Originally Posted by SurfDUI
there's some time issues here I think. Does the Avengers even have a script and/or director I read a rumble about Wheadon but is that right?
Yes, Whedon's been confirmed as director of The Avengers. As for the script, I believe that a script by Zak Penn had been completed, but that said script will be 'retooled' to some degree by Whedon, who will also, I believe, 'retool' part(s) of the Captain America script as well.
Regarding IM3, Favreau made statements a couple of days ago (according to Yahoo!Movies) essentially confirming that the Mandarin will be the film's villain. How, exactly, he will reconcile the distinctly technology-based tone of the first two IM films with the more magically-based elements that are going to be introduced in Thor and will most likely be present in The Avangers will have to be shown, but I think that there's a way to do it that doesn't 'cheapen' what's been done thus far or negate it in any way.