He will direct Marvel's 'Avengers' for Paramount

Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Incredible Hulk will soon start taking orders from Joss Whedon.

Marvel Studios is wrapping up a deal for Whedon to helm “The Avengers,” which assembles the superheroes in one pic that Paramount Pictures will release on May 4, 2012. Whedon will also rework Zak Penn’s script.

Whedon, a favorite among fanboys, most recently penned the script for “Cabin in the Woods,” a horror pic that he is also producing for MGM.

The creator of series including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” and, more recently, “Dollhouse,” all for Fox, has been close to helming a superhero pic before, namely “Wonder Woman” for Joel Silver at Warner Bros. But Whedon ankled due to creative issues.

He directed episodes of those series and an episode of Fox’s “Glee.”

“Serenity” is his sole film directing credit.

The sci-fi Western, distribbed by Universal in 2005, was based on the short-lived Fox TV skein “Firefly.”

“The Avengers” extends Whedon’s long relationship with Marvel. He wrote for the comicbook company’s “Astonishing X-Men” series.

“The Avengers” would star Robert Downey Jr. (as Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury). Edward Norton may also return as the Hulk.

“Iron Man 2″ bows May 7, followed by “Thor” on May 6, 2011, and “The First Avenger: Captain America” on July 22, 2011. Par will distrib.

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