That’s according to Deadline, who says that the “Buffy” and “Firefly”/”Serenity” fanboy fave is currently in negotiations to helm Marvel Studio’s big-budget live-action superhero uber team. Fanboy rumblings of Whedon directing “The Avengers” surfaced earlier this month, but at that time it was just a rumor. Not anymore. According to Deadline, Whedon is in “final negotiations” for the directing gig, so if you’re prone to squealing, I would just get it over now, cause it looks like this will actually happen. Marvel is currently keeping mum, but expect it all to be official by the end of the week.
Although he’s only done one feature-length movie in his career, Whedon does have an extensive TV resume. Also, “Serenity” has proven that Whedon is capable of handling an ensemble movie, and granted, while Mal and crew don’t exactly equal larger-than-life superheroes, Whedon has shown he’s more than capable of handling a lot of characters in a sci-fi, action-packed setting. Plus, the dialogue will be really snappy and such, and as is his wont, you can probably expect a familiar face or two (or a dozen) from the stable of Whedon regulars. Oh let’s admit it, an Eliza Dushku cameo (possibly in spandex) would just be the bees knees.
It is expected that “The Avengers” movie will eventually unite Marvel’s crop of big-budget cinematic superheroes, including sure bets Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (the newly minted Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and scrappy soldier/spy Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Rumor has it that The Hulk will fit in there somewhere, either as another member or possibly as the super squad’s first “villain”.
Whoever ends up on the team, the Avengers assemble on the big screen for the very first time in May 2012.