In an interview with MTV, Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau confirmed that he will not be directing The Avengers, which is due in theaters on May 4, 2012:
“They’ll have to [find a different director], because I’m not going to be available,” he explained. “It’s something I’m being the executive producer on, so I’ll definitely have input and a say.”
“It’s going to be hard, because I was so involved in creating the world of Iron Man and Iron Man is very much a tech-based hero, and then with ‘Avengers’ you’re going to be introducing some supernatural aspects because of Thor,” he continued. “How you mix the two of those works very well in the comic books, but it’s going to take a lot of thoughtfulness to make that all work and not blow the reality that we’ve created.”
Favreau also discussed Iron Man 2 and his film and other Marvel properties will tie-in to each other. You can watch the interview embedded after the jump.