Joss Whedon to direct The Avengers?

Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, is in final negotiations to direct the Marvel team-up movie The Avengers.

That’s according to a report by Mike Fleming at Deadline, who believes the fanboy favourite will soon be announced by Marvel as helmer of the highly anticipated ensemble flick.

For those not in the loop, The Avengers are a team of superheroes not unlike DC’s Justice League.

I’ve listed below the characters and actors that have been confirmed for The Avengers, with more to be announced in the coming months:

Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)
War Machine (Don Cheadle)
Captain America (Chris Evans)
Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)
Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson)
Thor (Chris Hemsworth)
Loki (Tom Hiddleston)

Although Whedon is best known as creator of the cult television shows Buffy, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse, he has certainly made his mark in cinema.

He began his career as a script doctor on films such as Speed and The Getaway, and even scored a screenwriting credit on Toy Story. In 2005, he directed the film Serenity (based on his series Firefly) to much critical acclaim.

Does he have the chops to helm a massive action film like this? Well, as fans of his already know, Whedon knows how to work with an ensemble. And he’s no slouch with action either. If Jon Favreau can direct a satisfying superhero film, no doubt Whedon also can.

The Avengers opens May 2012. Hopefully we’ll receive confirmation on Whedon’s hiring in the coming weeks.

Discuss: Well, this must certainly make up for that Buffy film being made without Whedon’s involvement. Would you rather see Whedon direct The Avengers, or make a feature-length sequel to Dr Horrible?

5 Responses to “Joss Whedon to direct The Avengers?”

  1. Holy guacamole! This is the best news I've heard regarding this Avengers film since they first announced it. While Jon Favreau has been great (so far) on Iron Man, Joe Johnston on Captain America leaves me feeling nervous. But Joss Whedon is a sure thing in my book.

  2. Whedon can do no wrong. 🙂

  3. Let's hope FOX doesn't find a way to cancel this project. I mean I know they're not involved but it's FOX…

  4. Whedon is the man. Shame he's not involved in the script. He has a sardonic wit!!

  5. But, but, but Chris Evans is The Human Toooooooorrrrcchhhhh. He can't be two different super heroes. Shame on you for being so greedy Chris Evans!In other news, Dr Horrible should definitely be made into a feature film, it would have a mass underground cult following, and would also recruit new fans who, for some reason, haven't realised that it exists!

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