Marvel Studios recently revealed its plans for Phase Four, with plenty of exciting projects coming to theaters, as well as small screen adventures on Disney+. But it’s not all good news, as Sony and Marvel recently reached an unexpected end to their shared custody over Spider-Man. Tom Holland’s Peter Parker isn’t expected to return to the MCU, despite Spider-Man: Far From Home closing out Phase Three, and marking the character’s whopping fifth appearance in the shared universe. And it turns out that blockbuster was Jon Favreau’s favorite movie to film.
Jon Favreau has had a long career in film, both as an actor and director. He’s done both jobs for Marvel Studios, portraying Happy Hogan in a whopping six movies throughout the MCU’s life in theaters. The acclaimed filmmaker recently spoke to the fun of reprising his role in Spider-Man: Far From Home, saying:
Well, that’s saying a lot. Jon Favreau has a lengthy acting resume, so he’s been on a fair share of film sets. Some of these he was personally running as director, like in the original Iron Man. Still, Far From Home takes the cake when it comes to fun for Favreau.
Jon Favreau’s comments to THR will likely make Spider-Man fans all the more upset, since its unlikely that Happy will have another appearance in a Spider-Man movie. Happy Hogan was a supporting character in both of Peter Parker’s solo movies in the MCU, helping to guide the young protagonist as he went from friendly neighborhood crime fighter to full on Avenger. Far From Home was arguably a bigger role, especially as it moved Happy’s personal life forward.
In addition to working with Peter Parker and helping him foil Mysterio in Europe, Jon Favreau’s signature Marvel character also found love in Spider-Man: Far From Home. The movie showed Happy and Marissa Tomei’s Aunt May getting close, with The Blip inspiring the formerly dusted characters to take a chance on their budding romance.
In fact, Jon Favreau has previously mentioned that Happy and May’s relationship as the aspect of the Spidey deal which is the most disappointing to him. Now his character will have to once again start from scratch, hopefully finding satisfaction in a future appearance in Phase Four. It’s unclear when Happy Hogan might be returning to the MCU, but he’s usually known to pop up every few years.
The future of the MCU may be outlined, but there are still plenty of questions surrounding Phase Four– especially where Spider-Man is involved. But it’ll be a number of months before a new Marvel blockbuster hits theaters, so we’ll have to be patient and hope for more exciting announcements.
The next installment in the MCU is Black Widow on May 1st, 2020. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.