Thursday, July 22, 2010

Whedon to Direct Avengers Movie

Holy shit balls, it's official: Joss Whedon is directing The Avengers movie. It was just recently announced at San Diego Comic-Con that geeklebrity director/writer/producer most famous for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and most recently Doctor Horrible's Sing-a-long Podcast (we're going to collectively choose to forget that Dollhouse ever existed... just like how they only made three Star Wars movies... right? right?) will be directing Marvel's pan-franchise megapic about the giant super-team.

While the team roster is still up in the air, with Joss on board we should be assured at least a few strong, well-written, female characters. As we had previously discussed on Scarlet Betch, the current Marvel film franchises eligible for Avenger status is nearly exclusively male. Mainstream American audiences have only just been introduced to Black Widow in Iron Man II, with no other canonical female heroes being featured in current Avenger franchises.

Gender politics aside, i am so flippin' excited. Ever since Whedon parted ways on his much publicized early attachment to the perennially rumored Wonder Woman movie, we haven't seen much on him in the movie world. He seemed to have disappeared from the face of the planet for a series of months when Eliza Dushku was also suddenly unaccounted for... but we are all pleased to hear that the master has returned.

Now, the big question is... which main character is he going to kill off? My guess is Jarvis. It's always the unassuming morale core that gets killed in Whedon media.

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