10 years ago the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicked off with Jon Favreau’s Iron Man. The film kickstarted what has become a successful critical and financial venture for Marvel Studios. Iron Man introduced the concept of a larger world in its film with its post-credit scene, something that some hardcore fans had missed upon their initial viewing of the film. The post-credit scenes have become synonymous with the MCU, but Iron Man director Jon Favreau says that the first post-credit scene, which featured Samuel L. Jackson’s debut as Nick Fury, was “a bit of a lark” and “wasn’t in the script originally:”
“That was a bit of a lark. I wanted to include Easter eggs that the fans would appreciate and we thought the idea of a post-credit scene it could be fun. It was something that wasn’t really in the script originally. But I thought the idea of Nick Fury being Sam Jackson would be really fun, because when Nick Fury was reimagined in The Ultimates (comic book) they recast him as Sam Jackson, and I thought that that would be a really good nod to the audience. And Kevin was way into it, too. Kevin really lit up. We worked on that dialog together. We were very careful how we selected the words. ‘You’re part of a bigger world now, a bigger universe,’ and ‘the Avengers Initiative,’ laid breadcrumbs for what was to come. We had the idea that we would somehow group these characters together, that was part of what would happen, but a lot of things had to go right for that to happen, so we were really just laying out a basic mission statement of purpose, to show our intent, and thinking that the few people who would linger in the theater would be the ones who would appreciate it most.”
Favreau sometimes isn’t given enough credit for his contributions to the MCU. Some see him as Happy Hogan, but then forget that he was an integral part of forming the modern day MCU we know today. If Iron Man hadn’t been as successful as it was, the idea of the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War may not have existed at all (Could you imagine that?). If anything, the statement just shows how much of a creative genius Favreau is and also demonstrates how Kevin Feige works along with MCU directors really well.
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SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly
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