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James Gunn Reveals Nathan Fillion’s Cut Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Cameo

May 17, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Nathan Fillion has had a habit of cameoing in James Gunn’s films, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was no exception. This time around however, the Firefly and Castle alum’s appearance had to be cut. Gunn discussed the cameo on Facebook, revealing that set photos of Fillion in posters as movie star Simon Williams (aka Wonder Man) were legit but that the scene in question had to be removed due to pacing.

“(Nathan’s) been in every movie I’ve directed – even as a monstrous, perverted voice in Guardians of the Galaxy,” Gunn wrote. “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).

“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!!”

You can see the full post, including one of the movie posters, below.