Joss Whedon To Direct Marvel’s ‘Avengers’

It seems the prayers of geeks everywhere are going to be answered as Joss Whedon is reportedly in final negotiations to direct The Avengers movie for Marvel Studios. This comes after rumors have been circulating for weeks that the Buffy, Firefly and Dollhouse creator was on the short list of possible helmers that would take on the project.

Marvel’s Avengers is to be a massive superhero team-up film featuring characters such as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Nick Fury and many others all assembling to fight bad guys and rally to save the world. Needless to say this film will be a huge undertaking for all involved and a giant, expensive release for Marvel.

I have to say that this news is still somewhat surprising given Whedon’s track record. His shows (Dollhouse, Firefly) get canceled by the networks, his one decent-sized feature film, Serenity, performed modestly at the box office and he seems to have a tendency to get kicked around a bit by “the powers that be” in Hollywood — which, of course, is one of the reasons fan’s love him. However, he is a tremendously talented writer, of that there is no doubt. Plus, he can direct.

It just seems like a very large and important project for a studio to take a chance on someone that’s never done a very large project before. Hollywood is not known for taking chances. They definitely prefer as much of a sure thing as they can get. And make no mistake, if Whedon is getting this job, somebody is taking a chance.

That said, I firmly believe he can do it and do it extremely well. He’s a smart, talented and thoughtful man. Plus, I’m just pretty damn psyched for the idea. I’m just still sorta amazed its actually happening. Maybe some of those “powers that be” in Hollywood are not as lame as I thought?

How about you guys? Do you think Joss Whedon is the right man to direct The Avengers? Assemble and sound off in the comments.

  • Mike Dougherty
    April 14, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I think it’s a brilliant idea. The studios share equal blame for the failures, but are we forgetting the Buffy ran for what…eight seasons and Angel ran for five?

    Marvel is taking chances…they did with Jon Favreau on Iron Man and it paid off big. They are doing it with Chris Evans as Captain America and, if given the same love as Iron Man, it looks to do well. Joss loves this content, remember he’s written for Marvel, and I know he’ll bring the same love as Favreau did and do the piece amazing justice.

  • Hal (GT)
    April 14, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Hopefully he can pull it off. I like Whedon, but pulling these kind of superheroes together into one film and making it a great movie is going to be tough I think.

  • Tore Simonsen
    April 13, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    It’s time to save Dollhouse.

    http://toresimonsen.wordpress.com

  • Joss Whedon to Direct Marvel's "The Avengers" | Canucklehead Entertainment Reviews
    April 13, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    […] the current Buffy The Vampire Slayer binge I’m on, I was excited to find out here that Joss Whedon is in final negotiations to direct Marvel’s Avengers movie that they have […]

%d bloggers like this: