“the bong was real, yes. And it worked. I guess the prototype cost like $5000 to create, I know that sounds insane, but you, know, the guy [who built it] was brilliant, and he developed this thing because he wanted it to work. He wanted me to be able to drink out of it and smoke out of it, and he pulled that off miraculously. It was kind of a stainless steel and airtight rubber device that you could fill with a liquid like water or coffee, and you could also smoke out of the stem which was stuck on like a magnet, but you were able to pull it off and hook it up and make it like a coffee handle.” He pauses then continues “I mean the one thing is, after smoking out of it, your coffee would taste like shit, but you know, it was still a working bong. And it was pretty amazing.”
"I’m happy to say that a few days ago we finished post-production on Much Ado About Nothing"
On Dr Horrible 2 - “ We’re gonna do three prequels but they’re gonna suuuck…” Laughter. “No, we’ve been working on it for about two years, we have a bunch of songs, we know exactly where we’re going, I can’t wait to tell you more about it.”
"In the main I’m very grateful that I have this extraordinary group of people that I can trust with Buffy and Angel & Faith"
"TV rules. Most of the good storytelling being done on the screen in America is being done on TV."
"When I wrote Angel’s scene when he slept with Buffy wrong and when he just turned around and acted like he was blowing her off in his evil, I put down my pen and couldn’t believe I just wrote that and made him say that."
"When Buffy had been on for three years, we started pitching the animated series that never went anywhere and literally got "well she has to have a male counterpart who’s just as cool as her or we won’t do it"
Q: Considering your recent success with the Avengers. If you bought back Firefly and did a second season, would you place it before Serenity so that Wash would be back?
"….. no! Because, ultimately, I wouldn’t be able to move forward with the other characters at all and their sadness. To keep him alive, I’d have to keep River crazy. I couldn’t just run in place, I’d have to move on to the next thing."
"You know, Fray is part of the verse now in a way that you can’t ignore. I adore her and all her friends, I’m particularly fond of Gunther. It’s a question of when we have the right idea and time and talent in the mix."
Q: Can you talk about how you thought about Black Widow in the group of men in the Avengers?
W: “I love her character in a way I don’t love the others in that she has the most darkness in her. It’s something Scarlett and I talked about right when we first met, that she has a really twisted past..
"I was raised on the upper west side of Manhattan in the 70s by people who thought Socialism as a model was a beautiful CONCEPT. And we’re watching capitalism destroy itself right now, ultimately all of these systems don’t work."
"Also, next season, we’ll have a special presentation by our friends at the CW who are airing Dr. Horrible on Television for the first time ever. And I think that’s cool. "
Recap of the last 5 minutes of the Firefly reunion panel
Jensen asks Whedon what the fans have meant to him. What happens next is one of the most emotionally moving moments I’ve seen at Comic-Con. Whedon struggles, or seems to, for the right words.
Somebody in the crowd yells out, “We love you!”
Whedon hears this, struggles some more.
And the crowd begins to applaud, and stand up. Soon the entire room is given an ovation. The cast stands up too. It’s possibly the most perfect way to end the panel.
Whedon takes the microphone. “Only an idiot would try to follow that with a sentence,” he says.
That’s precisely what I was thinking, but then Whedon follows with this:
“When you come out of a great movie you feel like you’re in that world. When you’re telling a story you’re trying to connect to people in a particular way. It’s about inviting them into a world. The way you’ve inhabited this world, this universe, you have become part of it. When I see you guys, I don’t think the show is off the air. I think there’s spaceships and horses — the story is alive.”