"Deadline New York reports that Marvel Studios is moving ahead with Joss Whedon as director of The Avengers. The site says he is now in final negotiations to helm the action adventure scheduled for a May 4, 2012 release.
The film would feature many of the lead actors involved in Marvel Studios adaptations right now, including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man films), Chris Evans (The First Avenger: Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and more.
Paramount Pictures will distribute the film.
Whedon's credits include 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' 'Firefly,' 'Angel,' Serenity, 'Dollhouse' and upcoming The Cabin in the Woods."
Of course, everyone "conveniently" forgets that he was one of the writers of... Toy Story. I know, what a shock, right? Considering his later projects, I imagine he wrote Sid's dialogue. I'm not a huge fan of his personal life, considering the man's an atheist (along with Seth Green and Seth MacFarlane). He also wrote a treatment for one of my favorite animated films (which is highly unseen), Atlantis: The Lost Empire.