Iron Man (2008) was the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film, and it introduced fans to a host of now-beloved characters, including Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau).
While Downey Jr. has said repeatedly that he has “done all I could” with Tony Stark and won’t return to the MCU, it seems that Favreau is rumored to be reprising his role as Stark’s closest confidante from the Iron Man trilogy.
Favreau previously returned as Happy in both Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).
According to a recent report by Murphy’s Multiverse:
…[Favreau] will indeed be returning as Happy Hogan for Spider-Man: No Way Home. It was almost certain that Favreau would be returning alongside the main cast of the previous two films, but due to COVID-19 and filming schedules, there were always doubts regarding his return to the franchise’s next installment. The full details regarding his role in this film remain unknown.
The report continued, sharing details about Happy’s burgeoning relationship with Peter Parker’s Aunt May:
Happy Hogan had a rather interesting side story in Far From Home, where both Happy and Aunt May (played by Marisa Tomei) developed a relationship that was played for laughs. At the end of the film, when confronted by Peter about the situation, Happy confessed that he actually did have feelings for Aunt May and believed that they were dating, while Aunt May only described the relationship as a “summer fling.”
Although it is not yet officially confirmed for Favreau to be returning to Kevin Feige’s MCU, the Mandalorian creator is hard at work on his ever-expanding corner of the Star Wars universe.
Favreau and Dave Filoni currently have four known Star Wars series in development — The Mandalorian Season 3 (starring Pedro Pascal as Din Djarin), Ahsoka (starring Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano), Rangers of the New Republic (rumored to feature the live-action debut of Star Wars Rebels pilot Hera Syndulla), and The Book of Boba Fett (starring Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett and Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand).
At this time, only Pascal has been confirmed for the third season of The Mandalorian. It is not yet known if other recurring characters, such as Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff), Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito), and Greef Karga (Carl Weathers) will be back.
The whereabouts of Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”) when the hit Star Wars show returns are also unclear at this time.
Only The Mandalorian’s “next chapter”, The Book of Boba Fett, currently has a release date. Showrunner Favreau has confirmed it is set to debut in December 2021 on the Disney+ streaming platform.
Favreau is also currently working on a follow-up to his CGI version of Disney’s The Lion King (2019).
Do you hope to see Jon Favreau back in front of the camera instead of behind-the-scenes on The Mandalorian?