Director 'in final negotiations' for Marvel superhero film

Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon is clear favourite to direct Marvel superheros film The Avengers.

According to Deadline New York, Marvel Studios is in “final negotiations” with Whedon.

The film would unite an all-star team of Marvel superheros – including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Incredible Hulk, plus leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).

Whedon has been rumored for this job for awhile, and is high on the fanboy wishlist,” Deadline reports. “He’s an interesting choice: Despite his writing/producing TV series resume, his lone feature directing effort, Serenity, was not a hit.”

Whedon has also written for Marvel Comics, contributing issues of the Brian K Vaughn-created Runaways series, and the Astonishing X-Men.

With Iron Man 2, starring Downey Jr, released next month, Captain America due to start shooting this summer and Thor – to be directed by Kenneth Branagh and co-starring Natalie Portman – currently in production, Marvel will use those films to tee-up The Avengers.

A big hint for the film was dropped with Downey Jr making an uncredited cameo in the 2008 Incredible Hulk film.