Joss Whedon is on top of the world right now. He just had a smashing opening weekend at the box office with a little movie called The Avengers; and his horror film The Cabin in the Woods is being hailed as a ‘game changer.’ But despite the recent mainstream success, Whedon knows he could never have done it alone. Today, he posted a lengthy letter thanking fans for their years of support on his many projects. If you’re a fan, you’re going to want to read this.

Props to Whedon for not letting a $207 million opening weekend get to his head. Instead, he took his gratitude and wrote very funny letter for fans.

Well, it’s been quite a weekend…People have told me that this matters, that my life is about to change. I am sure that is true. And change is good — change is exciting.

What doesn’t change is anything that matters. What doesn’t change is that I’ve had the smartest, most loyal, most passionate, most articulate group of — I’m not even gonna say fans. I’m going with ‘peeps’ — that any cult oddity such as my bad self could have dreamt of. When almost no one was watching, when people probably should have STOPPED watching, I’ve had three constants: my family and friends, my collaborators (often the same), and y’all. A lot of stories have come out about my “dark years”, and how I’m “unrecognized”… I love these stories, because they make me seem super-important, but I have never felt the darkness (and I’m ALL about my darkness) that they described. Because I have so much.

I have people, in my life, on this site, in places I’ve yet to discover, that always made me feel the truth of success: an artist and an audience communicating. Communicating to the point of collaborating. I’ve thought, ‘maybe I’m over; maybe I’ve said my piece.’ But never with fear. Never with rancor. Because of y’all. Because you knew me when. If you think topping a box office record compares with someone telling you your work helped them through a rough time, you’re probably new here.

So this is me, saying thank you. All of you.

Whedon also took the time to talk about Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, just in case it topples his Avengers this summer.

I will feel sad. But let’s look at the bigger picture, and I can’t say this enough: THIS IS NOT A ZERO SUM GAME. Our successes, whoever has the mostest, are a boon to each other. We’re in the business of proving that superhero movies aren’t just eye-candy (they’re eye-TRUFFLES!). People seem intent on setting us against each other, and though I’m proud to be Woody Strode to Nolan’s Kirk Douglas, I think they’re missing the point. Whatever TDKR does on its first weekend, the only stat that matters to me is the ticket I’M definitely buying. Nolan and Raimi INVENTED the true superhero flick, yo. (Special mention to Jon Favreau and James Gunn.) Happy to be in the mix.

Later in the post, the writer/director/producer says he’ll focus his attention on his micro-budget black-and-white adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and will continue pursuing his adaptation of the comic series Wastelanders and a sequel to Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

The rest of the playful FAQ makes reference to Dr. Seuss, Comic-Con, and Whedon’s ‘dark times’. Overall, it’s a nice gesture. The guy’s happy to be on top, and we’re happy for him, especially for taking the time to say ‘thank you.’ Not many successful directors do.

If you’d like to read the entire post, head over to his website Whedonesque.

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