I came across an awesome info-graphic of sorts titled “Well Played, Mr. Whedon,” that shows an incredible correlation between the characters in the 2002 Firefly series and the 2012 movie, The Avengers. Follow along for a moment as I chat about Joss Whedon’s experience leading up to The Avengers and then look at the comparative image below. It’s an awesome eye-opener I never even suspected.
When the news that Joss Whedon was hired by Disney/Marvel to direct The Avengers, the Whedonverse went crazy. It felt like the most ultimate validation of their faith in the man who helmed Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr. Horrible and more.
The Whedonverse is the collective of fans who have been dogtailing Whedon from before Dr. Horrible, and are his long running, highly supportive fans. Pretty much, they’ve been of the mindset, “In Whedon, we trust.” No matter what he’s done.
From his story editing on the 1989 TV series Roseanne, to writing a few episodes of Parenthood, through his Buffy and related franchises, to his now highly anticipated upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D. TV movie pilot that ABC/Disney is rushing along to its yet to be announced premiere date.
On the silver screen, Joss Whedon’s credits include (Anything look familiar?):
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Writer (written by)
Toy Story – Writer (screenplay)
Alien: Resurrection – Writer (written by)
The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride (video) – Soundtrack (writer: “My Lullaby”)
Titan A.E. – Writer (screenplay)
Atlantis: The Lost Empire – Writer (story)
Chance – Soundtrack (writer: “Burn Me Down”)
Atlantis: Milo’s Return (video) – Writer (characters) (uncredited)
Serenity – Writer (written by), Director, Trade Agent (voice) (uncredited)
Astonishing X-Men: Gifted (video) – Writer
The Cabin in the Woods – Writer (written by), Producer, Second Unit Director
Thor – Director (director: post-credits scene) (uncredited)
Captain America: The First Avenger – Consultant (uncredited)
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope (documentary) – Writer, Producer
The Avengers – Writer (screenplay) (story), Director
Much Ado About Nothing – Writer (screenplay), Producer, Director, Editor
This doesn’t even touch his work in the comic book industry with Dark Horse Comics (Buffy & Firefly story lines) & time on Marvel comic titles under the X-Men franchise.
When he was called on to direct The Avengers, maybe you can see why his fans were pretty confident of his ability to pull it off. (And boy, did he!) The Whedonverse is very familiar with his ability to tell a story that involves group ensembles. And now EVERYONE knows that.
But I never put it together until tonight, the parallels between Firefly and The Avengers. I saw a pic on Google+ that pulled it all together for me, and it’s a hoot to look over.
After seeing it on G+, I looked around for other sources but only found it on 2. The G+ and what I suspect to be the originating source on Facebook. (Oddly, Google didn’t show the G+ image in any of the results.)
Check it out and try not to let your jaw drop too far! (Click through for a larger, slightly better version to read., and be astonished.)
The Firefly G+ Community page (but I saw no source credit…)
Bring Back Firefly Facebook Page, with accreditation to a fan named Evan Standley…