In the early 2010s, filmmaker Joss Whedon was a popular figure, both in Hollywood and across multiple fandoms. Not only had he been responsible for fan-favorite franchises such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly,” but he was also on the cusp of changing the superhero movie landscape with the release of “The Avengers.” Coupled with this, there was an overwhelmingly positive reception toward “The Cabin in the Woods,” and Whedon was in the fortunate situation of never being short of work.
However, 2017’s much-publicized behind-the-scenes drama around “Justice League” came at a tipping point for his career and reputation. After being brought in for extensive reshoots months before the movie’s release, the film disappointed and led to a wider investigation into what happened behind the scenes. In 2020, it all came to a head when actor Ray Fisher accused Whedon of misconduct on Twitter. On the heels of Fisher’s allegations, former co-workers also spoke out against him — both from “Justice League” and the other productions Whedon had been a part of.
While Whedon defended himself from certain allegations, it was clear that he was persona non grata in showbiz after these negative headlines. As a result, it’s difficult to see any studio wanting to associate themselves with him after the drama. Considering how integral he was to “The Cabin in the Woods” and his longtime working relationship with Drew Goddard, it’s also unlikely a sequel takes place without him. The question is, will executives think he’s worth the controversy here?