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Updated: Jon Favreau May Not Direct Iron Man 2

Update:  Harry Knowles over at Ain't It Cool has verified this story through his sources.  I was worried that my initial reaction may have been a bit premature, but I stand by what I said more than ever now.  I completely understand that a director is only one part of what makes a good movie, but I firmly believe that Mr. Favreau has more than a little bit to do with the fact that Iron Man is no longer the b-list hero he's been for a long time.  That's why I'm standing this firmly behind him.

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In what is potentially a repeat of the X-Men 3 debacle, First Showing is reporting thatMarvel is saying that Iron Man director Jon Favreau is not necessary for Iron Man 2 to be financially successful.  It seems to be a veiled attempt to lowball Favreau before they even give him a second call after Iron Man's stellar box office numbers.  It's also possible that Marvel is attempting a power play in response to Favreau saying he isn't sure that Iron Man 2 could be ready by 2010.

I am absolutely willing to go on record and say that should Marvel go down this road of killing the golden goose before it lays more than one egg, I will absolutely boycott Iron Man 2 and will possibly cease all coverage of Iron Man 2.  This is specifically if Favreau were not brought back for the next movie.  I truly feel this strongly about the topic.  Jon Favreau brought a lot of the heart that made people love the first movie, and I worry that a Favreau-less Iron Man would be as bad (if not worse) than X-Men 3.

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By Dave Minkus

Dave is located in Denver, CO and can also be found occasionally sullying various podcasts who don't know better than to invite him on. He also works with the team behind the Reel Heroes Filmmaker Series at Denver Comic Con.