The year in Whedon: The sudden but inevitable successes of Joss Whedon in 2012


The year in Whedon: The sudden but inevitable successes of Joss Whedon in 2012

Never again will someone mistakenly refer to as “Josh Whedon” or even “Josh Sweden.” 2012 was Joss Whedon‘s year, and for the God-among-geeks turned veritable Hollywood hotshot, things may never be the same.

In countless articles from MTV to TotalFilm to Entertainment Weekly, Whedon is being hailed as one of the greatest movie people of 2012 or entertainer of the year, and his long overdue successes are being touted as superhuman. Which is fitting, considering.

View slideshow: The year in Whedon

Let’s take a look back at the year in Whedon, all the cool things he did that made us Whedonites go weak in the knees.

“The Cabin in the Woods”: Whedon’s year started of with a bang (and a whimper) with this genre-defying, “very loving hate letter” to horror movies. Co-written and directed by Drew Goddard, “Cabin” has been turning heads all year long.

“The Avengers”: You might have heard of it.

The “Firefly” 10 year reunion: At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con the cast and crew of “Firefly” reunited for a ten year reunion panel. In a room filled with Browncoats, Whedon got teary eyed while expressing his devotion to the short-lived Space Western.

“Much Ado About Nothing” happened: In between principal photography and post-production on “The Avengers,” Joss Whedon managed to film his own take on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” over the course of twelve days at his Santa Monica home with the help of friends and family. No one knows how.

“In Your Eyes” announced: Whedon is back on the indie scene with this self-described “supernatural romance” which is currently in production.

“Dr. Horrible” saw the light of broadcast television: Remember that time Joss Whedon spent the 2008 Writer’s Strike making a musical webseries? This year “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” invaded television when it aired on The CW for the very first time.

Joss wants you to vote for Mitt Romney. No seriously: Whedon released his hilarious endorsement of Mitt Romney for president as the best way to get the country back on track for the zombie apocalypse. Priorities: his are in the right place.

Joss’s triumphant return to TV announced: Marvel contracted Whedon to develop TV show “S.H.I.E.L.D.” as a spin-off from “The Avengers.” The series will star Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson and operate independent of the Marvel cinematic universe.

Big damn “Avengers” movie sequel: And speaking of “The Avengers” shockwaves, after they raked in boatloads of cash from the success of “The Avengers,” Marvel very wisely hired on Whedon to write and direct the sequel.

Cameo on “Husbands”: Whedon made an appearance on former “Buffy” writer Jane Espenson’s webseries, for which he was nominated for a Streamy Award.

“Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope”: Whedon co-produced Morgan Spurlock’s very nostalgic documentary on the largest comic book and pop culture convention in the world. The best part? The DVD comes with a Joss Whedon action figure.

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