July 23, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT

Joss Whedon has been the guru of Comic-Con for nigh on a decade, but rarely has he arrived in San Diego with more geeky goodness piled onto his plate. Along with writing and directing The Avengers — Marvel Studios’ omnibus über-super-hero flick, due next May — Whedon is also working on the next “season” of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book, and shepherding the long-delayed horror film he co-wrote and produced, The Cabin in the Woods, into theaters next April. But he still found time to swing by the EW.com studio at the Hard Rock Hotel, where he and I talked about how making The Avengers is like making a gigantic TV show, why the film skipped Comic-Con this year, and what his plans are for the new Buffy comic series. Check out our chat below: 

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