Joss Whedon: Avengers will be funny
Los Angeles - Joss Whedon says there will be a "great deal of humour" in The Avengers.
The director insists the superhero film - which has a star-studded cast including Robert Downey jnr, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson - isn't supposed to be entirely comical, but there are a number of funny moments.
He said: "This isn't the kind of movie where we're going to wink at the audience.
"There's a great deal of humour and there are a couple of things where people will go, 'Oh, that guy and that guy!' It's not 'Where's Waldo?'"
The movie will feature a number of Marvel Studios characters including Iron Man (Robert), Captain America (Chris), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), but Joss confirmed Spider-Man will not be appearing in the film, despite actress Jenny Agutter previously appearing to confirm he would be.
He added to Total Film magazine: "There is no Spider-Man in this movie! I feel so bad for Jenny [Agutter].
"I think she just slipped on a name and the reporter ran with it."