Jon Favreau to return to Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Jon Favreau has directed the first two Iron Man films for Marvel Studios, and since then he has branched off to direct other films like Chef and The Jungle Book. Soon he’ll be coming back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but not as a director. He’ll be returning as an executive producer for the Avengers: Infinity War films. (Okay, so he was also the executive producer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man 3 and The Avengers.) He talks to Digital Spy about returning to Marvel again and why we haven’t seen him direct a Marvel film since Iron Man 2.

“I’m going to be executive producing the Avengers films 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.”

Here Favreau talks about why he wanted to work on projects outside of Marvel Studios.

“The question is, do I want to do something else in the superhero genre? I’ve spent a big chunk of my career working on that already. All new titles are coming out now. I’m actually surprised I don’t feel that way about The Jungle Book already, but with Iron Man, I’d done two back to back. My time was completely monopolised for those years and I wasn’t allowed to explore other things. Part of the fun of having a successful movie is you get a lot of say on what your next project is. Sometimes you want to leave yourself open to other opportunities instead of another four or five years maybe working on that franchise.”

Could this lead to him directing another Marvel Studios film? What do you think of Jon Favreau returning to Marvel?

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