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Iron Man Director Jon Favreau Responds to Scorsese's Marvel Criticisms

Unlike fellow Marvel filmmaker James Gunn, Jon Favreau doesn't seem to mind the harsh comments made by Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola regarding Marvel Studios films.

Favreau recently appeared on CNBC while promoting the upcoming Disney+ series, The Mandalorian, when the topic of Scorsese and Coppola's comments came up. "These two guys are my heroes, and they have earned the right to express their opinions,” Favreau said. “I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing if they didn’t carve the way. They served as a source of inspiration, you can go all the way back to Swingers.... They can express whatever opinion they like.”

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Favreau has served as director of both Iron Man and Iron Man 2, along with portraying Tony Stark's right-hand man Happy Hogan. Outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Favreau has directed many films, including 2014's Chef, 2016's the Jungle Book and 2019's The Lion King.

Created by Jon Favreau, The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog and Nick Nolte. The series debuts Nov. 12 on Disney+, the same date as the streaming service's official launch.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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