Variety has just reported that Marvel Studios is finalizing a deal that will make Joss Whedon the director of the Avengers movie planned for May 4, 2012. The only big screen picture Whedon has directed before is Serenity, but he has a history with creating and writing comics, and he is awesome. Oops, did I suddenly stop being objective there? Well, Marvel is making a deal that is sure to have the geek world psyched.
Whedon will be doing rewrites on the script that Zak Penn (who worked on the X2, X3, and The Incredible Hulk screenplays) penned. The cast will include Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, and possibly Edward Norton returning as the Hulk. Iron Man 2 is due out this May 7, and Thor and The First Avenger: Captain America are due out May 6 and July 22, 2011, respectively.