The new EW will feature a long-form interview with Joss Whedon. Looks like it will cover all things Avengers 2 and Marvel and Agents of SHIELD. In the preview on-line, EW asked Whedon about Vampire craze–specifically Twilight and The Vampire Diaries–that has held American audiences for the recent past:
“A small part of you is like: ‘Well, you know, I did that first. I liked that band before they were popular,’” he says. “The thing about Buffy for me is–on a show-by-show basis–are there female characters who are being empowered, who are driving the narrative? The Twilight thing and a lot of these franchise attempts coming out, everything rests on what this girl will do, but she’s completely passive, or not really knowing what the hell is going on. And that’s incredibly frustrating to me because a lot of what’s taking on the oeuvre of Buffy, is actually a reaction against it. Everything is there — except for the Buffy. A lot of things aimed at the younger kids is just Choosing Boyfriends: The Movie.”
Also: Whedon’s wrong about Empire.