Confirmed: Joss Whedon to direct The Avengers

Stop us if you've heard this before, but Deadline Hollywood is confirming that rumor that Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon is in final talks to direct Marvel's proposed The Avengers movie.

The report confirms a rumor first reported by on April 1 that Whedon was edging out Clash of the Titans director Louis Leterrier to direct the superhero saga:

I'm told Marvel Studios is in final negotiations for Buffy the Vampire Slayer series architect Joss Whedon to direct Marvel Studios' The Avengers. That's the fast-tracked film that would amount to an all-star team of Marvel superheros, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), as well as SHIELD leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Other signature superheros will likely be involved, but I've listed the actors in active superhero duty.

Whedon has been rumored for this job for awhile, and is high on the fanboy wish-list.

Whedon's only directed one movie—Serenity—though he's written the scripts for several (including his upcoming Cabin in the Woods) and is a well-known script doctor in Hollywood. He's also got a long relationship with Marvel, having written Astonishing X-Men, not to mention an early draft of the X-Men movie, among other things.

Fingers crossed!

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