I went to the movies last night with a few of my friends and we got into an argument about what we should all see – the camps were divided between The Avengers and The Cabin in the Woods. The funny thing about this problem is that both movies are the brain-children of writer/director/producer/all-around creative wizard Joss Whedon.

Whedon on the set of The Avengers

Most people who have heard Whedon’s name before Avengers came out recognized him as the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. A smaller but much more hardcore group, within which I’m proud to count myself, knew (“worshiped” might be more accurate) him as the mind behind cult-classics Firefly and Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Anyone who has taken the time to get familiar with Whedon’s work and style – the quick humor, the complicated plot orchestrations – has a hard time denying his brilliance. (Who could forget Wash’s death scene?  And oh man, Captain Hammer coming in on that truck?) Whedon manages to imbue the hilarity and rush of his work with a startling humanity and depth of emotion. It never feels heavy going down, but it sticks with you, it refuses to leave.

So seeing Whedon bring all of this to the big screen, to what is already one of the top grossing movies of all time, is really exciting. It’s great that audiences get to experience it, and maybe even better that Hollywood can put big-budget faith in directors of his intellectual caliber.

Speaking of exciting: Whedon recently confirmed that his crew is beginning work on a Dr. Horrible 2 this summer. Still no Firefly on the horizon, sadly.