Joss Whedon on the Short List to Direct The Avengers?

That’s the word from IESB, who stresses that this is not an April Fool’s joke. Whedon’s name is the second one to pop up in regards to the highly coveted (and most likely extremely stressful) gig, with “The Incredible Hulk” director Louis Leterrier having already thrown his hat publicly (and one presumes, behind-the-scenes via his “people”) into the ring to direct “The Avengers”.

The thing is, Whedon wouldn’t make a bad director at all. He’s already got the fanboy street cred thing, and he’s already directed a big-budget sci-fi actioner in “Serenity”. Plus, you an expect plenty of snappy banter between the heroes with Whedon at the helm, as he would no doubt take a crack at the Zak Penn “Avengers” screenplay before jumping onboard to direct.

So what do you think, fanboys: Joss Whedon on “The Avengers”? Whoever gets the job, the multi-superhero project is due out May 4, 2012.

Summer Glau approves of Joss Whedon directing The Avengers.