It’s hard to believe that Marvel Studios is where it is now. Captain America: Civil War is the 13th film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we’ve already seen it, and plan to release more news from the film’s press conference in the coming weeks. But none of that could have happened without Jon Favreau helping to lay out the groundwork with the first two Iron Man films.
And even though he no longer directs films for the MCU, the filmmaker is now set to make his return to where it all started for the MCU by signing on to be an executive producer for the Avengers: Infinity War two-parter. More on the story below.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Favreau talked about his involvement in Infinity War:
“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.”
That “freed up” part could be referring to the fact that Favreau is now done with The Jungle Book. Favreau was also an executive producer on The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron. But an executive producer doesn’t have as much responsibility as the producer does. Still, he will most likely oversee the filmmaking with regard to film finance, as well as report to production companies and distributors. Nothing against the title, as it does have its own weight of responsibility, but Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and directors Anthony and Joe Russo will bear most of that weight.
Though most have had mixed experiences working with the studio, Favreau’s statement indicates that he is just itching to return to work with Marvel once more. Though the success of The Jungle Book (read our reviews here and here) has prompted Disney to greenlight a sequel, for which Favreau will return to direct. The studio has yet to announce a release date.
Avengers: Infinity War Part I opens in theaters on May 4, 2018, and Part II opens in theaters on May 3, 2019.
[Source: Digital Spy]