Why We Cannot Wait For: The Avengers Colin D Miller February 6, 2012 Latest News and Videos 979 Robert Downey Jr will be returning as Iron Man Aside from the fact it features some of Marvel’s finest properties, there is more than just the ensemble of superheroes that has got me quite excited for The Avengers. Firstly, Josh Whedon is writing and directing. Anyone who has seen his work on either Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Doll House and the brilliant Serenity will know that this is a good thing. Secondly, the cast. Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and possibly the smoothest man on the planet – Samuel L. Jackson, will all be returning in their respective roles. And we’ll ignore the fact that Marvel decided not to ask Edward Norton back into the Hulk’s purple trousers, as Mark Ruffalo is a notable and worthy addition to the universe. Finally, the trailers are looking pretty solid. Delivering very little in plot details and very much in terms of the production (reportedly $220 million), I cannot wait for this one.