Jon Favreau not returning for Iron Man 3

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Robert Downey Jr. stars in this 2008 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The plot surrounds Tony Stark (Downey Jr.), who as an industrialist and master engineer builds a powered exoskeleton and becomes the technologically advanced superhero, Iron Man.
December 15th, 2010

Jon Favreau will not direct 'Iron Man 3'.

The actor-and-filmmaker - who directed the first two instalments of the Marvel comic book-adaptation starring Robert Downey Jr. in 2008 and 2010 - will not be returning to the franchise for the third film and instead focus his attention on forthcoming movie 'Magic Kingdom'.

Writing on twitter, he said: "It's true. I'm directing 'Magic Kingdom', not 'Iron Man 3'. I've had a great run with Marvel and wish them the best."

Explaining his decision further, the 44-year-old Favreau said he was keen to work on something that didn't come with such expectations.

He told the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex blog: "I want to blow people away, which is easier to do something with a project that isn't loaded with built-in expectations."

Favreau has previously hinted he wouldn't be involved with the third project because he wasn't sure about the direction it would be taking.

He said: "In theory, 'Iron Man 3' is going to be a sequel or continuation of 'Thor', 'Hulk', 'Captain America' and 'Avengers'. 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."