Jon Favreau Bails on ‘Iron Man 3′

December 14th, 2010 // 26 Comments
Jon Favreau Iron Man

Great. Now who’s going to needlessly insert themselves into the movie?

While Iron Man 2 was less a movie and more a painful clusterfuck advertising Marvel’s upcoming films, the blame for that rested squarely on Marvel who, instead of letting director Jon Favreau continue to build a successful franchise after taking a genius gamble on Robert Downey Jr., thought it’d be best to make him essentially act like a toy-hawking George Lucas, which miraculously didn’t end in suicide. However, it has brought us to today where Vulture reports Favreau has walked from the third film:

It’s unclear whether the impasse was financial or creative or both. One informed source hears that he was frustrated with Marvel’s urge to stuff more of their in-house heroes into the next film in the wake of The Avengers. In a recent interview with MTV News, Favreau explained that based on his conversations with Marvel Studios executives, he had no clarity as to what a third Iron Man film would even be about. “In theory, Iron Man 3 is going to be a sequel or continuation of Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Avengers,” said Favreau at the time, “This whole world … I have no idea what it is. I don’t think they do either, from conversations I’ve had with those guys.”
… Regardless of why, we’re told that Marvel quietly began the process of finding a director to replace Favreau last night. But Marvel’s task is complicated by the fact that Downey Jr. has both contractually negotiated director approval and is currently the hottest leading man in Hollywood with first pick of dozens of “go” movies around town.

Wait. Everybody just saw that, right? Robert Downey Jr. has director approval. HELL. YES. Finally, my dream of seeing Mel Gibson direct an Iron Man movie has come to pass.

ROBERT: Hey, Mel, got a sec? Was looking over the script and apparently 80% of the scenes are nothing but Iron Man being nailed to a cross by a Russian supervillain named “Record-o-Bitch.” Am I reading this right?
MEL: It’s actually more like 90, but listen, be honest: Do ya think Gwyneth will blow me?
ROBERT: …. God, I made the right choice here. ACTION, PEOPLE!


  1. devilsrain

    Shouldve bailed on the donuts

  2. Lil

    Sign on Mel Brooks instead of Mel Gibson, and you’ve got a movie

  3. GravyLeg

    Too bad…. Favreau did an amazing job…

  4. Rico

    He probably realized that IronMan 2 was dog shit and decided he didn’t want to make more poop. I say good for him for having the balls to leave such a big franchise.

  5. eatme

    …maybe he’ll finally make Swingers 2 (more than 10 years too late)

  6. Toby Weymiller

    He is taking time off to pursue Scarlett Johansson

  7. Matt

    Up next for Marvel….Iron Man reboot with Zac Efron as Tony Stark / Iron Man in theaters Summer 2013!

  8. Ke$ha

    I’d tap that!

  9. If Mel Gibson directs Iron Man 3, then the movie will be about a chieftain of a bronze age Canaanite tribe whose fiance is raped on her wedding night by a Jew with a pack of great danes… all of which circumstances call for, what else? REVENGE. What I’m basically saying, is, the movie will fucking kick ass. I tentatively name the movie ‘Rumble in the Levant, Pt 2: Revenge the fuck out of some enemies’. Oh wait we’re talking about Iron Man 3. I guess it’s still going to be called Iron Man 3.

  10. old king cole

    Johnny 5 will play Pepper Potts…no one will notice.

  11. jojo

    So Junior Downey didn’t approve of Jon is the just of this tale.

    • your disillusioned 5th grade English teacher

      *sigh* You mean “gist”. And no, it’s not. Apparently I should have failed you on reading comprehension in addition to spelling instead of letting your mom nag me out of keeping you back another year. Favreau bailed, Downey didn’t refuse to work with him or get him booted.

      • didn't you

        Actually if Fav quit and Downey says nothing then I imagine Downey didn’t want the hack directing.

      • Not necesssarily. Favreau is bailing on a franchise that Downey’s heavily invested in and not being polite about his reasons for it, so if he says anything favorable about Favreau as a director, the result is that Downey disses his project. The problem is that it’s become a formula-driven franchise, with indifferent go-nowhere scripts that just serve as a framework to showcase marketing opportunities. When the comedic highlight of your film is Tony Stark “recognizing” Stan Lee as Larry King, you know you’re in deep shit plot-wise.

  12. Ze German

    Typical Marvel Studios Bullshit. Dear Kevin Feige,

    Take a page from WB, keep your executive dick fingers out of actual production and let the creative people fucking create as in the case of the Nolan Batman films.

    Instead they fucked up a good 20% of IM2 with this Nick Fury/Avenger’s bullshit and in the process managed to chase off a damn good director.

    Also, Thor looks terribad, Wolverine looked like shit blasted onto a brick wall, and the last Hulk movie might as well have been a Saturday morning cartoon.

  13. Downey has director approval?! That’s pretty awesome. Just a few years back he had to pay for his own insurance because he couldn’t get an acting gig otherwise. Guess staying clear of breaking and sleeping for a while has done his career some good :)

  14. janise

    I am SO GLAD Jon Favreau Called their BULLSH!T and is walking,
    I remember how Everyone was saying how amazing Iron Man 2 was when It turned out to be a big piece of SH1T, there was no action, the only action was at the end, it was boring, WHY THE HELL WAS Samuel L. Jackson EVEN THERE
    Iron man 2 had some cool stuff, Mickey Rourke was great, Sam Rockwell
    was cool too, But the movie had too much crap on it, Scarlett Johanson’s character was super stupid, Again only useful for a few seconds at the end, totally pointless, this movie was so boring and long, nothing like the first Iron Man which was amazing

    wait a minutes, how come this is here and not in the I WATCH Stuff site?
    wow, Fish, you truly are the best one out of the three!

  15. wim

    it’s all about getting slim FAST?

  16. Dread not

    Let Spike Lee direct the movie. That way you can get blacks on board, which will increase marketability in more urban areas. You can also have a director who will needlessly insert himself into the movie. Add to it, and this is the part that gets me “jazzed” (that’s not a racist euphemism); Robert Downey Jr. can don black face, reprising the character he played in Tropic Thunder, and THEN play Iron Man. It wouldn’t be TOO far off from a REAL Spike Lee type movie, where his black characters are already caricatures of blacks. And let’s face it, Iron Man needs more humor and blacks.

    • Dread not

      Quentin Tarantino would also inject himself into a movie needlessly, but nobody wants to see Iron Man abducted by an arch nemesis, ball gagged, then ass raped. Though Quentin would probably find cool ways to get awesome fetish shots of Gwyneth Paltrow’s feet and other gratuitous shots.

  17. anonymous

    it’s been pretty obvious the past couple years that Marvel is content in making 20 shitty superhero movies than making a handful of really good ones.

  18. Me

    Totally thought this said Jon Favreau’s BALLS on Iron Man 3.

  19. gomez

    And Kids This is why DC is better :)

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