Joss Whedon

Brace yourselves, fanboys and -girls.

Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Dollhouse, will direct and rewrite the script for the upcoming Avengers movie, Variety reports.

Samuel L. Jackson signs on for Iron Man 2 and maybe much more

The Marvel Studios superhero team-up movie, which is scheduled for a May 4, 2012, release, brings together several comic book characters featured in Marvel film adaptations, including Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

No word yet if Edward Norton will join the party and reprise his role as the Hulk.

The original Avengers comic featured Ant-Man, Wasp, Thor, Iron Man and The Hulk. Captain America joined the lineup later.