Source: Marvel Studios

Jon Favreau is headed back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe! The man who directed the first two Iron Man films will be reprising his acting role of Happy Hogan in next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. Hogan was Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey, Jr.) driver and bodyguard before becoming the “forehead” of security in Iron Man 3.

With Start and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) taking a break, perhaps Hogan is going back to his friend for moral support. That, or perhaps Stark, who is confirmed to appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming, will once again have a more formal role within his own company. Tony and Happy are pals, so the reason for the latter’s appearance may not be at all complicated.

It’s so great that Jon Favreau will be back in the MCU. So much of Marvel Studios’ success these last eight years can be attributed to the brilliant work Favreau did as the director of Iron Man. Marvel Studios bet the rights to several of the properties we have been and will be seeing in the MCU on the combined success of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk in 2008 and it was Favreau’s film that not only came through financially, but also set the tone for what was to come.

Favreau and Marvel Studios continuing their relationship is a great sign. Personally, I’d love to see Favreau return as a director in the MCU. He’s going to be busy with a sequel to The Jungle Book for the next few years, but maybe Favreau and Marvel can get together after that. Robert Downey, Jr. has expressed interest in a fourth Iron Man and it would be amazing if he and Favreau could reunite for one last ride.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently in production in Atlanta, GA and will be released on July 7, 2017.

Source: Variety