April Fool's Day is a really tough time for a blog to break news, especially if that news sounds like a fanboy wet dream -- that Joss Whedon is directing the eventual live-action Avengers movie. The folks at IESB reported that Whedon is on Marvel's short list of directors for the project, working from a script by Marvel's go-to screenwriter Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand, The Incredible Hulk).
Now that we've had a little bit of time away from April 1, the rumor (confirmed by the L.A. Times) seems to be as legit as any rumor normally is (which, in this case, doesn't mean he's directing it...yet). Whedon is a capable sci-fi action director, but has yet to take on a project with the magnitude (read: immense budget) of The Avengers. What does Whedon have to say about the all-star superhero team that includes Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor? "The Avengers to me is tough. I wouldn't approach The Avengers," Whedon told In Focus in a 2005 interview.
Has the success of Jon Favreau's Iron Man franchise and the cancellation of Whedon's Dollhouse series made the writer/director change his tune? Is Whedon the right man for the job or does his attachment mean that the film's audience is suddenly limited to just the hardcore Whedonites? Is The Avengers the project that will finally put him on the filmmaking A-list?
You can vote in our poll (and sound off with your own opinions) after the jump.