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Jon Favreau was one of the first people to be involved with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and though he hasn’t appeared on screen for the last few films, he’ll be back. According to a report out of Variety, Favreau will return to the MCU for ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’
When Favreau joined the MCU, it was before the MCU had quite as big of a grand plan. He was hired to direct Iron Man and was instrumental in getting Robert Downey Jr. into the suit. He also directed Iron Man 2 and starred in both films as Happy Hogan, the personal driver and security to Tony Stark. As audiences have seen less and less of Tony Stark in the office and more of him in a superhero capacity in the films, Happy Hogan vanished from the screen, though Favreau is still credited as a producer on some of the other films.
Last we saw Happy on the screen he was running security for Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), but if he’s appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming, he might just be back to working for Tony. There’s been no word about a Pepper Potts appearance in the film, and Tony is set to be a mentor for young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) as he rises in the superhero community as Spider-Man. Could Happy be Tony’s personal driver again? Or maybe he’s back to being his bodyguard since Captain America: Civil War’s Sokovia Accords means Tony can’t be Iron Man without the permission of the government?
We’ll have to wait a little while before we know for sure.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently filming in Atlanta and will land in theaters July of next year. Before that, the MCU has Doctor Strange hitting theaters on November 4 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 landing in theaters in May of next year. On the small screen, Agents of SHIELD returns for season four on September 20 and Luke Cage debuts on September 30.
Jon Favreau also has plenty of work to do behind the scenes. He’s a producer on the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War and The Shannara Chronicles, which was renewed for a second season by MTV. He’s also expected to return to direct and produce Disney’s Jungle Book sequel when it gets an official green light.