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Joss Whedon gets standing ovation at emotional Firefly Comic-Con panel

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Joss Whedon received a standing ovation from Firefly fans during an emotional reunion panel at Comic-Con yesterday (July 13).

Whedon took the stage alongside stars Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin and Sean Maher in front of a packed, adoring crowd.

The cast of Firefly

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Joss Whedon

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Entertainment Weekly reports that around 10,000 people attempted to get into the panel, with many camping overnight. Whedon himself visited the queue the night before.

There were a number of revelations about the show, which ran for only 11 episodes in 2002 before being cancelled by Fox.

The Avengers director revealed that, had he known the show would be cancelled, he "wouldn't have killed anybody", and that fans "would have learned about the Blue Sun conspiracy, Inara and Shepherd Book".

As the panel concluded, Whedon was asked what the Firefly fans meant to him personally. As he struggled with his emotions, a fan in the crowd yelled out, "We love you!", which was met with rapturous applause, that in turn led to a standing ovation from the cast and the crowd.

Whedon then took the microphone to say: "Only an idiot would try to follow that with a sentence."

He then signed off by adressing the fans directly: "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."

The panel was filmed as part of a one-hour documentary special on the show entitled Browncoats Unite, which will air November 11 alongside a marathon of episodes on the US Science Channel.

Watch star Nathan Fillion discuss Firefly and Joss Whedon below:



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