‘Iron Man’ director Jon Favreau credits Joss Whedon for pulling off ‘Avengers’
After breaking box office record after another, “The Avengers” shows no signs of slowing. This weekend the film crossed the $1 billion worldwide box office mark. The Marvel film series began with “Iron Man” in 2008 as the team was created after six films introducing the characters.
Director Jon Favreau spoke to THR in an interview published Monday discussing the complex planning and praising “Avengers” director Joss Whedon for pulling off the massive project.
“(‘Avengers’)Turned out really well. Look, it was something we always planned for, and hoped for, but anything could have gone wrong, and it took a lot of things to go right. First and foremost, Joss, to be able to pull together — four different characters based on four different sets of films that shared a lot tonally and they shared some cast-wise, but he had to pull all those things together and make it work, it’s a very high degree of difficulty for him.”
The “Cowboys and Aliens” director reflected briefly on the setup from the two films he directed.
“But we had done a lot of setup in Iron Man 2 and even in Iron Man 1, we were hoping that it would come to this. I don’t think it became a reality until the last few years, but we were definitely planning for it. But it took a lot of people to pass the baton well, and each director who had been involved with the franchises did their part, but it took Joss to really seal the deal, and clearly it worked out, because the moment seems to continue going.”
Favreau is alluding to the involvement of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow in “Iron Man 2,” which really sets the table for S.H.I.E.L.D., The Avengers Initiative and the egomaniacal behavior of Tony Stark – all of which is key to the plot of Whedon’s “Avengers” blockbuster.
Wheodon is certain to return for “Avengers 2” as Favreau has turned his attention elsewhere.
The “Swingers” director has joined with J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek,” “Lost,” and “Super 8) as producer for a new series called “Revolution.”
“Revolution” is a postapocalyptic , dystopian world set in the recent future, starring Billy Burke (“Twilight” saga), Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad” and “Once Upon a Time”), and Andrea Roth (“Rescue Me,” “Ringer”).
The pilot is set for some time later in 2012.