Joss Whedon in Final Negotiations to Direct THE AVENGERS

Joss Whedon is in final negotiations to direct Marvel's big superhero crossover movie, The Avengers. The sound you just heard was my mind exploding all over my apartment. IESB reported a couple weeks ago that Whedon was on the short-list to direct the pic, but I brushed that off as madness even after Hero Complex confirmed the story. I thought it far more likely that Whedon would direct a smaller Marvel Comics movie, Runaways, since he wrote the second volume of the series. It turns out that Peter Sollett (Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist) has gotten that gig. Deadline reports that Whedon is going to take the helm of Marvel Studio's biggest planned project.

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