Originally Posted by Sawyer
As much as I love the movie, it's not even close to the best thing Whedon's ever done.
But as far as the general public are concerned, it's perhaps the best thing he's done that they've seen. Much of his work is quite niche and can go under the radar if you're not into that genre. Buffy was probably the biggest one before while the rest (Firefly, Dollhouse etc) aren't quite as known. Nearly everyone has seen The Avengers on the other hand.