‘Avengers’ Director Joss Whedon: Hero Of The Week

Joss Whedon is our hero of the week. There should be no question as to why. Against all odds, the “Buffy” and “Firefly” mastermind brought us the “Avengers” film fans have been dreaming about for years—decades, really. Getting Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the rest of their superhero pals to work together on the big screen is no easy feat, but Whedon pulled it off and made box office history along the way. Not too shabby, guy!

In case you need more reasons as to why Whedon is our hero of the week—hero status that lasts a whole lot longer than a week, if we’re being honest—then read on!

» Without Whedon directing “Avengers,” we wouldn’t have gotten hilariously random cameos from Enver Gjokaj and Alexis Denisof, among other Whedonesque actors.

» Loki has an army. We have a Hulk—a Hulk who works fantastically. Credit to Mark Ruffalo and VFX supervisor Jeff White and his team, of course, but huge kudos to Whedon as well for writing the Jade Giant and his puny human counterpart perfectly. We’ve never seen Banner and “the Other Guy” played to such great heights before. A large part of that success owes thanks to Whedon.

» Speaking of the big green guy… Hulk versus Thor. Hulk versus Loki. Two of the greatest, funniest and least expected moments in the movie all come down to Whedon’s unmatched sense of comedic timing.

» Battles aside, Whedon excels at character development. The interactions between Earth’s mightiest heroes were marvelous, not just because of the actors, but because of Whedon’s handle on the characters. He’s one of us—a fan of these heroes, someone who has done a lot of thinking about who they are and how they’d react to the situations presented in the film. Every character’s action makes sense given the character’s beliefs. Not every creative mind could have pulled that off with a film this size.

» Last but far from least, he gave the world “mewling quim.” ’Nuff said.

Welcome to Hero of the Week, our weekly salute to the heroes keeping the comic book, movie and television scene something to look forward to day in and day out. From actual superheroes to the actors and filmmakers who bring them to life, you can tell us who your heroes are in the comments and on Twitter!