Which Joss Whedon Characters Resemble Members of The Avengers?

The more I mull it over, the more Joss Whedon makes sense as the director of Marvel's high-profile feature film adaptation of The Avengers. His time in the director's chair isn't extensive, but neither was Jon Favreau's before helming Iron Man, and Whedon's got plenty more geek cred and comic book experience than Favreau ever did. In fact, once you start to really examine Whedon's television work, you might see that his characters aren't so dissimilar from the superheroes who will be populating The Avengers. Let's take a look at who resembles who:


Iron Man :: Mal, Firefly

An ability to mumble pithy comments under his breath? Check. A heart of gold that sometimes gets in the way of his money-making schemes? Check. A gift for looking great in red and a love of traveling through the air? Check and check.


The Hulk :: Willow, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

You wouldn't like either of these two when they're angry. Unfortunately, their tendency to transform at the slightest provocation makes their fellow heroes wary.


Captain America :: Captain Hammer, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Have you ever suspected that under Captain America's goody-goody exterior lies a shamelessly self-congratulatory inner life (and a love of showtunes)?

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  • Are there any ninja ballerinas in the Avengers? Because Joss loves him some ninja ballerinas!

  • toresmonsen says:

    It is time to save Dollhouse

  • Citizen Bitch says:

    How is he going to cast all his regulars in the main roles?

  • Nice list! However, there is no way that Mal is Tony Stark. Mal is more like Captain America if anything - a man who stands by his convictions even if no one else agrees with him. However, Angel is the most like Cap, right down to the brooding stubbornness and having been a part of history.
    If I had to pick someone for Iron Man, I'd say Gunn or Spike - the fun loving party guys who kick ass when they need to.
    And Gru from Angel is totally Thor. A little doofy with the whole "thee" and "thou" thing, but nonetheless a respectable warrior.

  • Jenik says:

    As a huge fan of all things Whedon, I wanted to like these comparisons. But they all felt forced.