This film is full of action packed visual effects and ground breaking story arcs. It became hard to hide the fact that the posters ever existed – and that Fillion was nearly in the movie – because “a lot of people took photos of the posters on the day” and eventually, the media caught wind that “Nathan was playing Wonder Man in the movie”.
“(Nathan’s) been in every movie I’ve directed – even as a monstrous, perverted voice in Guardians of the Galaxy. “She’s one of my favorite actresses with whom I’ve had the chance to work, and between her, Pom Klementieff, who plays Mantis And Chris Sullivan who plays Taserface I really worked with the best and I would love to work with them again”. But, of course, in a movie set 99.9% in space I didn’t really have a place for him.
Gunn clarified that the posters were to be visible during a small scene on Earth which ended up being cut from the film for pacing reasons, but that he will release them over time on his page for fans to see.
James Gunn is famously an alumni of Troma Entertainment, the company behind B-movie classics like The Toxic Avenger and Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, so he’s no stranger to freakish cinematic excess.
According to Gunn, Fillion, one of his good friends and frequent collaborators, was actually set to portray Wonder Man in the film, but it was never set to be anything more than an Easter egg. Even though the movie is mostly an amped up version of the first one, Gunn mines enough emotional maturity out of the characters’ continued development that it feels more like a natural extension of the first film than a recycle of it. “Nathan’s only cameo in the movie ever were these posters”, Gunn concluded.
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. Does that mean that Stark Enterprises makes phones, computers and tablets for the common man in the MCU? Not your typical day-jobs when it comes to superheroes.
The highly anticipated “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is here in theatres, and it is pretty good: not as eternally memorable as the first film from 2014 that spawned hope in all of our hearts about mainstream cinema’s potential but still, by today’s standards, not bad at all.