You’d hardly call it the best kept secret on the planet, given that it’s been pretty much a given that Joss Whedon was on board Marvel’s The Avengers movie for months now. However, it’s never been formally confirmed.
Or at least it hadn’t.
For one of the first big announcements of Comic-Con 2010 came from the Entertainment Weekly Visionaries panel, where Whedon left the crowd in no doubt. “That is not an official thing because I think Marvel couldn’t afford a press release,” he told everyone. “So can I just make that an official thing? I’m directing The Avengers.“
Consider that official, then. The film starts shooting next year, in time for its release in 2012. And we’ll, of course, keep you posted on its progress…