Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) has long been rumored for The Avenger‘s directing chair, but it’s never been officially confirmed. Whedon, however, put all doubts to rest in a panel at Comic-Con.

“It’s not an official thing, I think because Marvel couldn’t afford a press release,” said Whedon. “So can we make that an official thing I’m directing The Avengers.”

“I am still writing an outline. I’m still in that stage,” Whedon said. “I will say the thing I love about it, the thing that made me excited to do it, is how counterintuitive it is. These people shouldn’t be in the same room — and that is the very definition of family.”

Source: Reuters