Rumor control: Joss Whedon to direct The Avengers??

There's a lot of bogus news going up today in honor of April Fool's Day, but our pals at insists this is real, so we'll bite:

Among the contenders to direct the proposed Avengers movie for Marvel is cheerful atheist and Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator JOSS WHEDON!

The site reports that Whedon is edging out Clash of the Titans director Louis Leterrier:

Whedon, who was previously writing and directing WB's long gestating Wonder Woman film, has a history with the Marvel brand as a comic book writer. His run of the Astonishing X-Men was one of Marvel's best selling lines and was nominated for several Eisner Awards. He was also the second writer on the Runaways line for Marvel and wrote short stories for Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man.

Whedon is currently working on Cabin in the Woods on which he is writing and producing starring Thor himself Chris Hemsworth directed by Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard.

Zak Penn is writing the Avengers screenplay.

Please please please let this be true!!

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