Joss Whedon, famed among a cabal of die-hard fanatics as the genius behind such projects as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, Firefly, and Angel, and by people like me who’ve never seen any of those as the guy who drank the nerve tonic from that Simpson’s episode, is reportedly in negotiations to direct comic-book super group The Avengers for Marvel. Deadline says:
I’m told Marvel Studios is in final negotiations for Buffy the Vampire Slayer series architect Joss Whedon to direct Marvel Studios’ The Avengers. That’s the fast-tracked film that would amount to an all-star team of Marvel superheros, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), as well as SHIELD leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
Well good luck with that, Joss. Setting up a guy known for making supposedly great shows that constantly get canceled to direct a notoriously difficult comic book adaptation (with a May 2012 release date) with characters who have separate backstories in multiple films that haven’t even been shot yet is almost a cruel joke. And he’s only directed one feature before. All things considered, don’t be surprised if Marvel yanks the football away right as he’s about to kick it and he falls in the gutter in the new clothes his mom bought him for picture day.