‘Guardians 2’: James Gunn On Why Nathan Fillion’s Cameo Was Cut

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' director James Gunn explains why he cut Nathan Fillion's cameo appearance in the Marvel film.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 featured both the primary cast of characters alongside a number of colorful supporting players, with many fans expecting that director James Gunn would continue his longstanding tradition of giving at least one of those roles to his friend Nathan Fillion. Unfortunately, despite having appeared in every other James Gunn directed film, Fillion’s cameo appearance in the film was omitted from the final cut of the film. Now, James Gunn has finally offered an explanation as to why Fillion’s appearance was cut from the film and the reason may actually be reassuring news to fans of the actor.

Gunn explained that he simply did not have a suitable cameo for Fillion and revealed that he would like to bring the actor into the MCU in a more “substantial” role at some point.

“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. 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!

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.

And, yes, I think we can consider them canon for the MCU, and I hold onto hope that Simon Williams will rise again!!”

Gunn also shared one of the posters for one of Williams’ films revealing he played Tony Stark in a biopic. The poster itself takes inspiration from the Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender. You can check it out below.


Are you disappointed that Nathan Fillion’s appearance was cut from the film or are you excited about the prospect of seeing the actor in a more prominent role in the MCU’s future? Share your thoughts below!

Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

Directed by James Gunn, the film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now playing in theaters!

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Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

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