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April 14, 2010

Geek Out!: Joss Whedon to direct 'Avengers'

Posted: 08:36 AM ET
Writer/director Joss Whedon
Writer/director Joss Whedon

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Joss Whedon, creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Firefly" and "Dollhouse," not to mention one of the biggest geek icons in Hollywood, has been tapped to direct the "Avengers" movie, Variety reports. Commence dance of joy in 5, 4, 3...

But seriously, this is probably one of the smartest moves Marvel Studios has made in its short history - yes, even smarter than hiring Jon Favreau to direct "Iron Man."

"The Avengers," for the uninitiated, is Marvel Comics' supergroup of heroes, in this case consisting of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk. In short, it is potentially the Marvel Comics superhero movie to end all Marvel Comics superhero movies.

Robert Downey, Jr. will, of course, play Iron Man, along with Chris Evans, recently signed to play Captain America in the movie of the same name. Chris Hemsworth will take on the role of Thor, after his own movie in 2011. (One big question mark is whether Ed Norton, who reportedly refused to promote 2008's "The Incredible Hulk" due to a dispute with producers, will return as the Hulk.)

One need look no further than the t-shirts that say "Joss Whedon is My Master Now" to see why this is a genius move by Marvel. The core fanbase will now be itching to see what Whedon does with "Avengers," especially after his well-received feature directorial debut for "Serenity" (box office receipts notwithstanding).

He can more or less do no wrong among his fanbase (myself included, though the early episodes of "Dollhouse," and a couple of seasons of "Buffy" and "Angel" left much to be desired).

What's left to determine? How closely will this movie adhere to some of Whedon's signatures: Will the Mighty Thor burst into song, a la "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog?" Will one or more major characters get killed out of nowhere in the last third of the movie?

Exactly how much of Amy Acker or Alan Tudyk will be in it (the correct answer is "as much as possible")?

Alright, Whedonites (and Whedon detractors): What do you think of this announcement? Are you as psyched as I am... and a little worried, since Whedon was supposed to direct "Wonder Woman" once upon a time? Sound off in the comments below!

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Tore Simonsen   April 14th, 2010 9:22 am ET

It is time to save Dollhouse

Shawna F.   April 14th, 2010 10:02 am ET

Love Whedon and all of his shows and it should be great as long as he stays away from the super heros fighting crime while singing!

Ben   April 14th, 2010 10:05 am ET

This news has put a smile on my face. Joss's skill is in taking material that's been overdone-to-death (the vampire genre, the super-spy) and making them over to seem fresh and shiny. He's also one of the sharpest dialogue writers out there today, which he never seems to get enough credit for (even those Buffy and Angel seasons you talk about being let down by, as ridiculous as the plots became, the writing remained tight and interesting.) Joss has proved he can work this magic with comic book characters during his refreshing run on 'Astonishing X-Men'– I have yet to read his stint on 'Runaways'. If he can continue the job Brian Michael Bendis started years ago, the Avengers might not be another comic book disastadaption, but rise to the level of relevancy again.

Crimson   April 14th, 2010 10:06 am ET

Nathan Fillion as Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym oherwise known as Ant-Man.. It better happen.

Mr. Lamen   April 14th, 2010 10:15 am ET

Chris, Christopher Nolan is a very good director...don't get me wrong but he wrote a terrible movie in the Dark Knight. There were SO many holes in that plot. I don't want his storytelling anywhere near this movie. Joss actually writes comic books and knows more about the Avengers than Nolan could ever learn in this short period of time before production begins. So let the grown ups talk here, and go back to tending to your Heath Ledger fan club. ;)
Nathan Fillion as Ant Man would be fantastic Crimson!

Skeleigh   April 14th, 2010 10:17 am ET

I couldn't be more excited for this. Joss Whedon's writing with Robert Downey, Jr.'s delivery? Classic!

Stewart   April 14th, 2010 10:21 am ET

Joss is kind of like the Babe Ruth of directing/producing. When he hits, it's amazing and out of this world, but when he misses, he misses big. I don't know how he will do with this movie. It will be interesting to see.

Jeremy L   April 14th, 2010 10:30 am ET

Whedon already did a superhero movie; it was called Dr. Horrible. It consisted of a superhero that was a jerk, in Nathon Fillion, who spoiler warning: dies at the end. I think it might be safe to say based on this that Joss Whedon HATES superheroes. Will Iron Man die in the end? Will Captain America be a complete jerk?

I would however like to see Dr. Horrible as the villain. We need NPH.

Loren in CA   April 14th, 2010 10:32 am ET

Whedon's successes to date have been with material he's created. It will be very interesting to see what happens when he works with someone else's characters and concepts. I'm looking forward to it.

Katie   April 14th, 2010 10:33 am ET

SWEET! Go Joss, choose Joss. :)

Bubba   April 14th, 2010 10:34 am ET

Without Steed and Mrs. Peel, it will fail.

jason   April 14th, 2010 10:41 am ET

I have been a fan of Whedon's work ever since I saw Serenity and then got into Firefly. That show had soo much potential, it was much better than any show the SC-fi channel has had in a long time. I am sure he will do a good job. Nathan Fillion is a cool actor and I am sure would bring some good humor and class to any role he is offered.

Mr. NOT Lame-n   April 14th, 2010 10:51 am ET

Joss Whedon is an overrated writer and a terrible director. Marvel effed up with this one.

Michael L   April 14th, 2010 10:52 am ET

Phenomenal news!!! To answer the question of how much of Alan Tudyk will be in it? I'm venturing a guess (and would put money on it) that he gets cast as Ant Man ... just saying, he kinda resembles him. If not, they'll all have cameos.

I had a geekgasm when I read this yesterday on a different site. Joss is my Master!

Whedon-Girl   April 14th, 2010 10:56 am ET

Squeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!! So very exciting.

TwM   April 14th, 2010 11:00 am ET

Terrible choice:
Over rated writer and a low level Director.
I can guarantee this movie will start off as a blockbuster due to Downey Jr. and fizzle quickly once seen and word of mouth spreads about the holes in the plot, the terrible directing etc.
Marvel/Disney goofed on this one. Would have been better to have Mickey mouse Direct this rather than Whedon.

Thoroughbred of Sin   April 14th, 2010 11:02 am ET

Jeremy L.–Don't know what Dr. Horrible you watched, but Nathan Fillion's Captain Hammer did NOT die at the end.

Lynnth   April 14th, 2010 11:07 am ET

In a word – Shiney :)

OrUnreality   April 14th, 2010 11:12 am ET

Rock on. Maybe he'll be able to save this movie. I've become increasingly frustrated with how my favorite comics are being pimped out and mutilated in these movies. They want to take pieces of years of good storylines and splice them all together into two hours – while simultaneously removing all substance, character development, and resemblance to the actual comics themselves. And adding Disney to the mix? I vowed never to watch comic-based movies again. But I may make an exception for this one.

Here's to hoping that even if he doesn't get all the details right, he still puts out an incredible movie with a cast that actually has chemistry together, and his signature intelligent banter and timing.

SCor   April 14th, 2010 11:12 am ET

This should be interesting =) And I am confident Marvel will not allow Joss to kill off anyone significant. Fact is these aren't "his" characters and there is too much money involved to let a multi-million dollar asset get killed off.

Greedo   April 14th, 2010 11:22 am ET

Joss' forehead is long.

Casey   April 14th, 2010 11:27 am ET

Wasn't Joss involved in the writing of the first Toy Story? Surely nobody can say that the script for that movie wasn't fantastic...

DGS   April 14th, 2010 11:34 am ET

Don't count your chickens.... Joss was slated to direct the Wonder Woman movie but proved to be too creative for the producers and was replaced. One can only hope that the suits driving Marvel franchise are smarter than the DC geniuses who blew the opportunity to let the man with real imagination create something special for them.

Chad   April 14th, 2010 11:35 am ET

Uhg! Nearly the worst possible news. The only thing worse would be if the movie was canceled.

Chrissy   April 14th, 2010 11:45 am ET

YAY! Being a Geek, this is awesome news
Anyone who think joss is a over rated writer and a low level director, you want everything simple cause you brain cant handle high class work.

Im sure that Joss will do a awesome job!!!! Congratz Joss, make us geek proud!!!!

PS... Please put Nathan in the movie. I need some shinie!

Robyn   April 14th, 2010 11:46 am ET

I agree totally-SHINEY!!!

Scott   April 14th, 2010 11:59 am ET

No! No, no no! Why did they have to do this? The guy is a terrible writer, a terrible director, and a terrible creator. For God's sake he created Alien Resurrection, the worst film in the history of film making (worst than Manos, The Hands of Fate), Firefly and Serenity sucked. I can't believe Marvel did this, it just saddens me. Favreau would have been a far better director.

Lisa   April 14th, 2010 12:04 pm ET

I'm a huge fan of all his shows so that will be the only reason I see the movie. Doubt I would have considered it otherwise.

Taylor Youngsma   April 14th, 2010 12:05 pm ET


Michael   April 14th, 2010 12:11 pm ET

No! The guy who f&*^d up the X-Men comic books with some of the worst writing ever gets to direct Avengers? What's he going to do, make the Wasp an edgy pseudo-lesbian and have Ant-Man swear in Mandarin? It will $ell ticket$, but it is going to be a disaster.

The Truth   April 14th, 2010 12:12 pm ET

For some reason Whedon creates great characters and universes, sucks us in and then destroys them. The Avengers are already created and the fan base is loyal and sucked in, it is logical he will proceed right to destroying them.

RS   April 14th, 2010 12:15 pm ET

Joss Whedon is doing it ? That ought to be cool. I loved Serenity, especially when Wash tells Mal that the landing is going to get interesting, Mal says "Define interesting." And Wash very deadpan says "Oh God ! Oh God ! We're all gonna die ?" That cracked me up. Serenity was definitely an awesome movie. I hope Joss does justice to the Avenger movie. I think Edward will reprise his role as the Incredible Hulk. I don't see why he won't. And I agree with Chrissy, please put Nathan in. He needs to be in there somehow. He just has to be.

kuraban   April 14th, 2010 12:25 pm ET

Awesome news. Just awesome. I wasn't a fan of Buffy or Angel, mainly because of the genre, but anyone who says that Firefly/Serenity weren't up there with the greatest in the Sci-fi genre clearly haven't watched them. I'm already looking forward to this, and possibly even moreso now.

Tisha   April 14th, 2010 12:31 pm ET

Awesome!!! Just as long as it doesn't go to whatever limboland Wonder Woman got lost in...

Jeremy L   April 14th, 2010 12:39 pm ET

@Thoroughbred of Sin

My mistake. I forgot he became unfrozen. But the point still remains. Whedon is not a fan of regular superheroes.

bulldust   April 14th, 2010 12:42 pm ET

Am I missing something here? He signed on to direct not write. That's great that he is one of the sharpest dialogue writers out there but he won't be writing this. Unless they invovle him in the writing proccess of which there is no indication so far, he will just put directing someone elses work. There is a lot of people that think unelss Joss has full creative control his past efforts don't turn out so good. Guess we will have to wait and see.

mattmchugh   April 14th, 2010 12:43 pm ET

Personally, I've never much liked Whedon's work. I'm hoping his attachment to this fizzles like "Wonder Woman" did, and someone else gets the job. Why not give the creative team involved in the excellent "Ultimate Avengers" cartoon DVDs a crack at the feature film? Whedon is just directorial stunt-casting by Marvel.

Oh... and if you want my vote for who should pick up the "Wonder Woman" film project? Kathryn Bigelow! Now that's some directorial stunt-casting!

– mm

Lady Di   April 14th, 2010 12:43 pm ET

Anytime I see Joss' name on a project, I'm thrilled. Believable dialogue, interesting characters, intriguing storylines . . . yeah, This is great!

Jason   April 14th, 2010 12:49 pm ET

This is the biggest mistake since letting Bret Rattner Direct X-Men 3! This guys is a complete hack, hasn't done anything even worth mentioning since Buffy! Well in the end Marvel will see what hiring this hack is going to cost them!

Michael   April 14th, 2010 12:50 pm ET

Shiney!!! Looking forward to Joss' wit...

Pamela   April 14th, 2010 12:53 pm ET

I agree w/ Lisa, probably wouldn't have bothered; now I'll have to go see it. Congrats to Marvel; smart move. Go Joss!

rham   April 14th, 2010 1:03 pm ET

So there really is a chance David Boreanaz get to play capitan america. Especaily with the director chosen. David would be perfect fot that part, just look at that jaw line.

Ron   April 14th, 2010 1:11 pm ET

After reading the headline, I thought, " Wow, they're bringing back John Steed and Emma Peel." Oops, there's that age thing again.

Hey Joss, how about putting those two in the flick as cameos? Just for us confused old folks.

Adam   April 14th, 2010 1:12 pm ET


Julzrael   April 14th, 2010 1:14 pm ET

YES! YES! I wouldn't have seen it before this announcement (though Robert Downey Jr is at least a demi-god) – I am so happy to see Joss doing another – well, anything at all! HAPPY DANCE! Woot!

Thanos   April 14th, 2010 1:16 pm ET

It already isn't like the comic because Cap wasn't an original founding member of the group. There is no mention above about Wasp or Giant man (later Ant Man – Dr. Pym)... I have had to resign myself to the fact that all of the Marvel movies are alternate reality takes on the characters...I just hope the writing doesn't suck. They way they are positioning it (from the end of the Incredible Hulk movie) is that this group of heros are going to solve the "green" problem for the army....already a totally different premise from the comic book...just write a good story line PLEASE!

Jeff   April 14th, 2010 1:27 pm ET

How come no one here knows how to spell "shiny" ?

Rickster   April 14th, 2010 1:31 pm ET

what? no ant man and the wasp? they were the original avengers.

pj253   April 14th, 2010 1:42 pm ET

Best news I have heard in a long time. Joss Whedon is one of the best writers around. Buffy and Angel changed television and the cancellation of Firefly remains listed as the #1 worst tv decision ever by critics. For all of you haters out there why don't you go read Astonishing X Men before you claim that Avengers will suck. That initial storyline got me back into reading comic books. Avengers will be amazing and Whedon's creativity will blow you away, promise.
Seriously, anyone who claims he isn't a good director or writer has the worst taste. Go watch gossip girl and keep your mouth shut.

Zig   April 14th, 2010 1:46 pm ET

Chris Hemsworth so not Thor... maybe his effeminate faced son... his face is not that of an Alpha... He has Beta-Face...

Denizen Kate   April 14th, 2010 1:49 pm ET

Shiny! I look forward to the trailers at ComiCon this summer!

blackdiscompose   April 14th, 2010 1:50 pm ET

This is soooo cool!!

Rayray   April 14th, 2010 1:52 pm ET

Shoulda got JJ ...

Zig   April 14th, 2010 1:52 pm ET

Chris Hemsworth so not Thor... maybe his effeminate faced son... His face is not that of an Alpha... He has Beta-Face...

It"s not as bad as Taylor Lautner Gay-face... But it is not the face of a Norse God... Can't anyone cast in Hollywood anymore?

Dan   April 14th, 2010 1:54 pm ET

I guess we can look forward to an 80-pound waif-y Wasp kicking all of the Masters of Evil with impunity while the men stand back and say “whoa”.

****in' Joss Whedon. SO SICK of his fetishistic adherence to this tired trope.

Jantrillo   April 14th, 2010 1:56 pm ET

I think it is going to be awesome. I wish it had more of the Avengers characters, but maybe this will give more time to focus on these four.
The director must be a genius...his forehead is HUGE!
Can't wait!

Zig   April 14th, 2010 1:59 pm ET

Alexander Skarsgård is a better choice for Thor... Just hire him a trainer and force another 20lbs of muscle on him...

Zig   April 14th, 2010 2:03 pm ET

Check it out... put 20 to 30 lns of muscle on this and you have thor...

Matt   April 14th, 2010 2:09 pm ET

For anyone who doesn't believe Joss would get to kill off a character in this movie, I might want to encourage you to ACTUALLY read the comics first before you speak such nonsense. Not one single character mentioned so far has not died at least once, (sometimes ALOt more then once) in the comics. That means, depending on the plot, a death is entirely possible.

Matt   April 14th, 2010 2:13 pm ET

Oh, and if the Hulk is the bad guy in this movie, it wont be against the plot line in the comics. The plot line for the Ultimates (also known as Avengers) had Cap as a founding member and the Hulk as the first real threat that team faced. PLEASE actually read the comics before you complain about the plot.

Chris   April 14th, 2010 2:14 pm ET

Joss Whedon is a dangerous choice to direct such a high-profile and big-budget movie. From a financial perspective, his movie "Serenity" flopped, his show "Dollhouse" was cancelled and I can't think of a big hit he's had... ever. Sure, Buffy was a fun show, but that was years ago.

I know Whedon has his fans, but if the majority of the public has shown disinterest in what he has to offer, that's a bad sign because you WANT the majority of the public to LOVE this movie.

Maybe he'll be great, but his track record, from a financial perspective, is important and studio heads seem to be ignoring this.

But I could be wrong and he could turn in an amazing film. I guess we'll see.

The Incredible Sulk   April 14th, 2010 2:20 pm ET

How much longer can we ignore bringing The Micronauts to the big screen? Would they be less of a box-office draw because of the puniness their name suggests? It's time to set this right. Best director for the job: I would suggest a new director collective the Davids ( Chronenberg, Lynch ).

Firefly-Gal   April 14th, 2010 2:22 pm ET

I am doing the dance of Joy as I speak. Happy happy news!!

Chuck   April 14th, 2010 2:30 pm ET

I love this choice. Joss is a fantastic writer and his style is very appealing. Although I have never been a fan of Dollhouse, I loved BTVS, Angel, and Firefly and thought his first full length effort with Serenity was more than admorable. Joss has flown under the radar for a long time. I think he will hit a home run with "The Avengers". I hope that eh lobbies for and lands some of his FOX regulars. I would love to see David Boreanaz, James Marsters, Nathan Filion, Adam Baldwin, Juliette Landau and some of the others in this movie in some capacity. Especailly BValdwin. I love everything that guy has been in...

Mike   April 14th, 2010 2:32 pm ET

Firefly was awesome.

Brandon   April 14th, 2010 2:55 pm ET

Huge mistake! Every feature film he has gotten close to has been a pure disaster.

Brian   April 14th, 2010 2:57 pm ET

Joss was exactly the right director with for this project. I had high hopes for The Avengers, now my faith is being justified. Speaking of Faith, it would be great if Eliza Dushku were in this movie.

Jennifer   April 14th, 2010 3:00 pm ET

Please dear God say Anthony Head will get involoved. So excited Joss will be directing. Buffy (series) was amazing!!!

Rodney   April 14th, 2010 3:05 pm ET

One thought: Christina Hendricks as Ms. Marvel...

You're welcome.

kc   April 14th, 2010 3:13 pm ET

Browncoats rejoice. Our savior has retrurned!

Yogret   April 14th, 2010 3:14 pm ET

Umm so Human Torch/Johnny Storm is cast as Captain America/Steve Rogers? Way to ruin any chance of an epic Marvel Comics movie...

Miranda   April 14th, 2010 3:15 pm ET

Spoiler alert, Whedon will kill off every character you get emotionally attached to...

luvtennis   April 14th, 2010 3:22 pm ET

Buffy (and Angel since they were part of the same created world) was the greatest show in the history of television and one of the great artworks of the postwar era. Whedon was operating on a level so far beyond what appears in most popular art that we lack a critical framework for assessing his work. Why do you think so many influential television critics rate it so highly. It's a show about a cute blond girl who kills vampires and demons with the help of her wacky scooby friends. Yet TV critics – who are usually a pretty self-important bunch – almost universally acknowledge the show's greatness. Given the subject matter and genre (which are routinely DISRESPECTED by critics), the critical acclaim for the show is incredible.

A number of our most prestigious universities teach Buffy as part of their literature courses. Of course, that doesn't mean that you should like it. . . . It does mean that there are those who take it very seriously.

Marvel is lucky to have Whedon.

But a Buffy movie is more important, Joss. Sarah, David, Allyson and Charisma (yes, you WILL bring back Cordelia – get over the fit of pique and recognize that she must return for the story to conclude sensibly – no way tomb-robbing Willow lets Cordy rot in the ground) are not getting any younger.

TORI   April 14th, 2010 3:23 pm ET

BEST.DAY.EVER. O and if alan tudyk is in it i bet ten bucks he dies before the end of the movie... Just sayin...

Peyton   April 14th, 2010 3:28 pm ET

I'm waiting for Avengers! The Musical!

Tim   April 14th, 2010 3:32 pm ET

Am i the only one in here who is noticing that the persons in this thread that are bashing Josh all sound like one person?

Spurgin   April 14th, 2010 3:40 pm ET

Tim, did you really just say JOSH?
All the Whedon fans will hurt you now...

Firefly76   April 14th, 2010 3:46 pm ET

Huge mistake! Every feature film he has gotten close to has been a pure disaster

Hey Brandon, FYI, Whedon was a screenwriter for Disney's Toy Story. Do you consider that a "pure disaster?" I don't!

Ed   April 14th, 2010 3:46 pm ET

Alan Tudyk = Antman

Stevo   April 14th, 2010 3:51 pm ET

You all are forgetting that directors do not write screenplays for movies. Sorry. No one will die at the end. And if they do, Joss Whedon says they deserve it.

Melissa   April 14th, 2010 4:05 pm ET

Buffy was the best show on TV. In fact they should bring it back, or make a new Buffy movie. That said, I am behind Joss Whendon projects. The man is talented! All my favorite episodes were written and directed by him.

I love the Avengers, and think he will do a great job. Also, I hope he still does Wonder Woman. He would be fantastic for that, and she is one of my favorite characters!

Spurgin   April 14th, 2010 4:06 pm ET

Maybe after the success and all-out awesomeness of this movie, Robert Downey Jr. will decide to make an Iron Man-like cameo in Dr. Horrible 2.

Okay probably not, but it would still be epic.

keiyume   April 14th, 2010 4:10 pm ET

Director does not equate to writer.

Joss is fantastic. I have always enjoyed his work with the exception of those pitiful seasons of Buffy and Angel (which mostly sucked because he had split attention and wasn't doing much of the writing). If you think all of his stuff is major cheese, just check out some of his Season 5 episodes of Angel (Hellbound, for one). He can write cross-genre fairly well.

But yeah, Joss loves making things shiny and then killing off a character immediately after. Jerk.

Grammar Boy   April 14th, 2010 4:11 pm ET

I think that I'm tired of seeing people think "all right" is one word (which is only correct if you're British, Australian, or Canadian). Other than that, this is a GREAT move.

Mark   April 14th, 2010 4:12 pm ET

Oh my stars and garters Thanos. Get over the "this isn't like the comic because..." Take the movie on it's own merits. The real emphasis ought to be on the story. We know the effects are there, and it looks as if the cast is shaping up nicely. It will all come down to a really good story, WITHOUT ANY CHEESE PLEASE!!!!!!

If the Ant-man and the Wasp get added in a meaningful way, then great, but make sure Cap, Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk get their characters developed fully.

Carolyn   April 14th, 2010 4:14 pm ET

I do believe Joss will go over and beyond on this one! Joss if by any chance you read this you are a absolute Genius!!!!

Perecorp   April 14th, 2010 4:14 pm ET

Dollhouse was one of the worst shows ever to appear on television!

Mark   April 14th, 2010 4:15 pm ET

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It's a word.

Traci   April 14th, 2010 4:22 pm ET

YES!!!! Joss Whedon is a genius. One of the genius things people forget-he wrote "Toy Story." As a Marvel fan, and a Whedon fan, this is a happy thing!!!!

zotquix   April 14th, 2010 4:27 pm ET

Sounds terrific. One thing we know about Joss is, if he can't make it work, he'll choose artistic integrity over staying to the bitter end. Hence, he didn't do Wonder Woman. Hands off Marvel!

MarileeBob   April 14th, 2010 4:31 pm ET

Shiney!!! This will be the most awesome movie in the entire 'verse!

Funny, I just watched Serenity (again) last night! "attention everyone, we might experience a little turbulance...then explode"

Craig   April 14th, 2010 4:49 pm ET

Great. Now instead of a series that flops after a few seasons, we'll have a movie that turns to 'suck' after the first 30 minutes.
I still don't understand why people think he's so great of a writer – He's terrible. He's just marginally smart enough to make people think he's clever without him having to put a lot of effort into writing interesting characters. And of course, most people are just marginally smart enough to think his writing is complex. *sigh* Instead of his characters being one big stereotype, they're simply 2 stereotypes smooshed together. Big deal. His shows and movies are still predictable as all get out, and he's supposed to be one of Hollywood's most original writers!? Please.

Ethan's Gram   April 14th, 2010 4:53 pm ET

The world is now unfolding as it should with the Master at the helm of The Avengers.

Rose   April 14th, 2010 4:58 pm ET

Joss ROCKS! End of story!

UtahGator   April 14th, 2010 5:12 pm ET

Well i guess with Chris Evans playing Cap, there won't be a Fantastic 4 – Captain American cross over project. Joss will have his hands full with writing lines for Thor. Thor was always arguementative and edgy. Chris won't be able to bring that Torch wit with Cap. Cap was always serious and totally dedicated to country and duty. There really needs to be chemistry between Chris E. and Robert D. on screen too. Cap was always more friends with Iron Man than he was with anyone else. One more thing, Chris E will have to pull off the leadership role, as Cap was the field commander of the Avengers. And the person who wrote about Emma Peel and John Steed, please wrong Avengers.

BillP   April 14th, 2010 5:16 pm ET

Well CNN, it looks like my days of not taking you seriously are coming to middle... (Inside Firefly joke). Woo Hoo! About time!

Bobdobbs   April 14th, 2010 5:17 pm ET

Everyone knows about Buffy , Angel, Firefly, Dr. Horrible and Doll House but do they realize that Joss Whedon wrote the screen play for Toy Story!
If the suits don't get in his way he will blow it out of the water!

Alex   April 14th, 2010 5:22 pm ET

Whedon is one of the most overrated writers around (this coming from someone who tried to like Firefly but found it unwatchable and pretentious).

If he's just directing it, that's fine. If he writes it, it won't work as far as I'm concerned. I do agree that he is still a big name (only JJ Abrams is bigger in fan circles right now). Whether that means this film will finally get made is another question. After all, as noted, having Whedon attached to Wonder Woman didn't exactly result in a movie being made. And some of his reported "reinvention" plans for WW were pretty lame.

Jon   April 14th, 2010 5:27 pm ET

Yeah!..whoops...wrong Avengers movie. I thot someone was going to right the wrongs done in the connery/fiennes/thurman film and finally do it right.

oh well.

ummm....go Joss? (and can I PLEASE have my Firefly series back?)

steve   April 14th, 2010 5:50 pm ET

it's a brand new day...

greenteagod   April 14th, 2010 5:56 pm ET

At least firefly was good. I could do without the other two series.

Jennifer LaPaglia   April 14th, 2010 6:05 pm ET


Robert   April 14th, 2010 6:14 pm ET

OK, I just got my birthday present from marvel/Disney. I've actually got a reason to see the Avengers if Joss is directing.

As for the people that don't care for his work, good for you. I'm sure there is a lot of shows and movies taht you love taht others think are complete trash, just as you feel that way about Joss' work. Last I checked, we're not all reaquired to have the same interests or tastes. I'm quite happy to see new material from Joss. You're welcome to take your money and go watch whatever it is that you watch by someone other than Joss. See how that works?

Mike   April 14th, 2010 6:36 pm ET

When is Hollywood going to actually come up with something that is even remotely original?

Jaxitty   April 14th, 2010 6:42 pm ET

Seriously, the spoiler alert about his sing along blog, fillians character DOESN'T die, he is wounded physically and psychologically. the girlfriend of them both is killed. As for him doing the Avengers? I was never a DC fan, but as far as i'm concerned, everything he touches is gold.

ape_fury   April 14th, 2010 6:45 pm ET

DC comic directors dont switch to Marvel fare.

Kali   April 14th, 2010 6:56 pm ET

Hmm. Amy Acker as The Wasp. Yum...

Sorry, lost in thought there...

Zeke Blaze   April 14th, 2010 7:11 pm ET

I find the pre-mature cynicism here amusing. I think Whedon is awesome. He has a fairly solid track record with a few bumps (name a writer/director who doesn't), but nothing that causes any doubt about the upcoming film. I think this project could have certainly fallen into worse hands. Joss keeps it fast, funny, and relevant (relevant being the operative word here). When all is said and done, I think we will all have way more to whine about when we see the new Wonder Woman-but hey, Marvel is way cooler than DC anyways...
p.s.-We should start a lobby for a cameo from Dr. Horrible.

Fred   April 14th, 2010 7:32 pm ET

I am cautiously optimistic upon hearing this news. I am a fan of "Firefly" and "Serenity." Although I have not seen much of "Buffy," "Angel," and "Dollhouse," I look forward to catching up with them one day. I am wondering if we will see other members of the Avengers, including the Wasp (of whom I am fond), Ant-Man, the Scarlett Witch, and Vision. We shall see.

john   April 14th, 2010 8:20 pm ET

Whose playing Steed & Mrs.Peel?

joanne   April 14th, 2010 8:30 pm ET


Kyle   April 14th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

This will be horrible.

Serenity had a novel cuteness to it, but as a Sci-Fi action flick, it suffered from flimsy construction, bad writing, and it often had no real direction as it lumbered towards an anticlimactic fizzle.

Such travesties as Alien: Resurrection suffer from Whedon's limited writing abilities, and his television shows lack the muster to do well even on the Sci-Fi channel, now itself subjected to a deluge of material most science fiction fans regard as little more than severely underwhelming fanfic.

Avengers stands to make or break Whedon. Granted, he has a following of fans devoted to him regardless of what mindless drivel pours from his pen, but on the Vaudeville stage, the best is always saved for last. Whedon is tasked with providing the follow-up to some incredible comic book action movies which have drawn movie fans in, even when those same fans haven't the slightest clue what happened in the founding comics. As such, Whedon is going to have a very large audience when the Avengers hits the screens, most of whom are not fans, nor have even heard of, Buffy, Angel, or Firefly. They're going to expect a presentation at least on par with what has come before, and if his past performance is any judge of what will be, expect his Avengers film to be yet anther flaccid offering from an immature and undeveloped writer/director.

Zac   April 14th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

There HAD to be better options out there. This is the guy that essentially killed the 'Alien' franchise, plus his work on 'Buffy' I found to be overrated and really not all that creative. If he sticks to the traditions of the story all is not lost, but don't expect him to transform into Christopher Nolan 2.0.

Clyde   April 14th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

This depends on who writes the screenplay. If Whedon is at least able to co-write it, "The Avengers" could be dynamite. "Serenity" is one of the most repeatedly enjoyable and amazing science films since "The Matrix", because Whendon also wrote it. When you listen to his commentary, you are struck by his struggle to "show, not tell" the story. It was really brilliant in the economical way it laid out the entire backstory. I hope they let him write it, too. Whedon has also proved that he understands comic books. ("Fray", "Buffy Season Eight" etc.) He is well suited to do the screenpplay for "The Avengers".

Alex Winter   April 14th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

Astonishing Avengers!

Jim de Tejas   April 14th, 2010 10:36 pm ET

To those who think Buffy was over-rated, or Whedon isn't talented, please just spend the time to watch Buffy episodes 4:10 (Hush), 5:16 (The Body), and 6:7 (Once More, With Feeling), plus Firefly episodes 'Out of Gas' and 'Objects in Space' as well as the Hulu-posted 'Dr. Horrible'. You'll start to see why Whedon fans are Whedon fans. He's one of the most unique voices out there.

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MichaelChatt   April 14th, 2010 11:38 pm ET

Wicked cool news.

I really like his work. I even liked Dollhouse.

dragon   April 14th, 2010 11:58 pm ET

To quote Lynneth and Jennifer, Shiny!!!!

Trav   April 14th, 2010 11:58 pm ET

If this movie is more like the Ultimates and less like the old Avengers, it should be great! The movie definitely needs some edge to it to make it work. Please don't be too PG...or better yet, not PG at all!

Freddie   April 15th, 2010 12:12 am ET

@chris, it's about superheroes... of course its gonna be cheesy u moron. and Whedon is a God FYI! @Jim de Tajas you forgot about 'doppleganger', 'conversations with dead people' and 'gingerbread' okay no where near as emosh as 'the body' but they were genius eps. P.S – Sarah Michelle Gellar as Binary/Ms. Marvel. Don't answer yet, just think about it.

David   April 15th, 2010 1:41 am ET

What do I think of it? I think I just geek-gasmed. Seriously. Amy Ackar would make a great Wasp or Scarlet Witch, and Alan Tudyak could pull off Hank Pym, and Eliza Dushku would be PERFECT for Spider-Woman. Sadly, I don't think any of the Joss regulars are right for Ms. Marvel (my personal favorite of the team).

Aqua   April 15th, 2010 6:32 am ET

Much happy! Firefly/Serenity is SO much better than what's on usually. Plus, I'm been catching episodes of Buffy on the Logo channel, and I'd forgotten how good it was.

Giles, pondering buying a magic shop, "And the death rate probably keeps the rent down...."

McQuestion   April 15th, 2010 7:12 am ET

Just make Captain America like Nathan Fillion in Firefly, Thor like a combination of Jayne and Reverend Book, Hulk is Hulk and Iron Man is already established and Faverau will be on hand anyway for assistance with that, it sounds like a huge winner to me! Firefly style humor, action and dialog with Marvel's greatest heroes. Wonderful!

Only question is, what's Whedon gonna do without a strong woman to kick ass with? Maybe he'll have The Wondrous Wasp as the central ass kicker? Nahhhhhh, not even Whedon and his love of kick ass women would be that stupid.

the corndog   April 15th, 2010 7:35 am ET

please have ant-man, wasp, vision and scarlet witch!

Clay   April 15th, 2010 8:30 am ET

Seriously??? Everyone of the projects he worked on hasn't been impressive nor have they been memorable. He will turn this movie into a 1966 version of Batman the tv series. This is a very WRONG move for a MUCH anticipated movie. Oh well at least the individual movies were/will be good. Maybe Uwe Boll can direct the next one since his movies seem to do just as well. Sad...would have been nice to pull all of the super heroes together is a riving non-comedic movie.

halum   April 15th, 2010 8:40 am ET

I'll be in my bunk!

Kathy   April 15th, 2010 8:41 am ET

I think the movie will be great, really enjoy Whedon's work- Bring back Dollhouse please- there is so much that cn be done with the missing time.

Chuck St. John   April 15th, 2010 8:56 am ET

Joss will take the 120 Million it will take to do this movie, stash it in Switzerland and make two more Serenity sequels then 26 episodes of Firefly. Whedon's Firefly, perhaps the best thing ever on TV, is better than 90% of the gosa currently being thrown up on the little screen these days.

...wish I wasn't kidding about the Switzerland thing.

Tom D   April 15th, 2010 9:25 am ET

Just imagine...Robert Downey with Whedon's dialogue... awesome

Nick   April 15th, 2010 9:49 am ET

Whedon will ruin this movie, Buffy was trash and Angel was worse. Serenity got cancelled because it sucked like nothing before it, and the movie was like watching a bunch puppies being killed- it was horrible.

Ace   April 15th, 2010 11:16 am ET

No female superheroes? Now that the Wasp is dead, they can put her in the movie and kill her off (again). What about Ms. Marvel?

henry pym   April 15th, 2010 1:42 pm ET

I like Whedon just fine. I wasn't a Buffy fan but loved Firefly and Serenity. Dollhouse had some good stuff going for it and Dr. Horrible is excellent. But I think to really make people happy with Avengers he is going to have to have an intelligent adult oriented story line much like Nolan's Batmans and Iron Man. If they go with humor like the FF films, then it will turn into crap. Superhero films need to go serious or go home. This will all depend upon the script. The technology is there to make all the heros work well together but the story has to be there. Also, since we'll have already seen the introduction of much of the original Avengers when this comes out, it should have some logical carry over from those films. Thor is now on earth to live among us and fight evil. Hulk was last seen with Banner seeming to get some control over his Hulking, so he can be a part of the team too. And I'm assuming that at the end of the Captain America film, we'll see him frozen into the ice where he can be revived early in the Avengers movie. Iron Man is already established and we'll see Black Widow so Whedon could use her in the Avengers even though it isn't the classic line up. Here's hoping that they get it right.

Peter   April 15th, 2010 3:31 pm ET

I wasn't too thrilled with the buffy and angel series, but the same guy who directed "meet the feebles" was able to make a rocking "spiderman", so I'll take your word that it's going to be incredible!

Andrew   April 15th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Actually, Whedon wrote the first 20 or so issues of The Astonishing X-Men, which are amoung the best comics I've ever read. He seems to understand the Marvel universe pretty well. This is great news.

gamEr   April 16th, 2010 8:45 am ET


Olivia Smith   June 13th, 2010 7:41 am ET

Firefly is one of the TV Series that was created by Joss Whedon. I love Firefly so much but it does not have Season 2.**`

Kuiper   July 8th, 2010 5:44 am ET

Seriously guys?

Joss Whedon was given zero control of that trainwreck we know as Alien Resurrection. He wasn't the director. He wrote the screenplay, but the film-makers cast it wrong, scored it wrong, designed the set wrong.

Mostly, they cast it wrong, with the obvious exception of Brad Dourif. Plus they directed it with the 'suck all life and meaning out of the characters' button turned all the way to eleven.

I don't think Whedon's script for AR was particularly special, BTW. But if a film is bad, blame the director!

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Chair Pads    October 12th, 2010 2:39 pm ET

joss whedon should have continued the Firefly series on TV, it was a nice sci-fi series*:;

Oxygen Monitor :   October 24th, 2010 10:17 am ET

geez, Firefly is the best sci-fi TV series. i just hope that Joss Whedon revives that;~,

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