While many people consider Jon Favreau to Marvel much like Chris Nolan is to Warner Bros and DC Entertainment, not everyone knows that there were plenty of problems between Favreau and the studio when they wanted him to return for Iron Man 2.
Of course, Favreau finished the film, and made a mint doing so (as did the studio) but it looks like the tension may be happening again between the director and his films’ home. MTV News got first hint at there being a problem with with Marvel and the Swingers director when Favreau expressed concerns about future Marvel properties.
“In theory, Iron Man 3 is going to be a sequel or continuation of Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Avengers. That whole world … I have no idea what it is. I don’t think they do either, from conversations I’ve had with those guys.”
It was later tweeted out by Favreau that he’s officially going to work on Magical Kingdom for Disney and step down as the director of Iron Man 3. The irony here being that Disney owns Marvel, so it’s basically like leaving one room of a big house to go into another.
So this begs the question: who will take over for Favreau? With Marvel wanting Iron Man 3 to continue the Avengers storyline, could this mean that Avengers director and fanboy extraordinaire Joss Whedon will take on the challenge?
Marvel has yet to release a statement, but you can believe they have a shortlist ready for just the press release.