Joss Whedon is a busy man, what with his directing The Avengers, working on a new Marvel-based television series, selling his version of Much Ado About Nothing to Lionsgate, and presumably guzzling caffeine to compensate for all that sleep he’s not getting. But he’s finally putting the wheels in motion for the project we’ve been waiting for since 2008, the sequel to Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.
If the name Mike Birbiglia sounds familiar to you, it may be because he’s a frequent contributor to This American Life, a radio show with an estimated 1.7 million listeners weekly. If the name Joss Whedon is familiar to you, it may be because you’ve seen his work in movies, television, comic books, webisodes, and in your very dreams. But Joss’ little movie, The Avengers, which opened at over 4,000 theaters, is currently hovering under 500 screens. On the other hand, Birbiglia’s first movie, Sleepwalk with Me, will be opening at a mere eighty. As Joss put it succinctly, “I’m here to put a stop to this.”
I’ve been a Joss Whedon fan ever since the 1992 movie, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when Buffy, played by Kristy Swanson, snapped at her Watcher, “Does the word ‘duh’ mean anything to you?” Since then, he’s developed television shows, movies, comic books, and web series, which has earned him the adulation of his many fans. Now, after the success of The Avengers, he’s recently been put in charge of an upcoming ABC superhero show for Marvel Studios. (Oh yeah, and Avengers 2.)
The 2012 movie, The Avengers, earned $1.46 billion, as well as Marvel’s supreme confidence in director Joss Whedon. (We fans already knew he was awesome.) Now Marvel is giving him more than a pat on the back: Whedon will given the role of director in the upcoming sequel, Avengers 2. And here’s the cherry on the awesome cake: Our big damn hero will also be developing a Marvel TV series.
Fans of Firefly, like me, are still bemoaning the loss of one of our favorite shows ten years since it came and went off the air. A chance to see the cast is absolutely worth the price of the flight to San Diego Comic-Con. But some of us have jobs, pets, and parole restrictions, so that dream of seeing Captain Tightpants on the Firefly panel is only a dream. But wait…the Science Channel knows your frustration. They can’t ask your parole officer to let you out of state. But they can bring the cast of Firefly to you.
Five movies. Four years of build-up. We knew it was coming, and now it’s here: The Avengers. Those previous superhero films, The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Captain America (2011), and Thor (2011), were essentially prequels to Joss Whedon’s tale of Avenger adventure. Ya know what? It was worth the wait.
Imagine every episode of Scooby Doo you ever watched as a kid, and mix it with the works of Joss Whedon (creator, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly) and Drew Goddard (writer Cloverfield, Angel “Lineage,” Buffy “Conversations with Dead People.”) The result? Cabin in the Woods. And since I really – no Joss, wait, I didn’t tell them anything, really I didn’t. Please, put down that hammer!
I’ve been waiting to see The Avengers ever since I heard the words “Joss” and “Whedon.” And in the first clip of the movie, below, you can see why: The famed director is great to his female characters; he makes them real and interesting and tough. Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johannson, is no exception. How tough is she? Well, she starts the scene tied to a chair, about to be interrogated. Let’s just say she doesn’t take this sitting down.
Serenity was the 2005 Joss Whedon film that answered many of the questions he posed in his television show, Firefly—questions like, “What’s up with those evil Reavers?” Fans of the ‘Verse will recognize the below fight scene, where the disturbed River Tam beats up a bar, thus answering a question only a few of us Firefly fans thought to ask, “Will the Alliance try to find River by activating a subliminal trigger in her mind, or does she just really hate that Fruity Oaty bar commercial?”
Season 2 of Game of Thrones is less than two weeks away. The new Prometheus trailer looks absolutely amazing. The Snow White and the Huntsman trailer looks mighty fine too. Can geek life get any better than this? If you’re a fan of Joss Whedon then yes. Yes, it can. Because Joss is about to open up a can of awesome (and probably kill a beloved character with the contents).