Actor/director Jon Favreau has finally come on board for “Avengers: Infinity War.” Will he really be replacing Joss Whedon as “Avengers 3” director?
According to Digital Spy, the “Disney’s The Jungle Book” director will not replace Whedon. He is only going to join the “Avengers 3” team as executive producer. “I’m going to be executive producing the Avengers films with the Russo brothers…[and] I’m very excited about [it],” Favreau told Digital Spy. “We’re constantly looking for things to do together. And now I’m freed up…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.”
The director also commended Marvel Studios for their upcoming “Captain America” movie. “It’s a really exciting time to be over there. I’ve seen a rough cut of Civil War and it’s fantastic,” Favreau said. “Captain America: Civil War” is set to hit the big screen on May 6.
This will not be the first time Favreau worked on a Marvel production. He earlier directed “Iron Man.” He was also one of the producers of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Whedon, on the other hand, directed and co-wrote the first two “Avengers” films.
Meanwhile, Favreau seems to have another massive blockbuster hit in his hands with “The Jungle Book.” According to Forbes, the movie earlier opened “well above expectations.”It earned $103M (AU$132M) over its debut weekend. Forbes speculates that the movie’s success could pave the way for a live-action “Lion King” in the future. Could a “Lion King” reboot be in the works soon? No word as of yet to confirm this. Stay tuned for updates.
Fans will have to wait a little longer for Favreau’s next Marvel project on the big screen. “Avengers 3: Infinity War” won’t hit theatres until May 4, 2018.