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Jon Favreau’s not directing Avengers

Sounds like some other director will be hollering “Avengers Assemble!” to peel a gaggle of high-paid actors away from the craft services table: Jon Favreau confirms to MTV News that he won’t be directing Marvel Studios’ big movie mash-up of its various superhero franchises. As reported at MTV’s Splash Page blog, Favreau says he won’t be available to direct the Avengers film, though he is one of its executive producers and will have a hands-on role in that regard. Moreover, Favreau argues that his years-long immersion in Iron Man‘s “tech-based” milieu might have made him a poor choice to bridge the gap with, say, the Lord of the Rings mysticism and Shakespearean grandeur of Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming Thor movie. Which is a good point, now that I think of it: The Avengers movie will most likely include three relatively realistic super-science-based heroes (Iron Man, Captain America, and the Hulk) and a Norse god. That’s a tough row to hoe even in the wilder and woollier world of superhero comics.

Anyway, check out more from Favreau, including musings on potential cameos in Iron Man 2, at the link or in the video above.

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I don’t understand why anyone would want to make a Thor movie. I just watched Kenneth Branagh’s “Frankenstein” and it did not change my opinion (It is the most faithful to the book, but that doesn’t make it a good movie). When the subject of an Ant-man or Thor movie comes up, I’m always surprised at people dismissing the former and saying, “Thor would be good.” Ant-man could be a much better movie. I’ve never understood how Thor has stayed in print as a comic. The whole idea of working separate franchises towards a big Avengers movie is a bad idea. Make a decent Pixar Avengers movie (centering on Ant-man even), and leave the live-action movies alone.
Chris Nolan’s Batman movies are so good because of the unique vision, one that could not incorporate Superman or Wonder Woman. I’m a fan of Ang Lee’s “Hulk.” It took itself too seriously but it was a unique movie, that would not fit in with Spider-man or Iron Man. Marvel is going to keep producing movies that more and more have to fit into a larger version which will restrict creativity.

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