Kevin Feige Reveals How Jon Favreau Saved Happy Hogan in ‘Iron Man 3’
There have been few characters as consistent in the MCU as a character who has literally been present since the beginning, yet, circumstances could have been very different as Kevin Feige reveals how Jon Favreau saved Happy Hogan in Iron Man 3
In 2008, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was born with the original Iron Man film; bringing to the forefront cinema the character of Tony Stark, and his journey from a narcissistic billionaire, to a narcissistic billionaire willing to fight crime in a high tech suit.
A character who proved to be one of the major recurring roles during that character’s entire tenure in the Marvel Universe was Happy Hogan; who was brought to life by the man behind the camera for the film, Jon Favreau.
Happy Hogan was Starks best friend, and would eventually grow into his role as a vital mentor for the young Peter Parker, guiding the hero into his role as Spider-Man, while also carrying on the legacy of Stark.
That all could have never happened, however, as the architect of the Marvel Universe spoke out recently on the planned death of the now-beloved character; as Kevin Feige reveals the story of how Jon Favreau saved Happy Hogan in Iron Man 3.
Reported by Collider.com, the Spider-Man: No Way Home premiere saw Feige first explain the story, stating, “Jon [Favreau] had a note- that is one of the most important notes he gave us at Marvel- which was, ‘What if Happy was severely injured but did not die?'”
The story was later corroborated by Favreau himself, stating, “They accommodated it, and I’m so happy I’ve been able to be there with Tom Holland since the beginning. He’s such a pleasure to work with, and Jon Watts [Director of the MCU Spider-Man trilogy] is incredibly talented.”
Favreau continued, “It’s just fun to continue this relationship [with the MCU[. It is a big part of my life, and these people are friends and also people I work with.”
It is unfathomable to conceive a world in which Happy no longer remained a presence in the MCU, considering how important he is to Spider-Man, and how adored he is by fans; Luckily, Favreau knew his character’s value, and Feige and company trusted his input enough.