The man who started it all is back.
Jon Favreau is in a pretty good place right now. He is just now coming off of the critically acclaimed hit The Jungle Book (you can read my review here), which has already been greenlit for a sequel, which he will also produce and direct. Favreau could honestly do anything he wanted now, but he is choosing Marvel.
He played a huge part in the MCU’s creation. We have him to thank for the original Iron Man, as he served as both the director and producer of the first entry into the MCU. He set the tone for the entire franchise, and is credited to be the one who chose Robert Downey Jr. for the role of Tony Stark, which turned out to be one of the most brilliant casting choices of all time.
He went on to direct the less than critically acclaimed Iron Man 2, and then continued to produce both The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. But with how successful The Jungle Book turned out to be grossing $103 million opening weekend, it was unclear what is role in the Marvel universe would be going forward. This is what he had to say in an interview with Digital Spy:
“I’m going to be executive producing the Avengersfilms [Infinity War Parts 1 & 2] with the Russo brothers, which I’m very excited about.”
“I talk to them about it all the time. I’ve worked both in front of and behind the camera with Marvel and I really love what they’re doing right now.
“It’s a really exciting time to be over there. I’ve seen a rough cut of Civil War and it’s fantastic.
“We’re constantly looking for things to do together. And now I’m freed up.”
I’m glad to see Favreau will continue to have a voice in the MCU. He is the one who started it all however, and I’m excited to see him collaborate with the Russos, directors of the acclaimed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as well as the upcoming Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.
The Russos have managed to shift the MCU’s focus to Captain America, similarly to how Iron Man focused it used to be. With Captain America being the Russo’s baby, and Iron Man being Favreau’s, I’m curious to how their collaboration will work for Infinity War. They are both A-class talents, and their collaboration can only mean great things. Bring on Infinity War.