Favreau Steps Away From 'Iron Man 3'

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Via Vulture, a smart move:


The poet Robert Browning once wrote that "a man in armor is his armor's slave." By that logic, director Jon Favreau is now a free man: Insiders tell Vulture that Favreau has just informed Marvel Studios that he won't direct a third Iron Man film.

It's unclear whether the impasse was financial or creative or both. One informed source hears that he was frustrated with Marvel's urge to stuff more of their in-house heroes into the next film in the wake of The Avengers. In a recent interview with MTV News, Favreau explained that based on his conversations with Marvel Studios executives, he had no clarity as to what a third Iron Man film would even be about. "In theory, Iron Man 3 is going to be a sequel or continuation of Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Avengers," said Favreau at the time, "This whole world ... I have no idea what it is. I don't think they do either, from conversations I've had with those guys."

The whole "more is better" notion is going to kill the superhero genre. I think the basic notion is that most people go to superhero movies to see as many heroes as possibles, do as many incredible things as possible. Story is beside the point. There's obviously some truth to that. But it isn't the only truth. I was joking with a buddy last week that Avengers was going to be a turning point. That film has real shot at being a mess.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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