After Scoring Big with THE AVENGERS, Joss Whedon Thanks His Fans

     May 9, 2012


Before The Avengers, Joss Whedon had created three canceled TV series, but still found ways to wrap up Angel and Dollhouse despite the lack of a series renewal, and Firefly got a big screen ending with Serenity (Buffy the Vampire Slayer wasn’t canceled and continues to live on in comics).  Despite never landing a big, mainstream hit, his fans have always stuck by Whedon and revered him with a fervent devotion.  Now that The Avengers has set the record for highest-grossing opening weekend ($207 million was the final tally), his career is about to change dramatically.  However, he hasn’t forgotten his loyal following, and he took to his official fan site to thank his beloved Whedonites.

Hit the jump for Whedon’s Thank-You letter for his fans, and look for my editorial tomorrow about why Marvel needs to lock down Whedon for The Avengers 2.

the-avengers-joss-whedon-captain-america-shield-imageClick over to Whedonesque for the fake Q&A Whedon provided after his Thank-You Letter.

Dear Friends,

Well, it’s been quite a weekend. Someday, long from now, I will even have an emotional reaction to it, like a person would. I can’t wait! But before I become blinded by this “emotion” experience, there’s a few things I’d like to say. Well, type.

People have told me that this matters, that my life is about to change. I am sure that is true. And change is good — change is exciting. I think — not to jinx it — that I may finally be recognized at Comiccon. Imagine! Also, with my percentage of “the Avengers” gross, I can afford to buy… [gets call from agent. Weeps manfully. Resumes typing.] …a fine meal. But REALLY fine, with truffles and s#!+. And I can get a studio to finance my dream project, the reboot of “Air Bud” that we all feel is so long overdue. (He could play Jai Alai! Think of the emotional ramifications of JAI ALAI!!!!)

What doesn’t change is anything that matters. What doesn’t change is that I’ve had the smartest, most loyal, most passionate, most articulate group of — I’m not even gonna say fans. I’m going with “peeps” — that any cult oddity such as my bad self could have dreamt of. When almost no one was watching, when people probably should have STOPPED watching, I’ve had three constants: my family and friends, my collaborators (often the same), and y’all. A lot of stories have come out about my “dark years”, and how I’m “unrecognized”… I love these stories, because they make me seem super-important, but I have never felt the darkness (and I’m ALL about my darkness) that they described. Because I have so much. I have people, in my life, on this site, in places I’ve yet to discover, that always made me feel the truth of success: an artist and an audience communicating. Communicating to the point of collaborating. I’ve thought, “maybe I’m over; maybe I’ve said my piece”. But never with fear. Never with rancor. Because of y’all. Because you knew me when. If you think topping a box office record compares with someone telling you your work helped them through a rough time, you’re probably new here. (For the record, and despite my inhuman distance from the joy-joy of it: topping a box office record is super-dope. I’m an alien, not a robot.) So this is me, saying thank you. All of you. You’ve taken as much guff for loving my work as I have for over-writing it, and you deserve, in this our time of streaming into the main, to crow. To glow. To crow and go “I told you so”, to those Joe Blows not in the know. (LAST time I hire Dr. Seuss to punch my posts up. Yeesh!) Point being, you deserve some honor, AND you deserves some FAQs answered. So please welcome my old friend and certainly not-on-my-payroll reporter/flunky, Rutherford D. Actualperson!


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  • TheHOYT

    Class Act !!!

  • Mill Burray

    JJ Abrams for Avengers 2, please.

    Whedon can write/direct the new Hulk TV show

    • erik

      no Abrams, no way!

    • aaronsullivan

      I’m a big JJ Abrams fan and I really don’t see him on Avengers 2. At the moment I REALLY hope they get Joss to at least write the sequel. He has these characters down and the continuity from the previous movies proves to me he could do it again after all the sequels.

      JJ Abrams directed and Joss Whedon written Avengers 2 COULD work, but I don’t know.

      I think I’d pair up Brad Bird with Whedon first.

      I’d like to see Whedon turn around a new Firefly show or super high budget movie with some grand idea he got to make it all “work” in a new way. Whether that’s a reboot or a different era in the lives of the main surviving characters, that’s a story and setting that is still WAY underseen and underexplored, imo.

    • Eric Nixon

      I don’t think JJ Abram is right for an Avengers movie. A Justice League movie, on the other hand, he’s perfect for.

    • Christian

      The only other director I can see working besides Whedon is Edgar Wright.

      • Steve


    • Michael Scott

      Funny little fact : Both JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon have directed an episode of the Office.

      Anyways, Joss Whedon on Avengers 2. He kicked too much ass on the first one to not do a sequel!

  • Deeesher

    I did a review sort of thingy a few days ago. Google under Assembling Avengers Deeesher.
    Congrats on the huuuuge success! You make me so proud… Abrams and Michael Bay can suck it!

  • mickmal

    Stop saying “hit the jump” or “after the jump,” please. Good info on the site, but your overuse of a trendy catchphrase that means nothing (there is no “jump,” and even newspapers don’t use that term) is annoying and pretty distracting. Not sure why it needs to appear in EVERY piece. Just saying.

    • Thundersauresrex

      way to be a douche for no reason. hit the jump for more info….
      the HIT THE JUMP CATCH PHRASE is used for the opening page to click to the link to learn more or you could move on the next mini article. it actually makes sense. stop being pretentious cause you think you know better. plus i think your moms done cooking your grilled cheese for you upstairs from where your sitting, cause i just slipped out of her.

    • Lizard King

      mickmal…”hit the jump” is not a catch phrase. It is not like saying “whatchu talkin’ ’bout Willis?” or “Legen – wait for it – Dary!”. It is an actual real life phrase that many news sites use to tell you to go from the main page to the individual article if you would like to continue reading about the topic, that way they can give you a page of brief summaries to help you locate what you would like to read about. Complaining about that is like complaining that you hate it when tv guide tells you what a tv show is about, but that you must turn on your tv if you actually want to watch it.

      In relation to the article, Whedon is quite prodigal (although predictable in some aspects, such as popular character deaths) as a writer and director. I would be happy to see him write/direct the sequel (although I fear for who he would kill off next).

      • mickmal

        Not sure why all the vitriol. Didn’t realize my little post would have triggerd such anger for you and Thundersaur. Anyway, based on both your descriptions, “hit the jump” would make sense if there was an actual “jump.” Basically, it looks like the jump here is… the space before the next paragraph (at least, that’s how it’s displaying for me). I didn’t have to click anything or go to another page to read Whedon’s letter (which was great, by the way).

      • Bill Graham

        What this says to me is that you don’t actually visit the main website, and instead click nothing but links. Those are the full, expanded articles. On the main web page, there are brief paragraph summaries. To signify there is still more information and to tease you to “jump” to the full article, that’s where we add that phrase you so despise.

        Unfortunately, it is leftover in the full article. That’s a flaw of technology, in a way. You are already at the full article. But some people are not. Deal with it.

    • paul tracy

      very much agree. a small nuance, but a bit of headache to read in perpetuity.

      stay strong, mickmal.


      • mickmal

        Thanks, Paul!

  • Jeffhaas

    now he can finally afford to do Serenity 2…ppppllleeeeAASSSEEE!!!

    • CrazyApollo

      As much as i would like to see both firefly come back and/or serenity 2
      there literally is no chance of either of those happening due to the fact that a main character died in the movie and honestly no sequel or TV continuation would work without him and also all the actors involved with the series have moved on and would not be able to come back (they could for a movie but Staite already expressed dis-interest in doing so and as a i stated before main character is dead).

      • Tim

        just curious (as a firefly fan)… I never heard Jewel say she wasn’t interested – what did she say?

  • Ben Varkentine

    “Buffy” wasn’t cancelled? Then why isn’t it still on the air?

    • Tet

      Because the series ended?

      There is a difference between letting a series finish where it’s supposed to and cancelling it.

  • E-Dawg

    Well, he’s got the “over-written” part right. I loved pretty much everything about Avengers except the bloody dialogue. Overly-cryptic, desperate… Witty to a fault. Every line just has to be a gem. If he wants to go again as a director, that’s cool, just let ANYBODY else write the dialogue.

    • Kleindrive

      Any project Joss is involved with will have quippy, witty dialogue. It is one of his signature techniques, and, in my opinion, one of his greatest strengths as a writer and in the development of his characters. Many of Whedon’s die hard fans find this to be one of their favorite things about him.

      On another note entirely, I’ve heard many people say this was one of their favorite parts of the movie, Whedon fans or not.

  • Rickey G

    I’m sure Joss is gonna get right on that, E-Dawg! He’s trolling around Collider and saw a post from a guy named E-Dawg and went with a name like that he can’t be wrong! He then precedes to mangle his hands on a table saw to prevent further writing. Quick get the writer of Big Moms’s House 2 in here cause ANYONE is better than Joss. Derp!

    • E-Dawg

      Look! A reply button. Derp.

  • pills_26

    Honestly, I just want to hug this man. But I’m afraid I must settle with hugging my computer.

  • dogg

    I told you so.

  • ziggy

    first off, this was a great and humble gesture by whedon.

    second, edawg. the writing and the dialogue MADE avengers. if you knew anything about marvel and the inter character relationships you would know joss hit the nail on the head and then added his own irreverant style.

    overly cryptic and desperate? do you even know what the F$%$% you are typing? talk about pretentious and meaningless bullshit. joss knows the characters and knows the comics. the humor and pace of that movie was very important to its success.

  • clawwolf

    first off, this was a great and humble gesture by whedon.

    second, edawg. the writing and the dialogue MADE avengers. if you knew anything about marvel and the inter character relationships you would know joss hit the nail on the head and then added his own irreverant style.

    overly cryptic and desperate? do you even know what the F$%$% you are typing? talk about pretentious and meaningless bullshit. joss knows the characters and knows the comics. the humor and pace of that movie was very important to its success.

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  • ab

    I hope they have him make a Hulk movie. Hulk made this movie funny and awesome.

  • CoulsonOnHold

    Thank YOU Joss!

    I’ve never been able to get into Buffy or Angel, and lost interest in Dollhouse. But I absolutely love Firefly/Serenity!! Besides owning two versions of Serenity it’s been a favorite gift to give friends who hadn’t yet discovered it. And I’ve gifted the Firefly box set a couple of times as well.

    With Avengers you made a movie I’ve been essentially waiting for for almost forty years. In truth you gave us an even better film than I thought we would get (and I had pretty high hopes).

    You also gave me a great mantra:
    ‘I don’t care, I’m still free. You can’t take the sky from me.’ LOVE that.

    One request, though….VISION! For A2 or A3. Please.

    Congratulations and again THANKS!

  • CoulsonOnHold

    Of course that mantra is from Firefly not Avengers.

  • Banes

    He is great talent wonder he has not directed much movie Avengers is his third act. He should have directed much movies.

  • paul tracy

    whedon benefits from an enormous girth of absolute atrocious filmmaking. the Avengers wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great now, was it? really? a few jokes that breached convention somehow marks groundbreaking work? come one.

    ~ p

    • Neo

      Finally someone who gets it.
      Whedon is definitively overrated.
      Avengers wasn’t crowning achievement (except maybe for Whedons career).
      A superhero movie like all others.
      Movie broke records because it has been talked, and talked about it for years now, and everyone WANTED finally to see it.
      But let face it, if anyone else directed it, people would go see it as well.

      Because of a bet, I went to see it again with a friend (hehe at least I didn’t have to pay for it), and throughout a movie I shown him so many exact or similar stunts and shots completely taken from other movies, so he finally conceded and said that movie is full of cliches. His response was – but they are Avnegers, I waited for this movie so long.
      I acknowledge there are funny moments, and some good action, but you have to admit there is nothing revolutionary and nothing we haven’t already seen.

      • Reader

        I don’t think you guys get it. You guys don’t realize how much of an undertaking it is to tell a story with 5 different characters from 3 different movies with 3 different themes. If it was that easy, we would’ve had a perfect Fantastic Four, Watchmen movie or a good X-Men story and that’s handling a single theme. Lets take it down a notch, if putting Avengers together is that easy, we would’ve had satisfiable Green Lantern, DareDevil, Ghost Rider, Elektra, Superman: Returns story – and those are just 1 major character. So yeah, it is a crowning achievement, and 4 out of 5 critics agree.

  • Bobby Mitchell

    Thanks Joss! I haven’t seen Avengers, but I will. I’m a huge fan of your work and damn happy to see you succeed in such a huge way. Thanks

  • snapperhead

    It’s interesting. I’ve been a fan of his for over a decade, but somehow it’s slightly different than with any other filmmaker I admire. I never really gave it much thought before, but now that all of my friends and co-workers love the Avengers, I’ve noticed something while talking to them about the movie. When I talk (or type) about any other director, there is a certain amount of respectful distance. From Kubrick and Kurosawa, to Tarantino and del Toro. Spielberg, Scorsese, Cameron, Nolan… whoever. But when I mention THIS man, when I talk about this guy… I always just call him Joss.

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    as Eddie implied I’m blown away that a person able to profit $7977 in four weeks on the internet. did you look at this site N u t t y R i c h dot c o m

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  • tay

    i know i am in the minority, but nonetheless, i went to see ‘avengers’ only because it is a joss whedon film. i have no interest in comic books, but would go support anything joss does because ‘buffy’ basically raised me and taught me how to handle life. if ‘avengers 2′ is written by anyone but joss, i would not see it. it would just be another blockbuster i have no interest in, such as ‘twilight’ or ‘dark knight’ (nope, didn’t see that).