Whedon at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con
|Born||Joseph Hill Whedon
June 23, 1964
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Wesleyan University|
|Occupation||Writer, director, producer, composer, actor|
|Notable work(s)||Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Dollhouse, The Cabin in the Woods, The Avengers|
|Style||Science fiction, supernatural drama, comedy-drama, superhero|
|Influenced by||Ray Bradbury, Tim Burton, James Cameron, Philip K. Dick, Neil Gaiman, John Hughes, Monty Python, Sam Raimi, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ridley Scott, Rod Serling, William Shakespeare, Stephen Sondheim, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino|
|Influenced||Bob Harris, Damon Lindelof, Joe Hill|
|Spouse(s)||Kai Cole (1992-present)|
|Relatives||John Whedon (grandfather)
Tom Whedon (father)
Jed Whedon (brother)
Zack Whedon (brother)
Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon (pron.: //; born June 23, 1964) is an American screenwriter, film and television producer, director, comic book author, composer, and actor. He is the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures. He is best known as the creator and showrunner of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003), Angel (1999–2004), Firefly (2002–2003), Dollhouse (2009–2010), and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013), as well as Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008). Whedon co-wrote Toy Story (1995), wrote and directed Serenity (2005), co-wrote and produced the horror film The Cabin in the Woods (2012), and wrote and directed the film adaptation of Marvel's The Avengers (2012), the third highest-grossing film of all time.
Whedon is notable for his work in the comic books Astonishing X-Men, Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, Angel: After the Fall and Runaways, and his collaborations in online media. Many of Whedon's projects have cult status.
Early life 
Joss Whedon was born in New York City. He has been described as the world's first third-generation TV writer, as he is the son of Tom Whedon, a screenwriter for The Electric Company in the 1970s and The Golden Girls in the 1980s, and the grandson of John Whedon, a writer for The Donna Reed Show in the 1950s. His mother, Lee Stearns, taught history at Riverdale Country School as Lee Whedon, and was an unpublished novelist. Whedon is the younger brother of Samuel and Matthew Whedon and older brother of writers Jed and Zack Whedon.
Whedon graduated from Wesleyan University in 1987. Before going to Wesleyan he spent two years at Winchester College in England. He attended Riverdale Country School in New York City where his mother taught history. At a young age he was a prolific writer, loved Monty Python and showed great interest in acting.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 
Years after having his script for the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer produced, Whedon revived the concept as a television series of the same name. Buffy the Vampire Slayer went on to become a critical and cult hit receiving an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series in 2000. Buffy ran for five seasons on The WB Television Network before being relocated to the UPN Network for its final two seasons.
Angel was a spin-off of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, featuring Buffy's vampire-with-a-soul ex-boyfriend as the title character. Angel debuted on The WB in September 1999 and ran for five seasons; during its first two seasons, Angel episodes were broadcast immediately following Buffy episodes.
In 2002, Whedon created the Space Western television series Firefly, which was broadcast on the Fox network. The series was canceled after only 11 of the 14 completed episodes were aired, many out of intended order. After the cancellation, Whedon wrote the script for a Firefly movie, titled Serenity. In early 2004 Whedon announced that it had been greenlit by Universal Studios, and the film was widely released in the United States on September 30, 2005.
In late 2007, Eliza Dushku, with whom Whedon worked on Buffy and Angel, met over lunch to discuss possible ideas for a series for her to star in and came up with an idea that excited both of them. The show, Dollhouse, was announced by Fox in November 2008 to begin airing on February 13, 2009. Dollhouse was canceled after two seasons due to low ratings.
Other work 
Whedon is noted for his directing work in television, which includes two 2007 episodes of The Office ("Business School" and "Branch Wars") as well as a 2010 episode of the musical series Glee ("Dream On") in which he reunited with his Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog star Neil Patrick Harris.
Although not yet an actor, he made cameo appearances in his own shows as well as others. He voiced a radio newsreader in the Buffy season one episode, "I, Robot... You, Jane". In the season two Angel episode "Through the Looking Glass", he made a cameo appearance under heavy makeup as Numfar, a character whose entire role was to perform comical dances. In Firefly, Whedon appeared as a guest at a funeral in the final produced episode, "The Message". He made a brief appearance as an overbearing rental-car clerk in an episode of Veronica Mars, "Rat Saw God", in 2005; Whedon is a vocal fan of Veronica Mars. He voiced himself in two episodes of Seth Green's television series Robot Chicken titled "Rabbits on a Roller Coaster" in 2007 and "Help Me" in 2008.
In 2012, Whedon stated that although television involves more compromise than film:
I think, ultimately, gun to my head, TV is the place. Being able to spend years with a character, to really develop them, to understand them, to challenge the actor, to learn from the actor, to work with a team of writers -- that experience is so fulfilling. The idea of putting something out there and letting it grow is really exciting.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 
In 2012, Whedon signed a deal to develop an upcoming Marvel TV show for ABC. Titled Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it will focus on the secret military law-enforcement agency featured throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The pilot was penned by Whedon, his brother Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, directed by Whedon, and executive produced by himself, Jed Whedon, Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell, and Jeph Loeb. Whedon stated that the storyline of the series would be largely independent from the Avengers sequel, and will mostly revolve around the title espionage organization.
Early work 
Whedon wrote or co-wrote several films, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Toy Story, Alien Resurrection, Titan A.E. and Atlantis: The Lost Empire. The song "My Lullaby" from The Lion King II: Simba's Pride was written by Whedon and Seattle native Scott Warrender. He was nominated (along with six other writers) for an Academy Award for Toy Story's screenplay. He wrote uncredited drafts or rewrites of Speed, Waterworld, Twister and X-Men. According to Graham Yost, the credited writer of Speed, Whedon wrote most of the film's dialogue; in contrast, Whedon claimed that the released X-Men film contained only two dialogue exchanges that he had contributed to the screenplay, and that the final version of Atlantis: The Lost Empire contained "not a shred" of his work. Whedon expressed strong dissatisfaction with the released versions of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer film, Titan A.E. and Alien Resurrection. In November 2008, Whedon guest starred in the premiere episode of The Write Environment, a direct to DVD series featuring in-depth, candid one-on-one interviews with some of TV's most prolific and well known series creator/writers.
He wrote and directed 2005's Serenity, based on his television series Firefly. Serenity won the 2006 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form. Beginning in January 2006, fans (with Universal's blessing) began organizing worldwide charity screenings called "Can't Stop the Serenity" (CSTS), a play on a line in the film: "You can't stop the signal", to benefit Equality Now, a human rights organization supported by Joss Whedon. Over $500,000 has been raised for Equality Now since 2006. As of May 1, 2011, 45 cities were registered for CSTS 2011 in 6 countries and 24 U.S. states.
The Cabin in the Woods 
Whedon wrote a horror film titled The Cabin in the Woods with Drew Goddard, which finished production in 2009. The film was produced by MGM, but once the studio went bankrupt, the film was held back. It was given a theatrical release on April 13, 2012 and was distributed by Lionsgate. Goddard directed the Whedon-produced film, which starred Bradley Whitford, Chris Hemsworth, Fran Kranz, and Richard Jenkins.
The Avengers 
In April 2010, it was confirmed that Whedon would direct The Avengers, a live-action adaptation of the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. The film premiered on April 11, 2012. It was highly successful at the box office, grossing $1 billion worldwide within 19 days of its release, earning the biggest opening weekend of all-time, and becoming the third highest-grossing film ever at the North American box office. The film received considerable praise from critics, with the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reporting a 92% positive rating based on 279 reviews.
Much Ado About Nothing 
On October 24, 2011, Bellwether Pictures confirmed they had completed principal photography on an adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing, which is directed and produced by Joss Whedon. It was filmed in 12 days in Santa Monica. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and has a theatrical release date of June 7, 2013. Whedon also composed Much Ado About Nothing's score.
In Your Eyes 
The Avengers 2 
On August 7, 2012, it was confirmed that Whedon would return to write and direct a sequel to The Avengers, following a deal with Marvel Studios that will expire after three years, in June 2015. The film will be released on May 1, 2015.
Other work 
Comic books 
Whedon, a lifelong comic book fan, is the author of the Dark Horse Comics miniseries Fray which takes place in the far future of the Buffyverse. Whedon returned to the world of Fray during the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight arc, "Time of Your Life".
Like many other authors from the Buffy TV show, he contributed to the show's comic book version: he wrote three stories in the anthology Tales of the Slayers (including one featuring Melaka Fray from Fray) and the main storyline of the five-issue miniseries Tales of the Vampires.
The three-issue miniseries Serenity: Those Left Behind, based on the Firefly series and leading up to the film Serenity, was released June through August 2005. Co-written with Brett Matthews and pencilled by Will Conrad, the first issue featured covers drawn by John Cassaday, J. G. Jones, and Bryan Hitch, as well as other artists for the second and third issues. The first two issues went to a second printing. The trade paperback featured a new cover by acclaimed painter Adam Hughes.
A second three-issue Serenity miniseries Serenity: Better Days, was released in March, April, and May 2008. "Better Days" reunites Whedon, Matthews, Conrad, and Adam Hughes, who will provide all three covers. The three covers form a larger panorama of the ship's crew. "Better Days" is set before "Those Left Behind", and features the full crew of Serenity. A trade paperback featuring a cover by Jo Chen was released in October 2008.
Whedon and others have mentioned that more Serenity comics are planned for the near future, and will be based in the Firefly continuation of the series, including one about Shepherd Book. Likewise, Whedon and other former Buffy writers have released a new ongoing Buffy which takes place after the series finale "Chosen", which he officially recognizes as the canonical "Season 8". The first issue was released on March 14, 2007 by Dark Horse Comics. Following the success of issue one of Buffy season eight, IDW Publishing approached Whedon about similarly producing a canonical Angel Season 6. Angel: After the Fall has 14 issues published as of November 19, 2008 with 3 more to come following the adventures of Angel and his team after the TV series ended, where the title of the series will then change to Angel: Aftermath. Although Whedon has not had the time to write the series, he has served as executive producer with Brian Lynch, writing the season 6 story.
Whedon wrote Astonishing X-Men in Marvel Comics' popular line of comics about the X-Men but finished his 24 issue run in 2008 and handed over the writing reins to Warren Ellis. The title, recreated specifically for Whedon, has been one of Marvel's best-selling comics as of 2006 and was nominated for several Eisner Awards including Best Serialized Story, Best Continuing Series, Best New Series and Best Writer, winning the Best Continuing Series award in 2006. One storyline from this comic, the notion of a cure for mutation being found, was also an element in the third X-Men film, X-Men: The Last Stand. Whedon introduced several new characters into the Marvel Universe such as the villainous Ord, X-Men Ruth "Blindfold" Aldine and Hisako "Armor" Ichiki, Runaway Klara Prast and Special Agent Abigail Brand, along with S.W.O.R.D., the organization she commands.
Whedon is the second writer of the critically acclaimed and fan-favorite Marvel comic Runaways, taking over after series creator Brian K. Vaughan completed his run. Whedon had been a fan of the series for some time, and had a letter published in the first volume, which was included in the Volume 1 hardcover.
Whedon's other comic-related work includes writing the introduction to Identity Crisis trade paperback and a contribution to the "jam issue" Superman/Batman #26 (to date his only published work for DC Comics), writing short pieces for Marvel's Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man and Giant-Size X-Men #3, and he was the subject of an issue of Marvel Spotlight (alongside artist Michael Lark). He contributed as part of a panel of writers to Marvel Comics' Civil War crossover event, lending advice in how to tell the story and how to end it.
In February 2009, Astonishing X-Men #6, which depicted the return of Colossus to the title, and concluded Whedon's first story arc on that title, was named by Marvel Comics readers the #65 in Marvel's Top 70 Comics of all time.
Online media 
In 2005 he released a series of online shorts titled the R. Tam sessions, starring himself and Summer Glau, which served as a form of viral marketing for Serenity. In 2007, he launched a free webcomic, titled Sugarshock! hosted on Dark Horse comic's Myspace page.
In March 2008, Whedon teamed up with his brothers Zack Whedon and Jed Whedon, along with Jed's then-fiancée Maurissa Tancharoen to write, compose and produce the musical superhero spoof, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. The musical stars Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and Felicia Day. Whedon conceived of Dr. Horrible over the year before and production took place over seven days during the Writers Guild strike. The project was freely available online from July 15 until July 20. In August, Whedon released a new Serenity/Firefly comic free online Serenity: The Other Half. In September, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Soundtrack, made the top 40 Album list despite being a digital exclusive only available on iTunes. The Soundtrack was successful enough to pay its crew and all its bills.
In February 2009, he stated that after his series Dollhouse was over, whether by cancellation or reaching its end, he planned on putting his efforts purely into on-line content like Dr. Horrible. In the Dr. Horrible bonus feature Commentary! The Musical!, Joss sings the song "Heart (Broken)" about the crippling scrutiny and commercialisation of producing fiction for a modern consumer audience.
Whedon appears in all three episodes of Husbands season two as Wes, and said that it was his "biggest acting role yet". Whedon appeared in the Cracked.com video called "Potty Training a 25-Year-Old", as a bathroom coach. Whedon played the character Gerald in the first episode of Written by a Kid.
Unrealized projects 
Whedon had a number of planned projects that became stuck in development or terminally stalled. Among these, a Buffy animated series, a set of television movies for The WB based on Angel and Buffy characters, and Ripper - a proposed BBC pilot about Rupert Giles. Ripper was announced to be in development at the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con. The development process was set to begin in 2008, and Ripper to be aired that summer, yet the pilot did not materialize due to copyright issues. Early in his career, Whedon sold two spec scripts that weren't produced; Suspension and Afterlife. He sold Suspension for $750,000, with an additional $250,000 if production had commenced. It was described as "Die Hard on a bridge". A year later in 1994, he sold Afterlife for $1.5 million, with an additional $500,000 if production had commenced. In 2000, Andy Tennant was in talks to direct and rewrite. In Afterlife there were precursors to many of the themes Whedon would later explore in Dollhouse. The script was about Daniel Hoffstetter, a government scientist, who awakes after dying to discover his mind has been imprinted on a mind-wiped body. Whedon had been hired to write and direct a Warner Bros. adaptation of Wonder Woman. However, in February 2007, Whedon announced that he would no longer be involved with the project. "We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that's never gonna work. Non-sympatico. It happens all the time". In late 2009, Whedon made a bid of $10,000 for control of future Terminator material.
Goners was announced in 2005. According to Variety magazine, it was a fantasy thriller under development by Universal Studios, and was to be produced by Mary Parent and Scott Stuber. When asked about the film itself during an interview, Whedon said, "It is a fantasy thriller, it is pretty dark and it’s all me. So people will pretty much know what that means if they look at my body of work. But it’s a new universe set in the present day with a new concept for me and a new bunch of characters. It’s been a long time since I got to do that, so that’s really fun".
From a 2006 interview with Fanboy Radio:
I've been seeing a lot of horror movies that are torture-porn, where kids we don't care about are mutilated for hours, and I just cannot abide them... it's an antidote to that very kind of film, the horror movie with the expendable human beings in it. Because I don't believe any human beings are.
Directorial style, themes and influences 
Whedon spoke about his approach to screenwriting.
Structure is the hardest part of storytelling. With The Avengers, the structure nearly killed me. It was very difficult to make it flow and cohere in terms of all the changing perspectives and characters, all these movie stars, all these beats to hit. It’s a ridiculously complex puzzle. But once you’ve got the puzzle, and you’re just filling in the voices and coming up with the moments, that’s what’s fun.
He also spoke about his penchant to kill off characters.
The percentage of people who die... is a lot. I think it's pretty near everybody. The percentage of people that I kill - not so many. I think the reason that my rep is so nasty is that I tend to do it [...] unexpectedly, or to someone people are recently invested in, and that is a real mission statement for me, because; death doesn't leave a card. Death doesn't take Hitler. It doesn't work according to story plans. And when a death feels like a loss, gives you grief... then you have told a story that involves death.
I don't think it looks good if it doesn't look real. That veracity is the most important thing. You want to feel like this is definitely happening. I am very strict about letting people feel the space that something's happening in, and the environment has got to be a key part of it. Generally you just try to mix just as much practical with CGI as possible, so people really don't know where one begins and the other ends.
Many of Whedon's altered phrases, and heavily popularized words have entered a common usage called "Slayer Slang", which PBS included an entire section of in their article series Do You Speak American?. In an issue of Buffy Season Eight, where Buffy travels to the future, Whedon writes Buffy's reaction to the future dialect of Manhattan; this allows Whedon to comment on the series' distinctive style of dialogue. "Buffy blames herself for what's happened to the English language, and there's a lot of hubris in that joke. I like to think that adding Y's to words that don't usually have Y's is going to destroy the whole fabric of our society".
In terms of characters, Whedon's works usually revolve around an ensemble of protagonists, primarily focused on a loner hero who ends up working with others to accomplish a goal. He says of the recurring aspects of community, "Everything I write tends to turn into a superhero team, even if I didn't mean for it to. I always start off wanting to be solitary, because a) it's simpler, and b) that isolation is something that I relate to as a storyteller. And then no matter what, I always end up with a team". Examining a typical motif, he explained, "I tend to write about people who are helpless or out of control who then regain or retake control".
Thematically, Whedon's films and TV series feature several allusions to components like contemporary philosophy; existentialism, anti-authoritarianism, power, powerlessness, betrayal, revenge, deception, sexuality, sacrifice, misogyny, and feminism. Whedon gives his mother credit for inspiring the elements of feminism in his work. When asked how he could write so well for women, he answered "If you met my mom, you wouldn't ask". The character Kitty Pryde from the X-Men comics was an early model for Whedon's strong teenage girl characters, "If there's a bigger influence on Buffy than Kitty, I don't know what it was. She was an adolescent girl finding out she has great power and dealing with it". Kitty Pryde later played a central role in Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men. In response to why he writes such strong women characters, he famously replied, "Because you're still asking me that question".
Personal life 
Whedon married to producer and co-founder of Bellwether Pictures, Kai Cole. They have 2 children; son Arden Cole (b. 2002) and daughter Squire Cole.
Religious and philosophical views 
Whedon has identified himself as an atheist on multiple occasions. When interviewed by The A.V. Club on October 9, 2002, Whedon answered the question "Is there a God?" with one word: "No." The interviewer followed up with: "That's it, end of story, no?" Whedon answered: "Absolutely not. That's a very important and necessary thing to learn." In one of the Buffy DVD commentaries, Whedon comments that "I don't believe in the 'sky bully'", referring to God under a name coined by his colleague Tim Minear. In addition, during a question and answer session found on the Serenity DVD with fans of the Firefly series at Fox Studios in Sydney, he identifies himself as an atheist and absurdist. Whedon has spoken about existentialism. On the Firefly DVD set, Whedon explains in detail how existentialism, and more specifically the book Nausea, by Jean-Paul Sartre, was used as a basis for the episode "Objects in Space". On this commentary he claimed interest in existential ideas and described the impact of Nausea on his early life. Whedon identifies himself as a humanist. In April 2009, the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University presented Whedon with the 2009 Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism.
Political views 
In July 2012, at the San Diego Comic-Con International, in response to one woman who noted the anti-corporate themes in many of his movies, and asked him to give his economic philosophy in 30 seconds or less, Whedon spoke out against both the socialism he was brought up listening to and capitalism as well, stating that "ultimately all these systems don't work". He went on to say that America is "turning into Tsarist Russia".
Endorsing Barack Obama in the 2012 United States presidential election, Whedon satirically equated Mitt Romney's future as president with a zombie apocalypse, "Romney is ready to make the deep rollbacks in health care, education, social services, reproductive rights, that will guarantee poverty, unemployment, overpopulation, disease, rioting; all crucial elements in creating a nightmare zombie wasteland".
Frequent casting 
|Actor||Buffy the Vampire Slayer
|Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
|The Cabin in the Woods
|Much Ado About Nothing
|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
|Jonathan M. Woodward||✔||✔||✔|
|J. August Richards||✔||✔|
Television credits 
|Series||Episode number||Title||Credit||Original air date|
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer||1.01||"Welcome to the Hellmouth"||Writer||March 10, 1997|
|1.02||"The Harvest"||Writer||March 10, 1997|
|1.10||"Nightmares"||Story (teleplay by David Greenwalt)||May 12, 1997|
|1.11||"Out of Mind, Out of Sight"||Story (teleplay by Ashley Gable and Thomas A. Swyden)||May 19, 1997|
|1.12||"Prophecy Girl"||Writer/director||June 2, 1997|
|2.01||"When She Was Bad"||Writer/director||September 15, 1997|
|2.03||"School Hard"||Story (with David Greenwalt, teleplay by David Greenwalt)||September 29, 1997|
|2.07||"Lie to Me"||Writer/director||November 3, 1997|
|2.11||"Ted"||Co-writer (with David Greenwalt)||December 8, 1997|
|2.14||"Innocence"||Writer/director||January 20, 1998|
|2.21||"Becoming (Part 1)"||Writer/director||May 12, 1998|
|2.22||"Becoming (Part 2)"||Writer/director||May 19, 1998|
|3.01||"Anne"||Writer/director||September 29, 1998|
|3.10||"Amends"||Writer/director||December 15, 1998|
|3.16||"Doppelgangland"||Writer/director||February 23, 1999|
|3.21||"Graduation Day (Part 1)"||Writer/director||May 18, 1999|
|3.22||"Graduation Day (Part 2)"||Writer/director||July 13, 1999|
|4.01||"The Freshman"||Writer/director||October 5, 1999|
|4.10||"Hush"||Writer/director||December 14, 1999|
|4.16||"Who Are You"||Writer/director||February 29, 2000|
|4.22||"Restless"||Writer/director||May 23, 2000|
|5.06||"Family"||Writer/director||November 7, 2000|
|5.16||"The Body"||Writer/director||February 27, 2001|
|5.22||"The Gift"||Writer/director||May 22, 2001|
|6.07||"Once More, with Feeling"||Writer/director/composer/lyricist||November 6, 2001|
|7.01||"Lessons"||Writer||September 24, 2002|
|7.07||"Conversations with Dead People"||Co-writer, uncredited (with Jane Espenson and Drew Goddard; Marti Noxon, uncredited)||November 12, 2002|
|7.22||"Chosen"||Writer/director||May 20, 2003|
|Angel||1.01||"City Of"||Co-writer (with David Greenwalt)/director||October 5, 1999|
|1.04||"I Fall to Pieces"||Story (with David Greenwalt, teleplay by David Greenwalt)||October 26, 1999|
|1.19||"Sanctuary"||Co-writer (with Tim Minear)||May 2, 2000|
|2.01||"Judgment"||Story (with David Greenwalt, teleplay by David Greenwalt)||September 26, 2000|
|2.04||"Untouched"||Director||October 17, 2000|
|2.13||"Happy Anniversary"||Story (with David Greenwalt, teleplay by David Greenwalt)||February 6, 2001|
|3.13||"Waiting in the Wings"||Writer/director||February 4, 2002|
|4.06||"Spin the Bottle"||Writer/director||November 10, 2002|
|5.01||"Conviction"||Writer/director||October 1, 2003|
|5.14||"Smile Time"||Story (with Ben Edlund, teleplay by Ben Edlund)||February 18, 2004|
|5.15||"A Hole in the World"||Writer/director||February 25, 2004|
|5.22||"Not Fade Away"||Co-writer (with Jeffrey Bell)||May 19, 2004|
|Firefly||1.01||"Serenity"||Writer/director||December 20, 2002|
|1.02||"The Train Job"||Co-writer (with Tim Minear)/director||September 20, 2002|
|1.06||"Our Mrs. Reynolds"||Writer||October 4, 2002|
|1.12||"The Message"||Co-writer (with Tim Minear)||July 15, 2003|
|1.14||"Objects in Space"||Writer/director||December 13, 2002|
|1.01||"Ghost"||Writer/director||February 13, 2009|
|1.06||"Man on the Street"||Writer||March 20, 2009|
|1.13||"Epitaph One"||Story (teleplay by Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen)||N/A|
|2.01||"Vows"||Writer/director||September 25, 2009|
|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||1.01||"Pilot"||Co-writer (with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen)/director||TBA|
|1992||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Yes|
|1994||The Getaway||Yes||Co-writer (uncredited)|
|2001||Atlantis: The Lost Empire||Yes||Treatment|
|2011||Thor||Directed the post-credits scene (uncredited)|
|Captain America: The First Avenger||Yes||Co-writer (uncredited)|
|2012||The Cabin in the Woods||Yes||Yes||Co-writer|
|The Avengers||Yes||Yes||Co-wrote the story with Zak Penn|
|2013||Much Ado About Nothing||Yes||Yes||Yes||Composed the score|
|In Your Eyes||Yes||Yes|
|2015||The Avengers 2||Yes||Yes|
|1989–1990||Roseanne||Yes||Writer, story editor|
|1997–2003||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Yes||Yes||Yes||Creator|
|2004||Buffy the Animated Series||Yes||Yes||(unaired) Co-creator|
|2007||The Office||Yes||Episodes directed:
|2010||Glee||Yes||Episode directed: "Dream On"|
|2013||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Co-creator|
|2005||R. Tam sessions||Yes||Yes||Yes||Cameo appearance|
|2008||Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Co-creator, music, lyrics|
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- "YouTube — Joss Whedon Serenity Intro". Youtube.com. February 1, 2007. Retrieved June 16, 2010.
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- Riverdalian, (Riverdale Country School, the Bronx, yearbook), 1971, page 17; and 1972, page 22
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Further reading 
- The A.V. Club interview (First) (2001-09-05) (part 1, part 2)
- The A.V. Club interview (Second) (2007-11-08) (parts 1–3)
- Comeford, AmiJo and Burnett, Tamy (editors) (2010) The Literary Angel: Essays on influences and traditions reflected in the Joss Whedon series McFarland, Jefferson, North Carolina, ISBN 978-0-7864-4661-2
- Davidson, Joy and Wilson, Leah (editors) (2007) The psychology of Joss Whedon : an unauthorized exploration of Buffy, Angel, and Firefly BenBella Books, Dallas, Texas, ISBN 1-933771-25-9
- Espenson, Jane and Wilson, Leah (editors) (2010) Inside Joss' Dollhouse: completely unauthorized, from Alpha to Rossum Smart Pop, Dallas, Texas, ISBN
- Havens, Candace (2003) Joss Whedon: The genius behind Buffy BenBella Books, Dallas, Texas, ISBN 1-932100-00-8
- Koontz, K. Dale (2008) Faith and choice in the works of Joss Whedon McFarland, Jefferson, North Carolina, ISBN 978-0-7864-3476-3
- Leonard, Kendra Preston (editor) (2010) Buffy, Ballads, and Bad Guys Who Sing: Music in the Worlds of Joss Whedon Scarecrow Press, Lanham, Maryland, ISBN 978-0-8108-6945-5
- Waggoner, Erin B. (editor) (2010) Sexual Rhetoric in the Works of Joss Whedon: New essays McFarland, Jefferson, North Carolina, ISBN 978-0-7864-4750-3
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