It should never be said that Avengers director Joss Whedon doesn’t find the time for pet projects. First, after wrapping up The Avengers, he gave up a two-week vacation with his wife to make a project he had wanted to make for years: a low-budget version of Much Ado About Nothing set entirely in his California home. And if that wasn’t endearing enough, now he’s the star of a five-minute YouTube video written (and narrated) by a five-year-old!
The video comes from web production company Geek & Sundry, which is the project of Felicia Day (who has collaborated with Whedon on projects including Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog). It is part of a web series called Written by a Kid, which has a pretty simple concept: put a kid in front of a camera and let them tell a story, and then make it into a video with a combination of live-action and animation.
In this episode of Written by a Kid (called “Scary Smash” and written by five-year-old Brett), Whedon’s Gerald, the leader of a S.Q.U.A.T Team (a S.W.A.T team that is always squatting, of course), arrives to save the day after a monster attack. Brett describes Gerald: “He has a hat, he has a shield, a sword, and a gun. And he has a small gun, and he has a belt to hang that stuff on, and he got jeans.” And, after a grueling seven-day battle, our gun-toting, jean-wearing team leader saves the city.
Move out of the way, Avengers: There’s a new hero in town.