Joss Whedon Directs The Avengers? Iron Man, Captain America, Thor
According to Deadline, fanboy favorite Joss Whedon is in final talks to direct The Avengers, the epic 2012 film that will feature Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and SHIELD agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
Whedon has been rumored for this job for awhile, and is high on the fanboy wish-list. He's an interesting choice: despite his writing/producing TV series resume, his lone feature directing effort, Serenity, was not a hit.
Whedon has also done Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly.
After Iron Man 2, Marvel has three pictures left on a distribution deal with Paramount before it moves to Disney, and the studio has been churning them out. Iron Man 2 gets released in May, Captain America will begin shooting this summer in Europe, Thor is in production, and Marvel Studios just set Pete Sollett to direct Runaways, based on the comic book series created by Lost writer Brian K. Vaughan.
Whedon has written installments of Lost, so he knows how to make those superheros fly. Marvel has considered all of the individual superhero movies to be an intro to The Avengers, so their expectations of this one are large. The film will be released in the first weekend of May, 2012.