Joss Whedon’s character archetypes: The Avengers and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

My latest column for Killings, where I compare Joss Whedon’s take on the Marvel superhero characters as they appear in The Avengers to his Buffy the Vampire Slayer characters:

Whedon is clearly a fan of the Marvel characters, and that is why he is able to write for them with such assurance and affection. He hasn’t changed the characters, but made them live up to their potential in the same way that he took characters from teen and horror films and made them so much more in Buffy.

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