Tuesday afternoon comic fans everywhere were hit with a serious blow. Jon Favreau announced that he won’t return to direct Iron Man 3, but will take on The Magic Kingdom for Disney instead. This came as a shock because he’s been behind the Iron Man machine from the very beginning and for the for him to leave this late in the game for another project just seems weird. Over at the Hero Complex, they got the opportunity to speak to Favreau about the logic behind his decision…

“Marvel and I both came of age together. The years that we shared were a pivotal experience. Kevin has a firm grasp on the many franchises and how they all interweave and I am happy that I had the opportunity to establish the world that these characters can now play in…. Iron Man has given me tremendous opportunities and Kevin and I are enjoying a lot of momentum in our careers thanks to the Iron Man films. I look forward to seeing what others can do playing in the same world.”

That doesn’t really tell us why he left. It’s just a generic, “thanks for your time” type of response. Over at ComicBookMovie, they reported that Favreau and star Robert Downey Jr. butt heads over the film because the actor was unhappy with the turn out of Iron Man 2. A top secret industry source stated,

“I think Robert Downey, Jr. blamed Jon Favreau. That’s why Downey dropped out of Cowboys and Aliens, because he didn’t want to work with Jon Favreau again. Also, by the way, it’s why Jon Favreau dropped out of The Avengers. I thought the odds of him directing Iron Man 3 were slim, and that proved right.

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, Iron Man 2 was nothing more than a huge trailer for The Avengers. Even though we don’t know what really went on behind closed doors, one thing’s for sure, Favreau’s out and Iron Man 3 is still scheduled to hit theaters on May 3, 2012. Will you be there?

Why do you think Favreau left Iron Man 3?