I guess we should have seen this coming—given this week's news that Buffy creator Joss Whedon would direct The Avengers—but it's now being reported that he will also have a shot at the movie's script, as well as that of Captain America: The First Avenger.
That's the news on Pajiba:
Several months ago, Zak Penn was charged with writing the script for The Avengers. We still don't know what the gist of that story will be, other than it will involve Nick Fury, director of S.H.I.E.L.D. bringing together the newfound superheroes who have been developing in a series of movies from Marvel Entertainment—namely, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and possibly The Incredible Hulk. We don't know much else about it, nor do we know who the big bad will be.
Apparently, Whedon is not only in final negotiations to direct, but also to rewrite Penn's script. I'm sure some will be up in arms about this, but it's got great potential. ...
He's also likely to be tasked with doing a polish on the Captain America script.
That movie was originally written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
This is good news for us fans mainly because Whedon—for all his skill as a director (Serenity was underrated as a bit of masterful filmmaking)—is first and foremost a writer, with an encyclopedic familiarity with the Marvel universe in particular. We look forward to what he'll do with the familiar stories.
Captain America will open July 22, 2011, The Avengers on May 4, 2012.