Wonder Man (1945)
The Guardians films are full of surprises, with the most recent outing containing some fun cameos for fans to enjoy. One of which was supposed to be actor Nathan Fillion, scheduled to appear as Simon Williams/Wonder Man.
His role was eventually cut from the film, however, but Gunn has offered fans a small tease regarding if we might see Fillion in the next Guardians movie.
Speaking during a Facebook Live Q&A, Gunn said: “Will he be in [Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3]? I don’t know yet. I haven’t made up my mind.”
While Gunn sounds uncertain, or at least not ready to reveal anything, Fillion has in the past suggested that he would be interested in the idea.
“If you know the Marvel Universe, Simon Williams becomes Wonder Man, becomes an Avenger. So,
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Recently in a radio interview, Fillion talked about his role in the now-deleted scene and expressed his desire to play it again in the future.
"If you know the Marvel Universe, Simon Williams becomes Wonder Man, becomes an Avenger. So, he’s part of that universe. It was a neat little Easter egg, it was a neat little piece of the universe.
“I was going to be an Easter egg in the background…[there was] a Simon Williams Film Festival, and I was in all of the movie posters,” said Fillion. “If you know the Marvel Universe, Simon Williams becomes Wonder Man, becomes an Avenger. So, he’s part of that universe. It was a neat little Easter egg, it was a neat little piece of the universe. It didn’t get into the movie.
Barring tie-in posters for the original Guardians of the Galaxy, Fillion’s depiction of Simon Williams/Wonder Man has largely been relegated to the sidelines, and a Guardians 2 set picture featuring the actor in full costume as the “douchey actor/superhero” prompted an extensive post from James Gunn explaining why Nathan Fillion didn’t make the cut.
But if anything, the decision to pull Wonder Man’s cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has only fuelled Fillion’s ambition to introduce Simon Williams to the McU in the not-so-distant future. While appearing on The Ara Show on Kiss FM (via Cbr), the fan-favorite actor offered some context to that scrapped Easter egg scene, before hinting that there is now an “opportunity” to welcome Williams to the fray – for real,
He recently had a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which unfortunately got cut. In the same way we saw a Batman poster during Man of Steel, Fillion's cameo, or easter egg if you want to call it that instead,
Earlier in the month, Gunn confirmed that his friend Nathan Fillion had a small part to play in Guardians 2. Though his role would have not been an acting one. Instead, Fillion posed for a number of movie posters for a Simon Williams film festival happening at a theater that would have been seen during the Earth attack sequence played out by Ego the Living Planet.
The good news to come from this is that Simon WIlliams is now officially part of the Marvel cinematic canon. Williams
Of the many questions that he's been asked on Facebook, one fan asked if Peter Quill will remain the only human in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Gunn responded with this:
"Human characters are no longer out of consideration."
Brief and to the point, but what a point it makes! It doesn't necessarily mean that there will be humans, but the possibility is now out there. So many characters would be fun to see in space with the crew. Nathan Fillion has been teased as being the McU's Wonder Man in fake movie posters. Although the scene was cut, It would be great to
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Unfortunately, Fillion’s cameo ended up on the cutting room floor, and director James Gunn has now taken to Facebook to explain Fillion’s absence, as well as unveiling two of the movie posters, featuring Fillion’s Williams in a Tony Stark biopic and as the Marvel character Arkon…
“(Nathan’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,
We already saw one poster that featured the character in a Tony Stark biopic, but now we have a whole collection of fake movie posters to share with you thanks to director James Gunn! My favorite is of Toxic Janitor 2, which is a parody of The Toxic Avenger. There's a fun bit of trivia behind that as The Toxic Avenger was produced by Troma, which is the little studio that gave Gunn his start in filmmaking.
The other posters in the series include Arkon,
Basically, the joke is that the guy who is secretly Wonder Man is starring in a film about the billionaire philanthropist who everyone knows as Iron Man. Originally, this poster was supposed to be featured in a shot on Earth, but Gunn says he cut it as it slowed down the film. I would love if one day the idea is revisited and we see a trailer for Fillion pretending to be Tony Stark when he's actually Wonder Man! Wouldn't that be awesome?
Here's what Gunn had to say about it on his Facebook
James Gunn took to Facebook earlier today to showcase this poster, while promising to
Thankfully, director James Gunn has taken to Facebook today to explain “the full story” behind the cameo and just why it was eventually left on the cutting room floor. It’s a lengthy post, but well worth the read.
“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
James Gunn talks about why Nathan Fillion isn't in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and what his cut scene would've been.
Nathan Fillion and James Gunn have had a long history. Fillion was the star in the first film Gunn ever directed, the deliciously grotesque Slither. He also has appeared in every film since then, including as the voice of a digital prison punk in 2014’s Guardians Of The Galaxy. Yet he is nowhere to be seen in Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, the box office-crushing Marvel Studios extravaganza.
Now James Gunn has taken to Facebook to come clean on why Fillion, a space opera icon in his own right after Firefly, was not boarded in the final version of Guardians Of The Galaxy 2. Once again, Gunn confirms that Fillion actually was going to play a relatively important bush league superhero from the Marvel comics universe,
Back in April of last year some set photos from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrived online showing movie posters from the ‘Simon Williams Film Festival’, which also revealed that Nathan Fillion is portraying the character of Simon Williams, better known to Marvel comic book fans as Wonder Man.
As we await the release of the film (which is out a week today here in the UK), Fillion has taken to Instagram to share in image from a deleted scene from the hotly-anticipated sequel…
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Update: As confirmed by director James Gunn, the image isn’t exactly from a deleted scene, but rather Fillion having some fun on set. That being said, it does sound like Fillion’s scene has been cut…
For the record, that was never a scene in the movie - that’s simply @NathanFillion clowning around on set. https://t.co/o3oRI3O3xw
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 21, 2017
The photo you see above was shared by Nathan Fillion and it features a scene he was in that was cut out of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The image came with the following note from the actor:
"From a scene you won't see in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Is the movie still spectacular without it? Yes."
Fillion looks absolutely hilarious in his space barbarian-looking costume. There was a rumor that Fillion was supposed to be playing Simon Williams aka Wonder Man in the film, but this photo doesn't really line up with that rumor.
It looks to me like he was just some kind of space barbarian, which is still cool!
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