Marvel Studios movies are filmed all over the world (Thor: Ragnarok, for example, is filming in Australia right now), but currently the main base of operations is Pinewood Studios Atlanta, which so far has been home to Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming. As Homecoming gets closer to the end of production, the studio is already preparing for another big Marvel movie, as Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo recently shared a photo of rehearsals taking place in one of the sound stages.
The overlap means that Atlanta is something of a hot spot for Marvel talent right now, with Infinity War just gearing up as Homecoming starts to wind down. We recently learned that Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau will be reprising his role as Happy Hogan in Homecoming, reuniting the character with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark for the first time since Iron Man 3, and now Downey has shared a photo of a real-life reunion that also features some major Marvel players grabbing a meal.
Pictured below (from left to right) are Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland, Favreau, Downey, celebrity chef Roy Choi, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. No, this isn’t a surprise announcement that Choi will have a role in Homecoming or Infinity War (at least, not that we know of); it’s actually Downey’s way of teasing that Choi and Favreau are working on a new project together.
Fans of Favreau’s non-Marvel work will no doubt be aware that Choi was the key inspiration behind the filmmaker’s 2014 comedy-drama Chef, and also worked on the film as a technical adviser. As the creator of the Kogi food truck company, he has made numerous TV appearances and wrote a memoir/cookery book titled L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food. Choi also shared the above photo on Instagram, telling his followers to “#staytuned” for more information about his upcoming collaboration with Favreau.
Perhaps Favreau is planning to make a closer biographical adaptation of L.A. Son, or maybe even a sequel to Chef. Perhaps the new project is actually Iron Man 4, and Choi will be taking over the role of Tony Stark (OK, this is a little less likely). Regardless of how big or small the project might be, though, we would certainly have given a lot to be a fly on the wall during that particular dinner conversation.
Source: Robert Downey Jr.