Rumor has is that Marvel might be ready to really hand fanboy Joss Whedon the keys to the car. Aside from Whedon directing The Avengers, reports are showing up all over the web that, not only will Whedon be directing The Avengers, but he’ll also be rewriting Zak Penn’s script. This doesn’t mean that he’ll be throwing the entire script away and starting all over, but what he will be doing is going over everything, removing and replacing some things, and adding whatever he thinks might be crucial to the story or his style of directing.
On top of all of this, Whedon is now also rumored to be taking the script for The First Avenger: Captain America and giving it the same touch-up treatment that he’ll be giving to The Avengers.
Shocking I know.
This all means that Whedon is walking into this massive pre-existing world that has been growing over the past few years, preparing to join forces, and that he’ll be responsible for bringing it all together when it finally does. And now, that doesn’t just mean taking what he’s given and making the best movie he can from it, but it means putting a massive self-signature on his movie AND Joe Johnston’s Captain America.
Speaking of Captain America, Hayley Atwell has been confirmed as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger opposite Chris Evans by Marvel Studios yesterday. In the early comics, Peggy Carter fell in love with Captain America while they fought together in the war effort. The character will be updated for the feature adaptation.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.
In addition to CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including the highly anticipated sequel, IRON MAN 2, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow on May 7, 2010, THOR on May 6, 2011, and Marvel Studios THE AVENGERS on May 4, 2012.