A veritable whirlwind of geekery stormed through the City of Brotherly Love at the beginning of June, and its name was Wizard World.
Our own mild mannered reporter, Rob "Tek" Piontek, was on hand to bask in the warm, glowing, warming glow that is the convention celebrating popular culture, and we Fridge Stuffers discuss it all! From a collection of legendary Captains to the thunderous cheers for a Norse god, we break down the weekend (with audio clips!) to all of its exciting bits -- including a terrible sounding drink that's (allegedly) better than the sum of its parts.
Dwight Tejano, Amy Imhoff, and Sean Sorensen join Tek to talk Wizard World, and are not even a little jealous that he was the only one able to go. Nope. Not even a little.
And make sure you check out the rest of our coverage from Wizard World, including the panel transcripts, interviews, and more!
Chris Hemsworth Q & A
I have a minor request.
CK: You want a hug too?
CH: He’s wants a kiss. [laughter] Yes. [laughter]
Whoa… My sister is a big fan or yours.
CH: She wants a kiss. [laughter]
I’m sure she would, but she couldn’t be here today. She’s graduating this year and our family is really proud of her, so if you wouldn’t mind, could you say, “Happy graduation, Sidney”?
CH: Sure. Happy graduation, Sidney!
What was the funniest thing to happen on the set of The Avengers?
CH: There were constant costume malfunctions. In the movie, everyone looks very cool and heroic, but when you’re shooting a scene with Loki and one of his horns falls off... [laughter] Then they have to yell, “Stop, stop, stop!” and glue it back on. That was always pretty funny. Tom [Hiddleston] and I had a lot of fun, during Thor and Avengers. Our fight scenes would start off great and then we’d get a little too hyped up and he’d end up smashing me in the head with the spear. I think I elbowed him in the nose at one point…which was kind of an accident. [laughter] But he started it… [laughter]
Hi, Chris. My favorite scene in The Avengers is definitely when you fight the Hulk.
CH: [laughs] Yeah.
I’d like to know what went into filming a scene where you fight a CGI monster.
CH: It was tough. A lot of the time it was me with a harness on, being ratcheted into the wall… [laughter] …and having to throw myself onto the floor. And I thought, “I’m not doing too well in this fight…” [laughter] But a lot of it was just having to pretend, like being a kid in the backyard waving a stick around. Then, watching it come together, with the CGI creature, was just so impressive. It’d be funny to see some of the outtakes without the CG.
Chris, Kato says 'Hi.'
CH: Hi! Nice costume, by the way.
Thank you. You do know that Kato would win against Thor in a fight, right?
CH: Yeah, of course. Yeah. … If Thor was asleep. [laughter]
Hi, Chris. Who is your favorite Avenger besides yourself? [laughter]
CH: Well, Iron Man kind of started all of it. Robert Downey is the godfather of the Marvel world for all of us on that set. He kicked it all off and lead the charge. I also loved what Mark Ruffalo did with the Hulk. [applause] That was one of my favorite characters to watch in those sequences. Like, when he and Thor are fighting, especially when he backhands Thor through the wall. [laughter] I remember reading that on the page and it said, “And Hulk smashes Thor in his big, Norse face.” [laughter] And I thought, “Cool!”
Hello, Mr. Hemsworth. My name’s Henry.
CH: Hello, Henry.
What was your favorite superhero when you grew up? [awwwww]
CH: Probably Superman. [scattered applause] There’s a couple of fans out there… I mean…Batman? [huge applause] Yeah! I think Batman and Superman were the most prominent when I was growing up, the ones I knew the most about. So both of them. How about you, who’s your favorite?
Thor. [laughter, applause]
Five Captains Panel
Shatner: I’ve done a documentary called “Get A Life” in this country, and “Fan-Addicts” in Canada. It’s a discovery of what you are all doing here at a convention, and I get into some great depth of what we’re all doing here. Star Trek becomes something far larger than what I ever thought it was. I discovered, as a result of making this documentary, that this cultural phenomenon that we know as Star Trek, and in a larger sense, science fiction, is far bigger, far more meaningful than many of us think. We are here, right now, participating in a mythological experience. That’s what “Get A Life” will be about. [applause]
Re: Gates McFadden's... um...
Stewart: One night on “Planet Hell”, stage 16, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, and I were shooting a scene in which Gates was trapped under a rock fall, or something like that. She was jammed into these rocks and we had worked out that there was one way that could free her. We had to blast something away and pull her out quickly, and I was the one who was going to pull her out, and it had to be done very abruptly. So, the moment came, “Action!”, and I reached in and I grabbed Gates by both breasts. [laughter] Accidentally! I went… [puts both hands forward] AAAHHHHHH!!!! [laughter]
Backula: Maybe it was a bad idea that you started having fun on the set. [laughter]