Well, this is pretty welcome news. Having not appeared in Marvel Cinematic Universe capacity since 2013’s Iron Man 3, it has been confirmed via Variety that Jon Favreau will reprise his role as Happy Hogan in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The longtime chaffeur/bodyguard of Tony Stark in his civilian guide, Happy was last seen in a hospital bed, having been sidelined for much of the third solo Iron Man after an encounter with James Badge Dale’s Extremis-enhanced Savin. By this point we’ll assume that he has recovered, being able to once again take his place by his boss’s side.
While we’re sure his role won’t be a huge one (look at everyone who’s been cast in that film already – there can’t be room for all of them to stand out, right?), it’s nice to have him back. One of the background characters who gives the universe its sense of familiarity, his inclusion is a welcome one.
His time off has been well spent, directing a couple of excellent films in Chef and The Jungle Book, but he’s always done well in his various low-key comedic roles. Moreover, having directed the original Iron Man – the film that kicked everything off as far as the MCU is concerned – it’s nice to see that he hasn’t been forgotten about.
Favreau joins a cast that already includes Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Marisa Tomei as May Parker, Michael Keaton as the Vulture, Zendaya as Mary Jane Watson, Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Bookeem Woodbine, Logan Marshall-Green, Hannibal Buress, Donald Glover, Angourie Rice, Laura Harrier and more.
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