Jon Favreau Explains Why ‘Iron Man 2′ Is Better Than ‘Iron Man’

With the release of “Iron Man 2” only days away, early reviews of the film have already started to hit the ’Net.

However, “Iron Man 2″ director Jon Favreau is not only confident that fans will respond positively to the sequel — early box office projections have it within range of breaking the opening weekend record held by “The Dark Knight” — he also believes that his latest “Iron Man” film is even better than the original.

“I do prefer this one to the first ’Iron Man,'” Favreau revealed to MTV News. “But I think it’s because I just worked on this one. That’s the nature of being a filmmaker. They’re each your baby.”

“I feel very proud of what we were able to do,” he continued. “I like how we addressed the challenge of a successful first film. I like the way we added new characters and cast members. And I like the way that even though we have a lot of new characters, the storylines slowly weave into each other. By the end of the film, you have two storylines and then you have one big storyline. So it all ends that way.”

Favreau also expressed his approval about the way that “Iron Man 2″ sets the table for the next few movies from Marvel Studios.

“I like the way [’Iron Man 2′] sets up what could happen later with ’The Avengers’ and ’Thor’ and all of that stuff,” said Favreau. “I think it balanced out all of what needed to happen and there’s a sense of fun. It’s exciting [and] much more ambitious as far as the action and the visual effects.”

“I have to say, I’m very happy it’s done,” added Favreau. “I want to leave it alone and I think it’s the best version of the film that we could have had.”

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