Joss Whedon to Rewrite The Avengers and Captain America
04.15.10 by Ryan
Marvel is clearly pleased after hiring fanboy favorite Joss Whedon to direct its upcoming Avengers movie (sorry, Louis Leterrier). So pleased, in fact, that Marvel is planning to have Whedon do some rewriting on not one, but two of the studio's upcoming Marvel movies.
Variety reports that Whedon's deal with Marvel is not only to direct but also to "rework" the script from The Incredible Hulk and X2: X-Men United screenwriter Zak Penn. The Avengers will find the combined characters from a variety of Marvel movies — The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and The First Avenger: Captain America — and combine them into one movie. They're clearly looking to finesse the movie with the writing skills Whedon has brought to several ensemble TV shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, and to Marvel comic books like The Astonishing X-Men, which Whedon wrote for four years to tremendous success and acclaim. But The Avengers may not be the only movie Whedon will have to rewrite. Whedon may get a crack at Captain America as well.
According to Pajiba, Marvel is asking Whedon to do a "polish" on the script for The First Avenger: Captain America. To what extent Whedon's polish will take is unknown, though with production starting in a few months a full rewrite seems unlikely. Chronicles of Narnia screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely wrote the previous draft, and it's possible that Marvel would like a rewrite from someone with more familiarity with the Marvel universe. Last week, Captain America star Chris Evans admitted that the script was "still going thorough so many changes."
As for what Whedon might bring to The Avengers, MTV speculates that fans should expect laughs, tragedy, one central character, and cameos galore from some of Whedon's frequent collaborators.