Of COURSE Favreau And Co. Will Return For Iron Man 2

Published 7 years ago by , Updated July 16th, 2008 at 11:53 am,

favreau downey jr Of COURSE Favreau And Co. Will Return For Iron Man 2It’s being reported on movie sites all over the place that not only is there not a “lock” on director Jon Favreau returning to helm the inevitable Iron Man 2, but that even with contracts in place there’s no guarantee that Robert Downey Jr. other other castmembers will return for the next Iron Man sequel.

To which I say: Give me a break.

Of course they’ll all be returning for the next film.

As of the time I’m writing this Iron Man has grossed close to $400 MILLION worldwide in just THREE weeks. And of that doesn’t include one penny from all the movie tie-ins from deals with Burger King, toys, t-shirts, etc., etc.

Does anyone seriously think that Marvel and/or Paramount is going to mess with the formula that generated those numbers? I think not.

Iron Man 2 already has a release date set: April 30th 2010, but apparently the first Favreau heard about it was via the press release. People are taking this quote from and interview at EW and are running with it:

“Will you be involved with the sequel?”

“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.”

Then comes some info via /Film from an interview of “Favs” by Howard Stern where he revealed that he was paid $4MM to direct the film and has a revenue sharing deal based on the movies NET profit (this is an infamously bad way to go as the books can be “cooked” to make the most successful film look like it never recouped its costs).

There’s also the fact that Favreau has mentioned the “Demon in a Bottle” story from the comics, where Tony Stark spirals into full blown alcoholism and loses everything, and whether the studio thinks that would be an appropriate direction to take.

The conclusion being drawn from this is that he might not return and someone else may take over the reins of the burgeoning franchise – To which I say: Bull!

In one of my interviews with Jon Favreau the “Demon in a Bottle” story came up as a point of discussion and he was fully aware of what a delicate balancing act it would be to use that story in one of the movies. He’s aware that Paramount / Marvel want to be able to market this movie to families and that it would be a tough story to tell (or sell to the studio) within the confines of a family-friendly superhero movie.

Will the alcoholism story actually make it into one of the movies? At this point that’s up in the air – heck there isn’t even a script for the next movie written yet as far as I know. But I do know this: Favreau knows where he wants to take the story over the course of the next couple of movies even if the specifics aren’t mapped out yet.

So while details may yet need to be worked out, I have NO doubt who will be directing the next kick-ass Iron Man movie: Jon Favreau.

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  1. If Kevin Feige and Avi Arad are arrogant enough to believe that it is the Marvel formula and not the magic and passion of Jon Farveau and Robert Downey Jr that were the biggest factors in the success of Iron Man….then Marvel films will get what it deserves. I know they can’t rush out and say that Mr Farveau will be the director without negotiating the deal first and I hope Robert Downey Jr won’t return if Jon doesn’t..Unity with those two will ensure they both will be back for Irom Man 2…They did a fantastic job with the first one.

  2. I was one of the dweebs who thought Jon wasn’t returning; or, at least, hadn’t signed on yet. This is good news. Like GreenKnight said, it’s not Marvel that made IM a success, it was the chemistry between Favreau and Downey.

  3. I don’t get surprised by much, but if Marvel & Paramount get rid of Favs and RJD I would be. That would be like messing with the formula for Coca Cola…..

    Oh wait……….

  4. I can’t imagine that Marvel would even think of attempting to make IM2 without Favreau and Downey. It was the hard work and joint effort between the two that made IM work…. of course, along with Gwyneth and Terrence. Jon and Robert both have said how much Gwyneth contributed.

    I think Marvel would have a revolt on their hands if they changed anything now. Here are the latest box office mojo reports….. look at that worldwide total !!!!! well over $400 mil !!
    And for an original !!! Wow, awesome…. ;-)

    Domestic: $223,124,385 51.9%
    + Foreign: $207,000,000 48.1%


    = Worldwide: $430,124,385


  5. Sorry… didn’t mean to slight Bridges and Toub … but it isn’t likely they will return since we know Yinsen died and OS disintegrated into space. They were both fantastic!!


  6. I pray to the gods (battlestar reference) that this franchise doesn’t turn into the Spidey threesome or the X-men threesome – BOTH ended HORRIBLY providing two of the worst and most disappointing films I’ve ever seen.

    Favreau and Downey are without-a-doubt back, no question. My question is what happens then? Iron man will appear in the Avengers movie, Robert Downey obviously must play that part or we have another Justice League scenario (the equivalent to child molestation). But, does Iron man get another solo after that?

  7. Favs and CO will definitely be back. I don’t know if there will be a third Iron Man film because of The Avengers flick (I can’t wait!), but there will definitely be a second Iron Man by this team.

    Don’t pay any attention to the lousy rumors.

    Look at the money this baby has brought in at just about 3 weeks of doing business in theaters: Over 430 mil. Heh. And they said this wouldn’t make more than The Dark Knight. TDK will be good, I don’t know if it will be as good as IM, but it will be better and make more money than Batman Begins, it just won’t touch IM’s BO take.

  8. Of course they’ll be back. And I’ll be back at the theater, too. RDJ was fantastic.

  9. Rob,

    Favreau is VERY aware of the pitfalls of the third movie in a series like this. It’s one of the things we discussed and he actually thought that a better idea would be to do an ensemble movie (The Avengers) before doing a third Iron Man.


  10. Funny thing is Favreau was the one that came out and said he hasn’t been contacted by the studios yet. This wasn’t a rumor.

    Personally I think he’s just trying to spark internet buzz.
    Downey Jr could make one phone call and this would be over.

  11. Oh please don’t let The Avengers be another JLA?! When I heard this film was even being considered, my geek-meter hit the roof; and then the after credits finale of IM…..WE HAVE LIFTOFF!!! :o)