Comic-Con: Joss Whedon confirmed as “Avengers” director

By Sean O’Connell The worst-kept secret in Hollywood has been confirmed!

Speaking at a Comic-Con panel, Joss Whedon confirmed to fans that he, indeed, is directing “The Avengers” for Marvel Studios.

“The thing I love about (The Avengers) is how completely counter-intuitive it is,” Whedon said, according to “These people should not be in the same room, much less the same team. The very definition of family.”

Whedon will pick up a baton that’s currently being passed from Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) to Kenneth Branagh (“Thor”) and Joe Johnston (“Captain America: The First Avenger”). Those films, which hit theaters in the summer of 2011, will lay the groundwork for Whedon’s ensemble adventure, currently scheduled for a May 4, 2012 release.

Whedon’s an interesting choice. He has geek cred, having helmed the beloved “Buffy” and “Firefly” television series. But his experience with feature films is limited to the “Firefly” movie, “Serenity.” Will he buckle under the pressure?

In the meantime, we’re still waiting to hear who will play The Hulk in Whedon’s “Avengers,” now that Edward Norton has been handed his walking papers.

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