It is now official that Jon Favreau will not be returning to the Iron Man 3 franchise, as he himself said on his Twitter; “It’s true, I’m directing Magic Kingdom, not Iron Man 3. I’ve had a great run with Marvel and wish them the best.” I’m sure many of us are sad to see Favreau leave the franchise, but not the search will begin to find a replacement for Favreau to continue the franchise. Here are some directors who I think could prove a good choice.
This choice makes a lot of sense both creatively and for the studio. Whedon is of course going to direct The Avengers and judging on the success of that Marvel may very well offer him the opportunity to direct Iron Man 3 and stay in the Marvel Universe. Whedon will also be used to handling a movie with a number of heroes in one movie, which was one of the reasons Favreau decided to leave. But Whedon may want to move on to his own projects and may only be planning to do The Avengers to gain more experience and credibility for himself as a director, as he has only directed one film so far, the excellent sci-fi Serenity. But I think this is an option Marvel will seriously consider.
Another possibility because of his links he already has with Marvel, as he is currently directing the next installment in the X-Men franchise. But Vaughan also nearly directed the Thor movie. The road hasn’t always been smooth between Marvel and Vaughan, who was also set to direct X-Men 3: The Last Stand before differences between him and the studio saw him replaced by Brett Ratner right in the thick of pre-production. Matthew Vaughan also knows his way around comic-book adaptions, having directed Kick-Ass. But that is also the main reason why he may not do it. Depending, as Kick-Ass highlighted how he was working against studios like Marvel with a very unconventional comic book movie. He may not do Iron Man for the fact that he doesn’t want to follow what a big studio wants him to. He certainly has the capabilities as a director to handle the thrills you’d expect from a movie like Iron Man.
Again, this is another choice who may not consider doing something like Iron Man due to the very strong indie filmmaking roots that South African director Blomkamp, the man who gave us District 9, has. But if Blomkamp may want to break into bigger budget filmmaking, and the final act of District 9 certainly highlights that Blomkamp can handle action where the hero is encased in a metal costume. Blomkamp is currently working on another project with Sharlto Copley, and rumours about Matt Damon, so he won’t be ready to take on the responsibility just yet, but he would be a very good creative choice, depending on what creative direction Marvel are wanting to take.
4. Duncan Jones-
Duncan Jones, like Blomkamp, was responsible for one of the best sci-fi’s of last year and the decade with Moon. He was also one of the names being thrown around when Warner Brothers were searching for a director for the Superman reboot. That eventually went to Zach Synder, but Jones is ready to make his move to big Hollywood movies, and Iron Man may be the movie to do just that. With Source Code coming up, he’s got an oppurtunity to show he can handle action set pieces, as Moon proved he could definitely handle character driven drama. It would be a very interesting choice, like Blomkamp, and would show Marvel is wanting to take the movie and character seriously.
5. Edgar Wright-
May seem like a bit of a strange choice, but bear with me. Scott Pilgrim V.S. The World was an incredibly inventive comic book adaptation, but unfortunately failed to make much of an impact in the box office and establish Edgar Wright in America. Iron Man could do this for him, but there is the matter of another Marvel project that Wright has been involved with, Ant Man. Nothing seems to have materialised form that in a while so perhaps Iron Man 3 could be almost a warm up for Ant Man, or Wright will just do Iron Man instead. Iron Man does have a sense of humour as well, so if Wright was to happen, you can probably expect that to be very present and more than likely heightened whilst maintaining the tone of the first two of the movies. He may be too much of an extreme choice, but Wright needs a movie like Iron Man if he wants to become an in-demand director in Hollywood.
So these guys are my five choices, do you agree with them, or perhaps have your own suggestions. Keep checking back for any more news on the status of Iron Man 3, as I will be keeping an eye on the developments. Ciao for now!