Riding high off the arrival of his adaptation of The Jungle Book, director Jon Favreau has praised the Russos’ vision in Captain America: Civil War, as well as their take on Iron Man and the introduction of Spider-Man into the MCU.
In an interview with IGN (via Squareeyed), Favreau opens up about his thoughts on Cap’s latest adventure. When it comes to the arrival of Tom Holland’s Spidey, he says “I think Spider-Man made me smile every second the character was on the screen.”
The fanboys can breathe a heavy sigh of relief.
He continues, “I was so pleased with the tone of the film in general, but those [Spider-Man] sequences specifically, and I just loved the way they introduced the character.”
MCU trivia buffs will remember that Favreau directed the first two Iron Man films, and was one of the key players in getting Marvel’s cinematic vision rolling in the first place – after all, without the crazy success of Iron Man, would we be sat here getting excited about Civil War?
When talking about the character, Favreau says “I love the version of Tony Stark I saw, especially in those scenes. As somebody who was part of the beginning of the screen persona of Tony Stark, I thought that this was really impressive and a wonderful expansion of that character.”
When reflecting on the film in general, he says “I just felt – as a filmmaker who had been part of establishing this universe – I thought that it was in really good hands with these guys and I was pleased. And as an audience member I was just smiling, and it’s nice to smile your way through a film. The audience is in for a treat, and I didn’t even see it finished so I’m sure it’s gotten even better.”
Favreau remains connected to the MCU, acting as executive producer on a number of their films, with the next one being both parts of Infinity Wars.
In an interview with Digital Spy, Favreau was asked if he’d go behind the lens at Marvel again and his answer, while appreciative, was pretty firm in its answer: “I’ve spent a big chunk of my career working on that already. All new titles are coming out now. I’m actually surprised I don’t feel that way about The Jungle Book already, but with Iron Man, I’d done two back to back. My time was completely monopolised for those years and I wanted allowed to explore other things. Part of the fun of having a successful movie is you get a lot of say on what your next project is. Sometimes you want to leave yourself open to other opportunities instead of another four or five years maybe working on that franchise.”
Captain America: Civil War hits cinemas on the 29th April.
The Jungle Book is in cinemas now.