Months of speculation have come to an end today as Deadline Hollywood Daily broke the news that Joss Whedon of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly” fame is currently in final negotiations to direct The Avengers. The Marvel Studios film will feature an all-star cast of Marvel superheroes including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and SHIELD leader Nick Fury. The aforementioned heroes are already cast in their respective roles with either previously released or upcoming films of their own. In case you haven’t been following this ridiculously closely like everybody else on the net, those stars are Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
The Avengers will mark only the second film for Joss Whedon’s director canon after theÂ mildly successful 2005 film Serenity. This announcement has fanboys web-wide jumping for joy, but it likely means absolutely nothing for the typical movie-going public. In this case it will be the stars that inflate the box office, not the director.
Personally I don’t have a particular opinion of the works of Mr. Whedon, being only casually familiar with Buffy and having never seen “Firefly” or Serenity. I caution everybody who is rejoicing at this argument. Of the heroes to be included in The Avengers, only Iron Man has had its own movie released so far. If the upcoming films Thor, Captain America, and the Iron Man sequels are not successes, the momentum for The Avengers could be derailed fast.
What do you think of Whedon stepping aboard? Good? Overrated?
[Source: Deadline Hollywood Daily]