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Jon Favreau

Though Jon Favreau was once at the head of the "Iron Man" franchise, there are no hard feelings between him and new director Shane Black. If anything, Black and Favreau owe debts to one another, as Black helped Favreau behind-the-scenes on "Iron Man" and Favreau has worked with him on this movie.

In a new interview, Favreau opened up about what it's been like working as an actor and executive producer on "Iron Man 3" instead of directing it. He told Access Hollywood he feels like the "grandfather" of the franchise.

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Jon Favreau

It's not a secret that filmmaker Shane Black helped Jon Favreau behind-the-scenes on the first "Iron Man" movie. Now, the roles are reversed: Black is the director of "Iron Man 3," and Favreau is the advisor in the shadows.

But Favreau's participation in Tony Stark's next adventure isn't just behind the camera; to hear Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige tell it, he's very much in front of the camera as Happy Hogan, Stark's bodyguard and old friend — and a very important player in "Iron Man 3."

"This is by far the biggest part that Happy has had in any of the films," Feige told MTV News during our recent chat with the Marvel chief. "He's just great in this."

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Cowboys and Aliens

It seems safe to say that "Cowboys & Aliens" was not the box office success director Jon Favreau hoped for. In a new interview, he opened up about why he didn't think the movie was as big a hit with audiences as "Iron Man" was.

"'Cowboys and Aliens,' it didn't bomb but it was definitely a 'pillow party,'" Favreau told the WTF Podcast, via Comic Book Movie. "You always feel this way about the latest project you've done but I feel like it's the most evolved work I've done. Plus, the experience of working with Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, 'Kurtzman and Orci' and Damon Lindelof and then Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, it was one of those things where when you achieve a certain amount of success, you're the expert. You're going to decide and give these platitudes of 'if it bends its funny.'"

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Iron Man 3

Jon Favreau might not be directing "Iron Man 3" like he did its predecessors, but his presence will still be felt on this film. Not only will he be reprising his role as Happy Hogan in the new movie, he also helped new director Shane Black make sure this film keeps with the continuity of "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2."

"I owe sort of a debt to [Jon] Favreau I have to carry on what he started without violating it -- at the same time bringing sort of my own enhancement if I can," Black admitted in an interview with Wired. "He's been helping me, giving me tips and advice along the way, so this is a guy who's been enormously generous with his time given that he's not directing. Still around, and still wants to be in it. He's just been so gracious that I can say nothing but good things about how helpful he's been. That said, yeah, it's going to look a little different."

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Jon Favreau

Without Joss Whedon, "Marvel's The Avengers" would not be the success that it was. But without Jon Favreau, we wouldn't have even gotten to the "Avengers" stage of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Though Favreau has since passed off the directing reins on the "Iron Man" franchise to Shane Black, he remains "very involved" in the upcoming sequel (as well as other Marvel movies) as a producer. Speaking with Crave Online, Favreau expressed his pride in the work Marvel has done over the past several years, and the work still to come.

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Jon Favreau won't be back in the director's chair for "Iron Man 3," but that doesn't mean he won't be backing ol' Shellhead up on the big screen.

The third "Iron Man" movie (and the fifth Marvel movie to feature Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark) is getting some extra star power in the form of Favreau himself, returning in the fan-favorite role of Tony's bodyguard and buddy, Happy Hogan. Heat Vision broke the news last night, which was later confirmed by Favreau's own Twitter account.

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"Iron Man 3" won't see Jon Favreau returning to the director's chair, but that doesn't mean he's not involved. Far from it — in a new interview, Favreau said that he's "very involved on that one."

"I've already been talking to [director Shane Black, Robert Downey Jr and Marvel] and I feel a tremendous connection to that franchise and that character," Favreau told THR of the level of his involvement with the next "Iron Man" movie. "I'm very proud to see it moving forward in a way that reenforces that story."

Favreau added that filming is set to start in the next couple of weeks, and that Black and Downey are already cooking up some great stuff for Tony Stark's next adventure.

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Batman

The "Dark Knight Rises" prologue bows on December 16, but a lucky few have already seen the highly anticipated six-minute sequence from Christopher Nolan's last Batman movie. MTV News staff writer Kara Warner was on hand, for instance. (She is now my mortal nemesis, by the way, but that's neither here nor there!)

But it wasn't just select journalists who got to see the "Dark Knight" prologue a little bit early. A special Los Angeles screening was apparently held for some of Hollywood's elite, based on late-night and early-morning Twitter activity from directors like Jon Favreau and Edgar Wright. See what they thought of the "Dark Knight Rises" footage in today's special edition of the Twitter Report.

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Cowboys & Aliens

Modern mainstream movie posters have long lacked the artistic aim of their vintage predecessors, and Mondo, an art house collecting different artists takes on pop culture posters, plays a part in changing that. Jon Favreau became a fan after working with Mondo on campaigns for "Iron Man" and had to have the collective on hand for his summer action flick “Cowboys & Aliens”.

In late July, Mondo released the first of four limited edition “Cowboys & Aliens” posters, featuring artists chosen by Favreau. Next week, the last poster will be released in celebration of the “Cowboys & Aliens” Extended Edition on Blu-ray Combo Pack. You can see it right now after the jump.

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Iron ManWith "The Avengers" just about wrapped, Robert Downey Jr. is ready to talk "Iron Man 3."

“My sense of it is that we need to leave it all on the field — whatever that means in the end,” he told The Los Angeles Times. “You can pick several different points of departure for that.”

Fortunately he's still got two years until the movie hits theaters, and that leaves plenty of time for him and writer/director Shane Blake to figure out how "Iron Man 3" will continue on from where Jon Favreau left off in the previous two films. It also needs to transition from "The Avengers" back to the single-hero Marvel film.

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