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How Do The Avengers Fit Into The Whedonverse?
After yesterday’s first trailer, we compare the Marvel heroes to Joss Whedon’s own...

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One of the (many) reasons we’re a bit excited about The Avengers is that Joss Whedon, who’s writing and directing, has a history of writing great characters who interact brilliantly with one another. Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr Horrible’s Sing-along Blog – all are chocka with memorable characters and fascinating dynamics. And while the characters of these heroes are already more-or-less established, the way that they interact in the particular circumstances of The Avengers film is only just beginning to be hinted at. Here’s how The Avengers seem to be shaping up, comparative to the inhabitants of the Whedonverse – and yes, we know it’s too early for anything but wild speculation, but that’s the fun of the internet!

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How Do The Avengers Fit Into The Whedonverse? | Tony Stark / Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr)
Tony Stark / Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr)

Wisecracker and – as he himself neatly puts it – genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, it already seems like maybe Iron Man’s going to get all the best lines. In that sense, he’s probably closest to Spike from Buffy, another glib bastard we couldn’t help but love. Like Spike (or Angel), he has much to atone for, but he’s working through it and is thoroughly on the side of the angels these days. He also bears more than a passing resemblance to Firefly’s Captain Mal Reynolds, another charismatic leader who sometimes runs before he can walk.

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Let nobody forget that Favreau and the Iron Man team made Tony Stark the way he is today. He also fit in perfectly with Favreau's past characters, as with everybody. More

Posted by nKutzler on Wednesday October 26, 2011, 02:47

Ewww, why are you even comparing the Avengers to Buffy? That's insulting to the Avengers. More

Posted by mastermold on Monday October 17, 2011, 13:11

No way if Jayne's anyone he's Thor More

Posted by Wild about Wilder on Monday October 17, 2011, 09:51

4 truly idiotic article
and even then the choices are suspect. Nick Fury has better dress sense than Giles? Not in a million years. In that get-up Fury looks as camp as knickers whereas Giles looked nothing less than stylish and cool... More

Posted by artilleryman on Saturday October 15, 2011, 23:07

Tony Stark is like Spike?!?!?!?! Do me a favour and go and report some movie news. More

Posted by cannygeet on Friday October 14, 2011, 13:13

6 Fury / Giles
Generally enjoyable, (though not especially substantive,) but I have a slight bone to pick over your description of Col. Fury: "more deadly than his appearance might suggest." Colonel Fury is *Samuel Jackson*, wearing a black leather trench coat and a decidedly piratical eye patch. With a goatee! What *possible* appearance could better suggest deadliness? More

Posted by Mercenary42 on Thursday October 13, 2011, 23:41

Trailer breakdown? More

Posted by Radical_Duck on Thursday October 13, 2011, 22:16

8 Agent Coulson
I have my suspicions that Agent Coulson will serve as the Jonathan of the film... More

Posted by geoffdog77 on Thursday October 13, 2011, 20:52

9 Nick Fury = Giles?
Nick Fury, like Giles, is more deadly than his appearance might suggest? What part of a bad motherfucker in a black leather trenchcoat and eyepatch says 'not deadly' to you? More

Posted by Madhava on Thursday October 13, 2011, 17:19

10 What about the Tams?
You've got Simon's picture mixed up with Xander! Simon's bone structure is much more refined. I like that you bring up Sheperd Book (who was all but neglected in the fandom) but to confuse two directly contrasting characters is a little weird... Besides that, great article. But I would like a trailer breakdown too... Let your nerd wings fly... More

Posted by kisswithatear on Thursday October 13, 2011, 16:03

11 Nerd Alert.
Are you guys a bit bored? What a silly article. I was waiting for you trailer breakdown... Kisses x More

Posted by RobT9 on Thursday October 13, 2011, 15:59

12 Nerd Alert.
Are you guys a bit bored? What a silly article. I was waiting for you trailer breakdown... Kisses x More

Posted by RobT9 on Thursday October 13, 2011, 15:59

13 Please.........
............ don't let Whedon fuck this film up! More

Posted by guysalisbury on Thursday October 13, 2011, 15:59

Great article!! Had a lot of fun reading it. More

Posted by unlisshed on Thursday October 13, 2011, 15:47

15 Echo
I would say Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is closer to Echo from Dollhouse More

Posted by Rob Chappell on Thursday October 13, 2011, 14:51

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