Avengers missing director
The Avengers is being talked about more than any other film, with casting and story rumours galore over the last two years, and out of all of them it was the news that Jon Favreau was set to direct that had the fans the most excited.
Well those fans can now get a little but upset as news comes direct from Favreau himself that he's passed up the chance to direct the film, and although he says it's due to scheduling conflicts, there are a few hints that it's something a little to do with the film itself.
”They’ll have to [find a different director], because I’m not going to be available...It’s something I’m being the executive producer on, so I’ll definitely have input and a say.”
That's good news isn't it? The man who made Iron Man so well is going to have a hand in how The Avengers turns out. Then, through MT-No-One-Outside-the-U.S.-Watches-Movies-V and Filmonic, he goes on to talk about why he made that decision, and here's where the interesting bits start coming through.
”You need somebody who has the perspective of all the different franchises to bring them together. I have the myopic vision of just knowing and loving Iron Man.”
He's being really fair to the whole franchise, and being extremely humble about his own ability as a director. Or is he? Perhaps he's realising just how hard the task of bringing together these strange characters in one film would be, and that's just what he brings up next.
”It’s going to be hard, because I was so involved in creating the world of Iron Man and Iron Man is very much a tech-based hero, and then with ‘Avengers’ you’re going to be introducing some supernatural aspects because of Thor...How you mix the two of those works very well in the comic books, but it’s going to take a lot of thoughtfulness to make that all work and not blow the reality that we’ve created.”
There we have it. I think that perhaps there is an element of scheduling in there, but I also feel that the task of bringing together these characters is a monumental one as the director will have to pull together characters from very different films and backgrounds. Iron Man, for example, may be very comic but it's also a very realistic world.
Now take that world and introduce the idea of a Norse god come to Earth who can wield a hammer and turn from a human back into the flying god who can control lightning. Now imagine that character leaping into the Iron Man world, who would need Iron Man any more? How would an Iron Man film feel with a god of lightning appearing? It just doesn't work well.
Perhaps Favreau saw this and couldn't really work out how to merge these worlds together, personally I don't see how they can do it and how it can work. Can anyone? Can any director?