What can you say about Joss Whedon that hasn’t already been said? From humble beginnings as a regular writer on Roseanne, Whedon has managed to slowly, purposefully, rise the ranks of the Hollywood elite to the point that he’s at in his career today – the writer and director of one of the most lucrative films ever produced, The Avengers.
Sure, you can attribute some of that success elsewhere; to the genius creation of the ‘ Marvel Movie Universe’ made possible by the stand alone films produced in the lead up; to the ready-made audience of millions who’d been waiting for this forever; to the leagues of clever marketing executives that built hype to a fever-pitch.
But without that payoff, without that ‘awesome movie’ at the centre of it all, it would have been for nothing. The success of The Avengers franchise ultimately hinged on the movie that Whedon had promised to produce – and jesus, did he do good. After receiving metaphorical fellatio from just about every suit at Marvel and Paramount, Whedon was immediately given the Avengers 2, and practically told to do what he likes with it.
Here at WhatCulture, we’re nothing if we’re not huge Whedonites. Here are 20 reasons why you should be too.
20. He’s an Excellent Writer
When Whedon scores, he really scores. His stories and concepts are usually clever; his dialogue fresh and pacey, but deep and meaningful when the time is right and perhaps most importantly, he’s apt at toeing that precarious line between comedy and drama.
Whedon started out as a writer on the long running sitcom Roseanne, and although he’s since become known for many other things –directing, producing and even composing music when the mood takes him – he’s most in his element when he’s penning the script.