According to a report from Deadline, Joss Whedon will direct the Marvel superhero movie The Avengers, which means it might not be a steaming pile of crap after all! There have been rumors regarding his interest in the film for weeks and finally all that speculation has come to fruition. Whedon’s our man…

According to Deadline’s sources at Marvel Studios, Whedon is in the final negotiation stages of his contract to direct the team up flick that will feature Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and hopefully The Hulk (Edward Norton).

It’s good to know that Marvel picked someone who KNOWS ABOUT COMICS (he’s actually written a few), knows how to direct action, and is familiar with the fandom that surrounds the characters. Whedon’s not going into this gig wide eyed and confused. He’s well education in the Marvel universe so he’ll feel a certain responsibility to do right by it.

This might be the first time that I’ve ever wholeheartedly agreed with a decision that Marvel has made. There are no reservations about this. Get Whedon in pre-production, get the story straight, and lets kick the summer competition of 2012 in the balls! Avengers assemble!

The Avengers will hit theaters on May 12th, 2012.

Do you think Whedon is the right choice to direct The Avengers? Who would you have chosen?