Alright, Avengers fans, I hope you also like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dollhouse, and "Joss" as a name, because it looks like geek beloved writer/director Joss Whedon is going to end up directing the Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk team-up film The Avengers. Variety confirms:
Marvel Studios is wrapping up a deal for Whedon to helm "The Avengers," which assembles the superheroes in one pic on May 4, 2012, that Paramount will distrib. Whedon will also rework Zak Penn's script.
The creator of series like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," "Firefly" and more recently "Dollhouse," all for Fox, has been close to helming a superhero pic before, namely "Wonder Woman" for Joel Silver at Warner Bros., but Whedon wound up ankling the project due to creative issues.
"Serenity" is his sole film directing credit.
"The Avengers" extends Whedon's long relationship with Marvel. He wrote for the comicbook company's "Astonishing X-Men" series.
"The Avengers" would star Robert Downey Jr. (as Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Hemsworth (Thor) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury). Edward Norton may also return as the Hulk.
For someone with predominantly television experience, Whedon has got a big job ahead of him. How is he going to end up getting a feature film prematurely canceled?