It's a rumor that's been floating around for a while now, but it's official: Joss Whedon is directing the Avengers. Whedon made the announcement at Comic-Con 2010, while he was speaking on a panel with Lost director J.J. Abrams.
"It's not an official thing, I think because Marvel couldn't afford a press release," Whedon teased during the discussion. "So can we make that an official thing? I'm directing 'The Avengers.'"
Due out in May, 2012, the movie will star Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man. Mark Ruffalo is in talks regarding the part of the Incredible Hulk and Scarlett Johansson is rumored to be returning as Black Widow.
Whedon says he's still in the early stages of the project, but that he's really excited about it.
"I am still writing an outline. I'm still in that stage," Whedon said. "I will say the thing I love about it, the thing that made me excited to do it, is how counterintuitive it is. These people shouldn't be in the same room -- and that is the very definition of family."