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Friday, June 6, 2008

Director Jon Favreau on "Iron Man 2" and "The Avengers"

It seems the direction Marvel Studios is going with their superhero line-up is set in stone, but what to do about them is another story. Jon Favreau, director of "Iron Man," has stated that the sequel will probably not follow the acclaimed "Message in a Bottle" storyline where Tony Stark's alcoholism sends him in to a downward spiral of pain-- Both internally and externally.

Favreau makes the point that much of the same imagery is apparently in "Hancock." Such a storyline revolving around "Iron Man" in 2010 may look like a copy to general film goers. It's a good point, but this is still a story I'd like to see. Non-the-less, Favreau insists there are plenty of stories surrounding the Iron Man mythos that can be brought to the big screen:

"There are a lot of different approaches you could take." says Favreau, " Hopefully we end up going for a sequel that is going to be bigger and better than the first one. That’s not always the case with sequels. Sometimes you end up trying to do just rush, and hit a release date. Hopefully this sequel will be driven by the material and driven by good ideas."

Meanwhile, the man spoke briefly about "The Avengers" movie in which all the Marvel heroes team up. He's said before he would like to direct an Avengers film, but with the short time span between "Iron Man 2's" release date and "The Avengers" it seems quite impossible. (2010 and 2011 respectively.) A single year to make an Avengers film? Not likely. Still, I'm glad to hear that Favreau would like to tackle a sequel. "Iron Man 2" needs him.

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