Jon Favreau, the filmmaker who ushered in a major new chapter in superhero cinema, will be the closing-night special guest at the 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival and present a double feature of “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2.”
Perhaps no one in Hollywood understands the Comic-Con generation of film fans better than Favreau, whose “Iron Man” franchise brought home a billion-dollar success for upstart Marvel Studios and launched the cinematic universe that is now filling in with the films “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger” as well as next year’s “Avengers” project. Teaming with star Robert Downey Jr. and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, the director crafted a hero for the 21st century — Tony Stark, the irrepressible, genius tycoon who has no need for a secret identity but does have a stripper pole on his private jet. This summer, Favreau is mapping a new on-screen mythology with the sci-fi adventure ”Cowboys & Aliens,” which stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde and hits theaters on July 29. That project and his upcoming plans with Disney will be part of the on-stage discussion.
Tickets are now on sale for the Hero Complex Film Festival, which runs June 9-12 at the Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood (soon to be renamed the Chinese 6 Theatre; the venue is set to change hands). Los Angeles Times staff writer Geoff Boucher, the creator and lead writer of the award-winning Hero Complex website, will conduct the onstage interviews.
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