While the news hadn’t been set in stone, everyone was pretty much aware that Joss Whedon was going to be directing The Avengers, but only just recently has it been made 100% official. The movie is going to be released sometime in 2012 and while we don’t know who the full cast of characters are going to be, odds are folks like Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and the Hulk will be part of this (hopefully) epic movie.
As for Whedon himself, I’m just not sure. While he has become a king in the sci-fi/fantasy world, with hit TV shows like Firefly and Buffy, I don’t know if his massive fan base alone is enough to grant him the rights to making one of the largest superhero movies ever. Still, it’ll be interesting to see what comes out of Whedon’s involvement, and hopefully we will receive a film that’ll rock the very foundations of all that is holy.