Joss Whedon Close To Directing Marvel’s ‘Avengers’

by | April 13, 2010 at 6:26 PM | The Movies

In news that’s sure to stoke the fanboy flames of joy and rapture, or at least dweeby hand-flapping twitterpation, Joss Whedon looks to be all set to sign on as the director of Marvel Studios’ upcoming film version of The Avengers, their flagship team of superheroes. The idea would be to gather all of the heroes from Marvel’s movies – i.e. Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor, as well as Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury {and maybe Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Don Cheadle’s War Machine or Edward Norton’s Hulk?) – and put them together to fight a global threat.

Whedon has good experiences with Marvel Comics, as he wrote a highly-acclaimed run of The Astonishing X-Men as well as installments of the teen hero book The Runaways. Yet he’s also had a bad experience trying to get a comic book movie going before, as his attempt to translate Wonder Woman into a film franchise was rejected by Warner Bros. Marvel is the one setting the pace in the genre these days, however, and they seem to know what they’re doing with their clear plan to gear this unprecedented saga up for the summer of 2012.

Here’s a clip from Whedon’s directorial debut, Serenity, which was an adaptation of his ill-fated yet much-beloved sci-fi western series Firefly. See if you think he’s got the chops.