Inventory: A slayer’s legacy: 10 pop cultural follow-ups to Buffy
A show as genre-bending and generation-defining as Buffy The Vampire Slayer was bound to have some long-lasting implications. Creator Joss Whedon quickly moved on to new series like Firefly and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., and brought his wisecrack to movies like The Avengers. Angel tried to pick up the slayer mantle by recreating Buffy’s ex as a kind of supernatural private eye, helpfully including Cordelia and Wesley from the previous series. Alyson Hannigan went to the world of sitcoms, Danny Strong to the world of screenwriting, and Sarah Michelle Gellar settled down with Freddie Prinze Jr. and their family while awaiting her perfect comeback role. Meanwhile, these creations continued what Buffy started, upholding her tradition of kickass young women, intrepid Scooby teams, mythical monsters, and high-school angst.
1. X-Men: Evolution (2000-03)
There’s a bit of inspirational overlap between Buffy and X-Men: Evolution …