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CCI: Joss Whedon Confirms He’s Directing The Avengers

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Although many expected the official announcement to come Saturday during the Marvel Studios panel at Comic-Con International, Joss Whedon confirmed this afternoon that he is, indeed, directing The Avengers.

Asked about the film during the “Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries” panel with J.J. Abrams, Whedon responded: “That is not an official thing. But I’m making that an official thing: I’m directing The Avengers.”

Of course, Whedon’s involvement in Marvel’s ensemble film has been one of the worst-kept secrets in Hollywood. Reports emerged as far back as April that the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly was negotiating to helm the studio’s 2012 tent-pole film, but rumors began circulating long before. Although neither Whedon nor the studio commented on the speculation, everyone from Zack Whedon to Edward Norton’s agent had essentially confirmed it.

The Whedon-directed Avengers will star Joss Whedon, stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Samuel L. Jackson — but not Edward Norton. The new Hulk, who may or may not be Mark Ruffalo, is expected to be announced at Saturday’s panel in Hall H. Perhaps those long-running rumors about Nathan Fillion and Eva Longoria as Ant-Man and the Wasp will finally be put to rest then, too.

The Avengers opens on May 4, 2012.

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Comments

  • nickprc

    Joss Whedon vs Robert Iger

  • Lando

    I'm for this, just because I'm want Nathan Fillion as Ant-Man. But didn't Edgar Wright was in talks with Adrian Brody? Unless he gonna would be Scott Lang.

    I dunno, Whedon is a comic book fan, he knows the importance of this movie. It would be him saying “Hey, you have one of your own running this.” I say take it for what you will.

  • Brian from Canada

    Ugh. This is gonna suck. Much as I applaud Joss Whedon for his outstanding characters in Buffy and Angel, Whedon's too heavy handed a director when it came to making the episodes, and his pop culture dialogue is just too damn cheesy.

  • demoncat_4

    nice marvel finaly made it official. and hope by the time they announce who the hulk is and if ant man and wasp are int he film. Marvel and Joss also say they are going to try to include the vision and maybe some how scarlet witch also .

  • WarPig

    I don't think he's the right person for that job!

  • Taylorjt28

    Great choice for directing this cast of actors who are familiar with the characters they played in their previous movie roles. The Avengers will be the ultimate marvel movie if they pull it off, Unlike X-men…You now have a super powered team of heroes banding together to take on the ultimate adversary ( Hulk / Destroyer / ?? )THOR,CAPTAIN AMERICA, IRON MAN, BLACK WIDOW, NICK FURY, S.H.E.I.L.D., HAWKEYE, GIANT MAN or YELLOW JACKET, WASP, HULK. Adrian Brody would fit the Dr. Banner role perfectly…..this would be the perfect time to introduce BLACK PANTHER…hmmm? Maybe in the sequel.

  • Captainobviousdkfkd

    This was rumored months ago, obviously.

  • Ohyesiknowitall

    Please NO FILLION!!! Get somebody like Josh Lucas who not only can pull off the smug, arrogance of Pym but can also act.

  • Kindacrazy

    Joss Whedon would totally win against Robert, he and all his coworkers would just write him into a frenzy, plus, he's got plenty of fans to overpower him…