So, if I understand correctly, Marvel is the more the ass here the Favreau, right? Because I've always been a fan of Favreau's work and I thought Iron Man (the original) was a great movie and 2 was a huge disapointment as it did seem like it was trying to do about four different plot threads at once there.
I don't wish to point fingers, especially since this is only one side of a likely multiple-sided story, but if you follow Marvel's history dealing with clients then it makes a lot of sense. The falling out with Terrence Howard, payment disputes with Mickey Rourke, and then of course what just happened recently with Edward Norton.
It begins to make sense. Especially since Favreau almost didn't direct Iron Man 2
after the disagreements they had over payment.
As for the story problems with Iron Man 2
, I think had Marvel not pushed for some of the Avengers
elements like they did and allowed Favreau to make his own film like he did with the first film then Iron Man 2
could have been considerably stronger.
Interesting point. I also heard the deal Scarlett Johannsen signed to appear in all those movies were terrible.
The funny part was the Marvel Universe elements in Iron Man 2 was some of the stuff I liked the best. I can totally agree that Iron Man 2 was rushed into production though. The second film was released less than two years after the first movie. That's a short amount of time for a sequel. Maybe that contributed to the film's suckatude.