Iron Man and Jungle Book Director Jon Favreau Talks Possible Return to MCU

Jon Favreau's recent success with the live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book might make it seem that the director is set on helming such films. However, it appears that there's still a possibility for the Iron Man director to create more superhero films, permitted that "a great story" is involved.

In a recent interview with IGN, the 49-year-old director discussed how and why "a great story" would persuade him to helm another Marvel film. He explained:

I know the people over there. I like them. I still executive produce the Avengers series and I like what they're doing a lot now, I do. By the same token I feel like I've made my mark; whatever we did in those early days has continued and is in good hands with new filmmakers with fresh voices.
I think they're hiring the right kinds of filmmakers – I couldn't be more impressed with this one [Civil War], and Guardians of the Galaxy. I thought was an unexpected, delightful film. I just think how I fit in now might be different. It's 10 years later, and now I'm more of an elder statesman. But we talk a lot about how I could be involved there and I exist both in front of and behind the camera in the Marvel universe, which puts me in a unique position which I enjoy.

He added that there isn't a specific story which he'd like to direct, but that it wouldn't be much of a shocker if a new project that he's interested in "pops up soon:"

We're always trying to figure out if there's a way for me to contribute beyond just being an executive producer there. I wouldn't be surprised if something pops up soon, but there's no one property that we're identifying that I'd want to helm up and shoulder. Because now that the universe has gotten so big over there, I don't know that I understand how it all fits together anymore.
I was there in the early days when the universe was very small. Now the universe is very big there and they seem to have it well in hand.

So far, fan and critical reception to films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been mostly positive. Because of this, I don't think Favreau would have such a hard time choosing which film he'd like to helm.

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