Jon Favreau is returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Variety, sources have told them that the actor/writer/director will reprise the role of Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) friend and personal driver, Happy Hogan, for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Marvel and Sony have apparently declined to comment on the news.
The last time Favreau played the character was in Iron Man 3 back in 2013. His appearance in the new Spider-Man movie will mark the first time he has appeared in a Marvel film that’s not titled Iron Man. Favreau also directed the first two installments in the franchise and has recently helmed Disney’s live-action Jungle Book.
The movie, directed by Cop Car helmer Jon Watts from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, is currently filming in Atlanta and stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spidey, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and Michael Keaton as the Vulture. Sony’s Amy Pascal and Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige are producing.
Spider-Man: Homecoming also stars Zendaya as (apparently) Mary Jane Watson, Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, Bokeem Woodbine as Herman Schultz /Shocker, Michael Chernus as Phineas Mason /Tinkerer, as well as Logan Marshall-Green, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly and Kenneth Choi as Principal Morita. This is the second MCU role for Choi, who played one of the Howling Commandos, Jim Morita, in Captain America: The First Avenger.
We've known for a while that Robert Downey Jr. was returning in the role of everyone’s favorite genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, Tony Stark, in Homecoming, but the addition of Favreau as Happy Hogan in Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man movie is an unexpected (albeit pleasant) surprise, since he's been pretty much MIA from the two Avengers movies and Captain America: Civil War.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into theaters on July 7, 2017.