Update: It now eppears that Whedon said this as a joke and this is, in fact rubbish! – Apologies everyone.

It’s official!  Nathan Fillion (Serenity, Firefly) has been selected to join the elite superhero film, The Avengers, as none other than the mighty Ant-Man.

Ant-Man shall shrink you and then, when you are sleeping, will command bugs to crawl all over you so that you get extremely itchy.  How you ask?  By communicating with them through his ultimate bug telepathy.   Get ready because here comes the Ant-Man.

The news about Nathan Fillion came from the Joss Whedon panel at Comic Con earlier today.  Thanks to Bleeding Cool for the tip.

At this point in time we now have Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Evans as Captain America, and probably Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. And remember, the film is being directed by Joss Whedon, that’s why he got to make the announcement.  Now we just have to wait to confirm a few more cast members to have a solid hero lineup.

Get ready for some crazy bug attacks all up in your face!