‘The Avengers’ Pics: See Joss Whedon as Super-Director


The Avengers will come together on May 4, pooling their unique powers and abilities to form the most unstoppable squad of superheroes in human history. The assembly of all of these unspeakably powerful beings adds up to something nearly invincible. But one is provoked to wonder: is anything, or anyone, great enough to control The Avengers?

Yes. One man: Joss Whedon. The director of The Avengers is one of the most celebrated artists in Hollywood. He is responsible for masterworks like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and the upcoming The Cabin in the Woods. Not a bad resume.
In the below images, you can see Whedon wielding his own mighty hammer of artistic direction down onto Thor (Chris Hemsworth). You can see him shaping the mind of the man behind the group, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). You can see him tapping into exactly what it is that makes the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) angry. And best of all, you can see him as Captain America (Chris Evans…at least, it used to be Chris Evans).

The Avengers reaches theaters May 4. You can check out more new Avengers pics here.

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.