, but on the flip side trying to make things work for all directors visions would be tough. If they could do it, I could see Avengers just being AWESOME. I hope what ever they do they do bring on all the directors to have input in the movie.

  26. How about Michael Bay?

    (crickets chirping)

    Welllll, maybe Uwe Boll?

    (crickets chirping, blades being sharpened)


    I would love to see an after credit scene like:

    IM flying and is hit by a bolt of lightning. He slowly gets up after crashing and says:

    IM: “Is that your way of getting my attention? A phone call would have sufficed”

    Camera slowly turns to:

    Thor: “There are no phones in Asgard”

  27. Favs said himself he doesn’t know how to incorporate the supernatural into movies so I don’t think we’ll be seeing Thor in IM2 even though that would be a cool scene.

  28. I just got to thinking about the whole Tony Stark showing up at the end of the Incredible Hulk movie. Tony Stark walks up to General Ross and says THEY are putting a team together, but in the leaked trailer of Iron Man 2, Nick Fury is chasing Tony around trying to talk him into joining the Avengers. I think the Hulk movie is going to be after the whole IM2 and Thor movie, and then right before The Avenger movie if put down on a Time Line.

  29. Marvel won’t go for it but if we can’t have Favs directing than it should be…

    Ed Norton. He knows the supernatural and his work on The Incredible Hulk was top notch – action, story and acting.