Joss Whedon Rewriting Captain America & Avengers Scripts?
This latest "rumor of the day" (although it seems more legitimate than inaccurate) from Pajiba claims that the recently announced director of Marvel's The Avengers movie, geek favorite Joss Whedon, will also be polishing the script for Captain America: The First Avenger. Variety also mentioned ever so briefly that Whedon is rewriting The Avengers script that was originally written by Zak Penn. This is fantastic news for everyone who thinks Whedon is a better writer (for TV, movies, and comics) than he is a director, as Pajiba says Marvel brought on Whedon in order for him to help beyond just directing that one movie.
Obviously none of this is confirmed and Marvel probably won't make any official statements for a while, but I have a feeling this is accurate. I've said time and time again that Marvel Studio's President Kevin Feige is one of the smartest execs working in Hollywood and he knows how to find the smartest filmmakers out there. While Whedon doesn't have a lot of experience in feature films (give or take Serenity), he makes up for it in his experience with and knowledge of comics (and all things geek). Therefore, his input will be very valuable to Marvel. He's also great with ensemble casts and multiple characters, which their movies have.
Screenwriter Zak Penn (Behind Enemy Lines, X2, X3, The Grand, The Incredible Hulk) has been working on The Avengers script for years. We ran an article in May of 2007 with a quote from Penn saying "Avengers is definitely going to happen." He even once talked about possibly going all CG or 3D with The Avengers back in 2008, since I remember that being a big story at the time. That said, I'm glad someone like Joss Whedon is rewriting his Avengers script, because I think it needs a fresh, new take that I'm hoping Whedon will give it. Whatever the case, I'm still extremely excited for everything coming up from Marvel. Same with you?