One might say that Joss Whedon has built up a bit of a reputation for being the writer that loves killing off beloved characters in his works–and one would technically be right in thinking that considering Whedon’s track record, but that doesn’t mean he appreciates the label.
In a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session on Tuesday, Whedon chatted with fans about his work, new and old. One fan asked if killing off a character had some sort of profound emotional impact, with a follow-up question of “Who was the toughest to kill?”
Whedon had this to say in response:
“I actually find it refreshing.. delightful.. vaguely arousing.. Actually, I’m, no offense, very tired of being labelled as “the guy who kills people”. Shakespeare (he’s this hot new writer) does it way more than me, and everyone’s all excited about how he, as it were, holds a mirror up to nature, while I’m like the Jason Voorhees of the writing community. Unfair.”
Whedon also revealed who was the toughest character to kill off–and, if you haven’t seen and plan to watch Buffy at any point, you may want to skip to the next paragraph–which he says was Buffy’s mom.
The AMA session wasn’t entirely morbid, though. In addition to answering that bit, Joss also had a few things to say about ‘The Avengers‘. Specifically, one user asked what it was like to work with a batch of Hollywood heavy hitters, such as Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson.
“Handling that many stars was easy, because they looked after each other. They cared about the work. They one time did what I said (well, asked). No, it really was a dream ensemble. … [It was] like herding adorable kittens.”