Favreau To Produce “Avengers: Infinity War”

He basically started the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he directed the first two “Iron Man” films. Now, “The Jungle Book” helmer Jon Favreau is returning to the fold, confirming to Digital Spy that he has signed on to executive produce the two-part “Avengers: Infinity War” saga which Anthony Russo and Joe Russo are directing. Favreau tells the outlet:

“I’m going to be executive producing the Avengers films with the Russo brothers, which I’m very excited about. I talk to them about it all the time. I’ve worked both in front of and behind the camera with Marvel and I really love what they’re doing right now. It’s a really exciting time to be over there. I’ve seen a rough cut of Civil War and it’s fantastic. We’re constantly looking for things to do together. And now I’m freed up.”

The interview comes as Joe Russo elaborates on comments made by Marvel’s Kevin Feige last week saying that the ‘fourth phase’ of Marvel’s universe – essentially the post-“Infinity Wars” films – will be “very different”. Russo tells EW that those changes begin with the third phase:

“You build things up and people enjoy the experiences you’ve built up. But then you kind of reach an apex or you reach a climax, a moment where you go, ‘This structure is really going to start to be repetitious if we do this again, so what do we do now?’ So now, you deconstruct it. We’re in the deconstruction phase with ‘Civil War’ and leading into ‘Infinity War,’ which are the culmination films.”

“Captain America: Civil War,” which kicks off the third phase, opens around much of the world next week and in the United States on May 6th. A new Audi tie-in commercial for the film shows off new Black Panther footage, check that out below: