James Gunn On Why He Cut Nathan Fillion’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Cameo

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has a number of surprise faces, and Nathan Fillion was supposed to be one of them.

There are quite a few surprise guests in the Marvel sequel, and when word broke early that Firefly and Castle star Nathan Fillion would be one of them, fans understandably kept their eyes peeled. But nope, no Fillion.

Why? Well, and Fillion fans may be happy with this, it’s so that Fillion can enter the MCU in a bigger role in the future. Guardians director James Gunn took to social media to explain what Fillion’s very small appearance in GotGV2 actually entailed and how news of the easter egg spread like wildfire.

“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,” Gunn posted.

“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).”

Gunn explained that since he couldn’t find a good enough spot for Fillion to appear, he decided to place the actor on posters out the front of a theater playing a “Simon Williams Film Festival.”

“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!”

There you have it. Fillion didn’t have much of cameo in the first place. And as for that image of Fillion on set that went crazy viral…

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