The cult-tv hero dominated Hollywood this year with a superhero blockbuster of hulking proportions (''The Cabin the Woods'' was damn good too)

By EW Staff
Updated November 30, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST

Marvel's The Avengers

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When I first met Joss Whedon, I had no idea what Joss Whedon looked like. I went into an office to meet for Firefly, and there was this scruffy guy, redhead, purple sweater with a hole on the chest. I was left alone with him and eventually realized: I guess this is Joss Whedon. It just wasn’t my expectation. But then we started talking, and he exceeded any expectation I could possibly have had. His vision was deep and expansive, emotional and human. He knew every possible angle of the world, he knew how he wanted to tell the story — from characters to sets to color schemes. That’s why he was so perfect for The Avengers. How do you service all those powerful characters? All those actors? You get Joss Whedon. I remember 10 different occasions when I turned to my friends and said, ”That’s so Joss!” I heard his voice in all those characters. What amazes me 10 years after Firefly, he’s the same guy. Incredibly talented. Modest. Funny. Full of passion and things to say. He does what he does for the right reasons: This guy loves telling stories. I love how much attention he’s getting right now. It’s well deserved. And overdue. There are millions of people who’ve known of his talent for years, thanks to Buffy, Angel, and Firefly. Now it seems like everybody knows. I don’t know who the person was who said, ”Let’s get Joss to do The Avengers, and let’s stay off his back and let him do what he does.” But whoever that is? Thank you. I want to shake your hand. —Nathan Fillion

Whedon on
All the love for The Avengers
”It was very sweet. There was so much goodwill. It’s very moving to be eulogized and not dead. And lately I’ve been getting a lot of really hot girls coming up to me and going, ‘Hey, my mom loves you.’ And I’m like, ‘All right!’

What he enjoyed most about making the movie
”I love designing action set pieces. But when you get all these characters, representing all these different perspectives, revealing themselves to each other as they’re coming at each other — that’s gold. All the talky-talk. Yes, there’s an element to which The Avengers is ‘the big machine.’ But what was most astonishing to me making that movie was how personal it was.”

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Marvel's The Avengers

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