Joss Whedon, director of superhero film "The Avengers" and creator of "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" is now fighting the baddies himself.
The 48-year-old stars as a monster-fighting hero in "Scary Smash," the first installment of a new YouTube series called "Written by A Kid," which was inspired by the ideas of 5-year-old Brett Baligad.
Whedon's character, Gerald, fights off a monster while donning cowboy-like attire in the half-animated episode. The show also stars Dave Foley, known for the Canadian sketch comedy series "Kids In The Hall," and Kate Micucci of the musical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates. The creators of the series are writers Will Bowles and Josh Flaum.
Whedon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1992 film "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," which inspired his hit series. He talked to OnTheRedCarpet.com about how it feels to be recognized at such a large-scale event.
"It's lovely - it's overwhelming to the point where you have to step back and go, 'Okay, I didn't invent rain. I thought I did for a minute there, but I didn't,'" he said. "You have to sort of get over yourself - you need detox after you're here."
"But at the same time, that approbation and that sort of confirmation that what you were doing wasn't just entertaining, but it was something that was meaningful to you and other people - it's what every artist dreams of, you know?" he added. "I couldn't be luckier."
Whedon also directed the thriller film "Cabin in the Woods," which was released just before hit comic book classic "The Avengers." The superhero movie is currently the third-highest grossing film of all time based on box-office earnings.
Whedon recently helmed "Much Ado About Nothing," a modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy starring Nathan Fillion and Amy Acker. The director's romantic sci-fi film "In Your Eyes," starring Nikki Reed and Jennifer Grey, is also set for release later this year.
Watch Whedon's appearance in "Scary Smash" below.