Happy Hogan, Jon Favreau character in the MCU, became a useful character for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, but things went almost very differently. According to Marvel boss Kevin Feige, Happy barely survived the events of Iron Man 3.
For those who don’t remember, in Iron Man 3, Happy was seriously injured in an explosion outside the TCL Chinese Theater by one of Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) ’s henchmen. He was still able to fully recover, but the initial script said he was supposed to die.
In an interview with comicbook.com, Feige and Favreau talked about what almost happened and why Happy’s fate changed.
“There was a bit of a difference in the script as the final movie, which was that Happy died,” Feige said. “Jon had a note – this is one of the most important notes he gave us at Marvel – which was, ‘What if Happy was seriously injured but did not die?’
“He is not lying! It’s true, it’s true, ”Favreau added. “They accommodated it, and I’m so glad I was part of this and was able to be there with Tom Holland from the beginning. He’s such a pleasure to work with, and [Spider-Man director] Jon Watts, who is incredibly talented, it’s just fun to continue this relationship [with Marvel Studios]. It’s a big part of my life, and these people are friends and also people I work with. ”
Favreau was one of the founding members of the MCU when he directed the first Iron Man, which officially started with the crazy, dominant entity that became the MCU today. If Iron Man was not as good as it used to be, who knows how else things could have gone.
“I have said it many times, the MCU would not be what it is without Mr Favreau,” Feige continues. “Of course Iron Man, of course everything’s there, but staying the heart and soul of Happy Hogan is what’s really great.”
After Iron Man 3, Happy has now appeared in all three Spider-Man movies and also had a brief appearance in Avengers: Endgame. He tends to play more of a comic cameo role, but it’s always great to see him pop up in any MCU project.
“Since like 2006 … it’s been a wonderful collaboration and friendship,” Favreau said. “It’s so great to be a part of the Spider-Man trilogy now, as well as the Avengers movies.”
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