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It's official: Joss Whedon is directing the Avengers movie!

At the Visionaries panel at Comic Con Joss Whedon announced that he is officially directing The Avengers, "Because Marvel can't afford the press release."

As for how he's thinking of approaching the movie, Joss had this to say:

I'm still writing the outline. I am at the stage where I am reworking and reworking. What I love about this is that there is no way that these people should be in the same room together, let alone the same team. And that, to me, is the definition of family.

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I like Whedon and enjoyed his run on X-Men, so I'm pretty happy about this, but there is an undercurrent of worry. Whedon sees the Avengers as a family, maybe in the same way that Coppola saw "The Godather" as a movie about a family, which I think is a great start.

In the Avengers comics, Captain America has led the team more than anyone else, so there is no question that he is the father figure; he's the experienced veteran, the alpha male and the dude in charge, we can all agree on that, right?

All right now, stay with me; in 7 seasons of Buffy, 5 of Angel, 2 of Dollhouse and .6 or whatever of Firefly, have you ever seen Whedon write an admirable father character? I don't mean a decent guy who's had a kid (like Angel), I mean someone with or without blood ties who has taken it upon themselves to raise a child. Is there any guy who is even half as decent as, say, Buffy's mom?

The closest one is probably Giles, the Watcher from BTVS, and this is a guy who completely sold out his Slayer at one point and completely destroyed any trust between them.

Seriously, someone point me to a decent dad in the Whedonverse, please, and John Goodman in Roseanne doesn't count. I am starting to get a little worried for Cap...