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James Gunn discusses Nathan Fillion’s cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and the chances of a bigger role in the future…

May 22nd, 2017 by Marc Comments

We knew that Nathan Fillion was set to appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 as Simon Williams, an actor in the Marvel universe who also happens to be the superhero known as Wonder Man.

However, as the movie played we came to realise that it was looking less and less likely that he was going to appear and, alas, appear he did not.

However, director James Gunn has been spilling the beans on Fillion’s appearance or rather lack of appearance in the movie.

“As many of you know one of my best friends in the world is Nathan Fillion. Along with Michael Rooker and Gregg Henry he’s been in every movie I’ve directed – even as a monstrous, perverted voice in Guardians of the Galaxy. I didn’t have a good cameo for him in Vol. 2 – and I wanted to bring him more fully into the MCU at some point, so I didn’t want to make him Aakon Guard #2, narrowing his chance of a more substantial role in the future.

“I really do love the character of Simon Williams/Wonder Man in the comics – a sometimes douchey actor/superhero – and could see Nathan clearly in that role (not because he’s a douchebag but because he’s great at playing one). But, of course, in a movie set 99.9% in space I didn’t really have a place for him. So in a small flash to earth I decided to put a theater playing a “Simon Williams Film Festival,” with six Simon Williams movie posters outside.” (see below)

Gunn continues: “Obviously, from the posters, he’s had a run of B movies. Most of them in themselves are Easter eggs of some sort or another. Unfortunately, the small section of the scene where they appeared slowed down the movie and I had to cut the Easter eggs from the film (along with storefronts named after comic book luminaries Starlin, Mantlos, Annett and others). Equally a bummer was that a lot of people took photos of these posters on the day so suddenly every fan site was reporting that Nathan was playing Wonder Man in he movie. He was even the third-billed actor on IMDB!”

Concluding and teasing a bigger future for Fillion in the MCU at some stage, Gunn says: “So that’s the full story. Nathan’s only cameo in the movie ever were these posters. I’ll post them all over the next few days.”

As promised, Gunn did indeed post the posters on his Facebook page  and you can see them below.

So, do you think we might see Fillion in a future Marvel movie as Wonder Man? Seriously, that would indeed be something special and, from the way Gunn is talking, not impossible by any stretch of the imagination.

Check out the fake posters from the movie:

Source: Slashfilm

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….