The Cabin in the Woods features a mysterious bureaucratic organisation that, although never named, commodifies certain supernatural creatures within its operation.

Both Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer also feature commercial businesses that participate in such activity, either in facilitation of them or in reaction to them: the former with Wolfram & Hart, the latter with The Initiative (of which Riley is an operative).

While others could also be argued, these two both have candidacy for potentially being connected to the un-named organisation within The Cabin in The Woods.

Given Whedon's current pursuits and (as evidenced by not only the Buffyverse, MCU and from David Lavery's anecdotal evidence) a propensity toward universe sharing, is there anything in The Cabin in the Woods that signals a crossover with another element of Joss Whedon's work?

Could they be diegetically linked?

  • Very cool question! I'll be interested to read others' answers! Commented Apr 29, 2014 at 0:06
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    Cracked.com recently explored something like this on "After Hours", where four writers from the site assume personas and pose crazy, convincing theories about movies and pop culture. (See: 8 Mind-Blowing Connections Between the Works of Joss Whedon ... cracked.com/… )
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    IandotKelly noticed this 'duplication last night'; the Cracked.com video actually neatly circumvents all the arguments 'against' presented @SF&F, so even though it's been marked correct there is still room for discussion... Commented Apr 29, 2014 at 10:06
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No. This is just a coincidence of the same writer and some story elements which vaguely resemble each other. There's not a lot of research going on in CitW, while research and weaponizing is pretty much the MAIN goal for the Initiative.

Whedon denied this in an interview, because it would reveal him as less original, something which writers are keen to avoid.

I will get that link for you.

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    Please do get that link :) Commented Dec 16, 2014 at 6:35
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