When Iron Man 3 hit theaters in 2013, many assumed it may be the last time fans would see Tony Stark’s bodyguard/driver, Happy Hogan, played by Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau. Fans were given quite the surprise earlier this month when it was confirmed that Happy Hogan would return in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is currently in production. While we still don’t know how large or small his role is, Jon Favreau spoke about coming back to the MCU.
Earlier this month, Jon Favreau was spotted in a photo released on Twitter by Robert Downey Jr., alongside Marvel President Kevin Feige, Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland and Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. While we don’t know for sure if Jon Favreau was in Atlanta to film his role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, it certainly is possible. Yahoo! Movies caught up with Jon Favreau, who had this to say about remaining connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Well, as far as directing goes, I had done two back-to-back, and that required a tremendous amount of concentration on one subject. Fortunately, I didn’t lose connection with it; I just wasn’t directing there. I still was executive-producing Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3, and I appeared in Iron Man 3. So I maintained the relationship as part of the family. And now, in Spider-Man: Homecoming, coming back and reuniting with the characters as an actor – it’s a lot of fun. It allows me to maintain the relationship with the MCU, but also to do other things that are interesting that are outside of that genre and that set of characters.”
We also reported earlier this month that Spider-Man: Homecoming may be filed at the new Avengers headquarters in upstate New York. The rumors spread after Tom Holland posted a set photo at the Porsche headquarters in Atlanta, which also served as the new Avengers headquarters at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron and in Ant-Man. It’s possible that both Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau could be part of the scene at Avengers headquarters, but we don’t know for sure.
We reported this weekend that production wrapped in Atlanta, as filming is shifted to New York City. Jon Watts directs Spider-Man: Homecoming from a script by John Francis Daley and Johnathan M. Goldstein. Marvel has set a July 7, 2017 release date for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and we’ll bring you more updates on this highly-anticipated superhero adventure as soon as more details arrive.