Sounds like some other director will be hollering "Avengers Assemble!" to peel a gaggle of high-paid actors away from the craft services table: Jon Favreau confirms to MTV News that he won't be directing Marvel Studios' big movie mash-up of its various superhero franchises. As reported at MTV's Splash Page blog, Favreau says he won't be available to direct the Avengers film, though he is one of its executive producers and will have a hands-on role in that regard. Moreover, Favreau argues that his years-long immersion in Iron Man's "tech-based" milieu might have made him a poor choice to bridge the gap with, say, the Lord of the Rings mysticism and Shakespearean grandeur of Kenneth Branagh's upcoming Thor movie. Which is a good point, now that I think of it: The Avengers movie will most likely include three relatively realistic super-science-based heroes (Iron Man, Captain America, and the Hulk) and a Norse god. That's a tough row to hoe even in the wilder and woollier world of superhero comics.
Anyway, check out more from Favreau, including musings on potential cameos in Iron Man 2, at the link or in the video above.