Yesterday it was announced that Marvel was changing the release dates for a few of its upcoming heavy hitters, including Thor (pushed to June 17, 2011), Captain America(July 22, 2011) and The Avengers(May 4, 2012). Additionally, we were told that Spider-Man 4would hit theaters on May 6, 2011 -- allowing the summer of 2011 to become a make or break time for the future of several Marvel properties. But what was the thought behind making these release date adjustments? Is it simply to give folks a little more time to get the films right, or did part of it have to do with freeing up the schedule of one Jon Favreau?
According to a Marvel spy who wrote into AICN, that's exactly what's happening. Says the spy: "Avengers is delayed a year because of financing issues but also because the plan is for Favreau to helm it. Everybody here loves the guy and he wants to do it, but it would have been impossible for him to do before the date change given his Iron Man 2 commitments. Also partly the reason why he agreed to do the Stark sequel on such an accelerated schedule was so he could get given first dibs on this. It would still be a punishing schedule for him, so hes not firmly confirmed yet, but he is certainly the presumptive director at this point."
What do you think? Is Favreau the man to direct The Avengers, or would you rather some fresh eyes at the helm?