Although it's going to take the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an entirely new direction when it hits theaters in 2017, Spider-Man: Homecoming will feature a serious blast from the past in the form of Jon Favreau's Happy Hogan. As the man who pretty much started the MCU, Favreau has seen quite an evolution in this silver screen world over the last few years. With that in mind, how does he feel about acting in someone else's Marvel movie? It turns out that he's quite fond of the lack of responsibility. The Iron Man director explained:
It's fun to come back as an actor. Especially when the filmmakers are taking care of you, and taking care of the characters and the story. If you're in good hands, it's great to come in and play in somebody else's world. That's how I started, as an actor. I really enjoy being on other people's sets, especially if I have cool things to do. It's all the fun and much less of the responsibility.
Jon Favreau recently spoke to Yahoo Movies about his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and described the ease with which he can slip back into the role of Happy Hogan. He started his Hollywood career as an actor before becoming a filmmaker, and as such the very act of performing comes naturally to him -- particularly when working under a skilled director. While some filmmakers may potentially find it difficult to take direction from another director, Favreau has absolutely no issues with it. It just makes his life easier in the long run if the director knows what he or she is doing.
Seeing the evolution of Happy Hogan on the silver screen has been a treat over the course of the last nine years, and much of that has to do with the humor that Jon Favreau always brought to the role. Directing himself alongside Robert Downey Jr. in the first two Iron Man films, he established a very strong on-screen chemistry with the Iron Avenger early on. He would reprise the role of Happy Hogan in Shane Black's Iron Man 3 in 2013, but he spent much of the film bedridden after suffering severe injuries at the hands of Aldrich Killian's Extremis thugs. With Happy now fully recovered and set to return to the MCU in Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming, we can only assume that Favreau will bring his trademark comedic sensibilities to the Wall Crawler's corner of the MCU. After all, somebody has to look out for Iron Man and Spider-Man.
CinemaBlend will keep you up to date with all of the latest and greatest MCU news as more information becomes available to us. Make sure to catch Jon Favreau's Happy Hogan alongside Tony Stark and Peter Parker when Spider-Man: Homecoming swings its way into theaters on July 7, 2017.