Whedon Confirms Avengers Gig

It has been something of a ridiculously open secret for ages, but at Comic-Con yesterday, Joss Whedon finally put the official stamp on the fact that he’ll direct The Avengers.

Not waiting until Marvel rolled out its Captain America/Thor-focused panel on Saturday (which was largely assumed to be the place where the man behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer would be finally crowned as the Avengers director, Whedon mad the announcement at a panel featuring him and JJ Abrams.

"It's not an official thing, I think because Marvel couldn't afford a press release," Whedon said. "So can we make that an official thing? I'm directing The Avengers,” he told an excitable crowd.

But it sounds like he’s still got plenty of work ahead of him: "I am still writing an outline. I'm still in that stage. 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.”

But there’s bad news for anyone still anticipating another Dr Horrible outing - you’d better be ready to wait a while. It’s apparently being put on hold because of how busy everyone who would be involved has become (darn that Nathan Fillion being so entertaining on Castle. Oh, and, er, Joss working on the Avengers. “We know what the movie is,” said Whedon. “We want to do it. We want to do it on our own terms, but our terms seem to be interminable."

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