Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon is an American screenwriter, film and television director, film and television producer, 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 of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Whedon co-wrote Toy Story, wrote and directed Serenity, co-wrote and produced The Cabin in the Woods, and wrote and directed The Avengers, the third highest-grossing film of all time.
Whedon is notable for his signature dialogue, which often features dry self-referential humor and heavy emphasis on subtext. His work in comic books includes Astonishing X-Men, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel: After the Fall and Runaways. He is also known for his collaborations in online media. Many of Whedon's projects have cult status.
From a family of screenwriters, he is the grandson of John Whedon, the son of Tom Whedon, and the brother of Zack and Jed Whedon. In May 2013, Whedon was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Wesleyan University.