The news came down yesterday that Jon Favreau will not be directing the third installment of the “Iron Man” franchise. There are plenty of rumors and conjecture out there that this is due to Marvel Studios getting a bit too involved in the sequel and a falling out between Favreau and star Robert Downey Jr. Is it weird that speculation that Favs and Downey aren’t besties makes me sad? That’s how much I like those two guys. Well, except for when Favs made “Zathura”. Yuck.
Today, Favreau commented on his departure, citing a desire to make a family movie like “Elf”. Being a big fan of “Elf”, this isn’t the worst news ever. However, his plans to direct “The Magic Kingdom”, reportedly a “Night At The Museum”-ish look at the Disney theme park, is very, very distressing. Come on. Is there any way that movie won’t be completely and unequivocally awful?
So who should replace Favs? Well, why not Joss Whedon? Could he pull off the directing duo of “The Avengers” and “Iron Man 3″? I’m sure that Marvel would accommodate him if he wanted to do it. Personally, I think you go after someone like Duncan Jones or Edgar Wright. It would be cool to get an accomplished, but new director in there.