James Gunn Cut a Nathan Fillion Cameo from 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is a good friend - some his buddies like Michael Rooker (who plays Yondu) and Firefly star Nathan Fillion have appeared in virtually every film Gunn ever directed. Until now, as Fillion's role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 wasn't to be.
Many were expecting to see Fillion appear as Simon Williams, the scientist turned actor turned superhero in GotG Vol. 2. About a year ago, movie posters were found on location for the Vol.2 set showing Fillion as fake actor Simon Williams (known as Wonder Man in the comics). For those of you who've seen the film, that may sound new to you, because they did not make it into the final cut.
Gunn took to Facebook to address the situation at hand and explain himself. After all, what is a James Gunn movie without a Nathan Fillion cameo? What's next? A James Gunn movie without the voice of Rob Zombie? Although at first glance it might seem like Fillion was snubbed a small role in the film, Gunn was actually looking out for his long-time friend by holding out to give the Castle alum a bigger part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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."
Gunn's main reason for cutting the cameo was not to relegate Fillion's MCU presence to a throwaway joke, unless Marvel has big Wonder Man plans in the future – they probably don't. So thankfully, it seems there's no bad blood in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise right now, and we can hold out hope for the rise of "douchey actor/superhero" Simon Williams, hopefully played by not-douchey actor Nathan Fillion.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, though sans Fillion, is in theaters now.