Joss Whedon

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Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon (born 23.6.1964)
Joss Whedon is an American film maker receiving credits in screenwriting, directing, producing, composing and acting as well as being a comic book author and founder of Mutant Enemy Productions. Whedon is best known for being the creator and show runner for cult and critically recognised, Emmy nominated television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as his recent work on the Avengers and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Joss Whedon: Childhood
Joss Whedon was born into a screenwriting family and has been described as the first "third-generation TV writer" as he is the son of Tom Whedon, a screenwriter for the Electric Company (1970's) and The Golden Girls (1980's), and grandson of John Whedon, writer of the Donna Reed Show (1950's). Joss' mother was an unpublished novelist who taught History at Riverdale Country School in New York where Joss grew up. Joss is the younger brother of Samuel and Matthew Whedon and older brother of writers Jed and Zack Whedon who have collaborated with Joss in some of his latter work.
Joss spent 2 years at Winchester College, England before graduating from Wesleyan University in 1987 and has been stated to have shown a great interest in acting and writing from an early age.

Joss Whedon: Career
Whedon began his career in the film industry via following his father and grandfather in television writing. In 1989 Whedon was acknowledged with a 4 episode writing credit in the Golden Globe winning Roseanne, created by Matt Williams and a 3 episode writing credit in Parenthood in 1990.
During 1992 Whedon collaborated with Director, Fran Rubel Kuzui and released Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a feature film about a teenage girl who learns she is destined to battle vampires. The film received a mixed response and didn't win any major awards.
In 1996 Whedon (along with six other writers, including Andrew Stanton) was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the screenplay of Toy Story, starring Academy Award winner, Tom Hanks and Golden Globe winner Tim Allen. The award went to Christopher McQuarrie for The Usual Suspects.
In 1997 Whedon revived the concept of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) which ultimately became the Golden Globe nominated television series by the same name. Between 1997 and 2003 the show featured seven series, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers and achieved critical and public success. The series also resulted in a spin-off show featuring Angel (originally seen on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) which ran between 1992 and 2004 (often being shown directly after Buffy the Vampire Slayer). The television show spanned 111 episodes over 5 series and was self titled after lead character 'Angel' played by David Boreanaz.
Whedon continued to create and write during the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and in 2002, Joss Whedon's Firefly, starring Nathan Fillion and Gina Torres was aired. The show won a Primetime Emmy in 2004 and despite only running for one series due to cancellation and episodes being re-ordered and not shown, the television show lead to the release of Serenity, a 119 minute feature film based on the television series, starring the same cast. The film received critical praise including a UK Empire award nomination for Best Newcomer.
Whedon continued to write, produce and direct small television films and series including a 2 episode directing credit in The US Office before writing box office hit The Cabin in the Woods released in 2011. The film took a unique approach on previous horror films including multiple intertextual references which some reviews claimed were too clever for its own good. The film starred Chris Hemsworth who Whedon continued to work with on The Avengers in 2012.

The Avengers became the 3rd highest grossing film of all time at the worldwide box office behind Avatar and Titanic (both directing by James Cameron, said to be one of Whedon's inspirations). The film featured multiple superheroes brought together by Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D to fight a threatening, alien force. The Avengers was nominated for an Academy Award and starred, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston.
Whedon was considered appropriate for the role due to his involvement and role in previous comic books. Whedon is the author of Dark Horse Comics, Fray and is involved with the Buffy comics (along with many other cast and crew members). Whedon has also wrote material on Serenity, Astonishing X Men and issue #26 of Superman/Batman.
Whedon is set to write and direct Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, a new television show set in the same world as the Avengers, as well as the Avengers 2 due for release in 2015.

Joss Whedon: Personal Life
Whedon has two children, Arden Cole and Squire Cole with producer and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures, Kai Cole.
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15th August 2014 -

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Avengers 2: Age of Ultron has wrapped, we know that because Joss Whedon posted it on Twitter in classic Whedon style – a witty picture posing the question, “What do I do now?”.Joss Whedon has...

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25th April 2014 -

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22nd April 2014 -

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25th March 2014 -

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20th March 2014 -

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19th March 2014 -

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5th March 2014 -

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We practically fell off our chair with excitement when we saw that Buffy and Angel, sorry, Sarah Michelle Gellar and David Boreanaz have recently been reunited! Sarah tweeted a pic of her and her old...

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Packs Its Bags, Heads for South Korea

19th February 2014 -

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Joss Whedon’s superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron will shoot in the South Korean capital of Seoul, Marvel announced on Tuesday (February 18, 2014). It’s one of several international shooting locations for the follow-up to...

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23rd October 2013 -

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Marvel are on a high right now; not only is their second phase of films coming along strongly, with positive reviews for their current releases and a strong roster of forthcoming releases, but their TV...

Steady Avengers Fans, Joss Whedon Hasn't Signed On For Third Movie

22nd October 2013 -

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Joss Whedon has yet to sign on to direct the third Avengers movie and is concentrating on helming the sequel Age of Ultron.At the press junket for Thor: The Dark World, Screenrant asked Marvel Studios...

After A Successful Start, ABC's Agents Of Shield Gets Full Season Pickup

13th October 2013 -

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Good news for hardcore Joss Whedon fans and those impressed with his newest show, Agents of SHIELD – the Marvel series has gotten a full-season pickup from ABC. This means that the company has bought...

Superhero Squabbles: Marvel's 'Avengers, Assembly Required' DVD Is Out There [Video]

9th October 2013 -

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The DVD, which features the pilot episode for Marvel’s Avengers, Assembly Required, is out there. It came out this week and sees Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow and the newest recruit,...

Confirmed - Elizabeth Olsen On Board For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

4th October 2013 -

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Well, it’s basically confirmed, because Samuel L. Jackson said it, and he’s Samuel L. Jackson. Elizabeth Olsen will be making her super hero movie bow with Avengers: Age Of Ultron when it comes out in...

Elizabeth Olsen Snaffles Avengers 2 Role, After Saoirse Ronan Passes

3rd October 2013 -

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Elizabeth Olsen will play Scarlet Witch in Joss Whedon's forthcoming superhero sequel Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, according to Nick Fury himself, Samuel L Jackson. Irish actress Saoirse Ronan was originally offered the part, but...

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Suffers H.U.G.E Drop In Viewers

3rd October 2013 -

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D viewers were treated to a cameo from Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in the second episode on Tuesday night (October 1, 2013), though 34% of those who tuned in for the...

Agents of SHIELD Premieres To Good Ratings And Even Better Reviews

25th September 2013 -

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Finally, after months of anticipation, ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aired tonight. Now, as the dust settles and Tumblr quickly gets flooded with Episode 1 gifs and stills, it is about time for a headcount. The...

The Buildup Is Almost Over For Marvel and ABC's "Agents Of SHIELD"

24th September 2013 -

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The premiere of Marvel’s eagerly anticipated series Agents of SHIELD is fast approaching – the show will air tonight, September 24th at 8PM. Agents will focus on the work of the non-superhero part of Marvel...

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24th September 2013 -

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It’s been called the first network superhero show to rival Arrow, which was a surprise success in its own right. That’s right, Agents of SHIELD debuts tonight on ABC, taking place after the monumental battle...

'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Premieres Tonight - What Can We Expect?

24th September 2013 -

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will premiere on ABC tonight (24 September). The show sees Clark Gregg reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson. Gregg will be supported by Ming-Na Wen (ER); Chloe Bennet (Nashville);...

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22nd September 2013 -

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The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D have been a crucial element to the Marvel film universe for the past several years, they first appeared in 'Iron Man' (2008) after the credits and have since been featured in...

James Spader To Be The Voice, And Possibly Body, Of Ultron

30th August 2013 -

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James Spader acting in a Joss Whedon-directed superhero movie – few things could delight a nerdy comic book/film fan more than this. The actor has just signed on to play the villain in Avengers: Age...

James Spader Taking on Ultron In 'Avengers 2' - No Spanking, Just a Touch of World Domination

30th August 2013 -

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Avengers: Age of Ultron has one of its titular characters in the form of James Spader. He will play the evil super-robot Ultron, who wants to use his powerful abilities to destroy all of humanity....

James Spader Confirmed As Main Villain In 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

30th August 2013 -

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After weeks of speculation, James Spader has emerged as the man to take on the part of Ultron in the upcoming sequel to 2012's massively successful The Avengers. The star of the NBC series The...

Fans Split As Ben Affleck Picked As The New Batman: He Has The Chin, But Does He Have The Chops?

24th August 2013 -

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In a move that has surprised, and in some cases outraged fans, Ben Affleck has been picked to play Batman in the upcoming sequel to this years Superman epic Man of Steel. The Oscar-winning Argo...

Relax, UK: Joss Whedon's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Is Coming To Channel 4

23rd August 2013 -

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Ok, all you Joss Whedon fans in the UK - it's time to stop emailing Marvel, ABC, or Joss himself about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.After a fierce bidding war, Channel 4 beat Sky for the rights...

Bradley Cooper To Play Rocket Raccoon In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'?

23rd August 2013 -

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Marvel studios have two highly anticipated superhero ensemble films coming out in the next few years, with Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron heading to the big screen in the...

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