Recently in the Avengers movie pre-release thread a few chewers helped me out with some Marvel comics questions, since I haven't read comics in a very long time, and even the very few I did read I can barely remember.
I got a bit reamed out for suggesting Michael Bay as a possible director for The Avengers instead of Whedon because of the flat looking style of the flick. Honestly I have not had much exposure to Whedon, so I didn't realize his writing style was so idiosynchratic and would've been cancelled out by Bay, who I freely admit is not the best action director, but it was just a name I threw out there without giving it much thought. Anyway, now I'm wondering about Whedon himself.
I've heard things here and there about him, the Buffy universe, the Firefly stuff and know he has a huge fanbase. I've seen snippets of Buffy, but never a full episode. I saw a clip from Firefly on youtube. From what I saw it just did nothing for me, but that could be because I didn't watch enough to let it soak in. Or maybe I will never warm to it no matter how much I watch. I think Whedon is a guy you may have to understand in order to appreciate what he does, so I started this thread.
You don't have to win me over, I'm just looking for some insight into what his fans like about him and what his detractors don't, and maybe some of the overall phenomenon of Whedon. I mean, for Marvel to let him write AND direct the Avengers, I'm assuming he's had some major experience with the comic book world. Or did they hire him because they really like Buffy and Firefly?