Check Out Nathan Fillion's Meta Tony Stark Cameo That Was Cut From Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Nathan Fillion, seen here in Firefly, had a meta cameo cut from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Image: Fox
Nathan Fillion, seen here in Firefly, had a meta cameo cut from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Image: Fox

The Internet’s favorite fan casting choice, Nathan Fillion, is not in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But that wasn’t always the case. Last year, fans caught a glimpse of some very interesting posters of Fillion on the set of the sequel and now writer-director James Gunn has explained what happened.


We first reported on the posters in April of last year. That’s when it was revealed Fillion was somehow playing Simon Williams, a.k.a. Wonder Man. And in this world, Williams starred in a biopic of Iron Man himself, Tony Stark, titled Tony Stark. So Fillion played Williams, who was playing Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr. Got it?

Here’s a high-res version of the poster Gunn posted on his Facebook.

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In the description of the poster, Gunn gets into a bit more detail about how this all came about. Here’s a snippet:

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!!

Hopefully not only will that scene be on the DVD (I assume Ego took Meredith to the movies or something), but Wonder Man, played by Nathan Fillion, will make an official MCU appearance sometime soon.



Entertainment Reporter. NYU Cinema Studies Alum. Formerly Premiere, EW, Us Weekly, and /Film. AP Award-Winning Film Critic & CCA member. Loves Star Wars, posters, Legos, and often all three at once.



I love Nathan and I like this little Easter egg. But I want Simon Williams to show up in the MCU for another reason:

We have too many bruisers and not enough blasters.

I might be wrong, but I’ve got a working theory that energy powers are better than brute strength for kicking the shit out of something.

So by this premise, I feel like with the current roster – especially after Thor: Ragnarok – we don’t really have very many credible threats to Thanos. And that’s bothersome to me.

(Maybe that’s the point though. Maybe they just want to show The Big Raisin just utterly wipe the floor with everyone in Infinity War, and this is the inciting incident for the MCU to level up with characters like Captain Marvel. I guess that could make sense.)

Seriously though, who is powerful enough if Thanos is half the powerhouse they’ve been building up? And we don’t really know his powers, but I think we can at least assume he is considerably stronger and more durable than Ronan as a starting point.

• Of the Guardians, literally none of them stand a chance unless [GotGVol2 spoilers redacted].

Let’s break it down for Avengers:

• Cap, Bucky, Falcon, Hawkeye, Black Widow: they all dead.

• Black Panther, Ant-Man, Spider-Man: Manage to be minor nuisances but are ultimately ineffective because their powers are mainly of the punchy kicky variety and I can’t see that being effective against a Mad Titan.

• Thor: Does he have MewMew? Does he have any kind of Storm God powers without it (honest question, this has always puzzled me)? If no, then he will put up a great fight (mainly because Asgardian durability) but ultimately will get his teeth kicked in.

• Iron Man: Will be pretty effective in terms of holding Thanos back, but not doing any permanent damage. Then he runs out of ammo and/or arc reactor. It’s Stark, so he’ll pull something out of his chest cavity, but it’s not going to be pretty. Expect War Machine to factor in somehow but not more effectively. They will survive but baaaaaaaarely.

• Vision: One of the few blasters and definitely a powerhouse – but it’s a foregone conclusion that Thanos gets his gem, and that probably won’t do anything good to his powers. There might be a pretty good fight up to that point though.

• Scarlet Witch: She could cause more trouble than basically all of the above, but if fucking War Machine can take her out, Thanos will figure something out. Also he might be better at Mind Gem than Vision, so he could simply overpower her once he has the rock.

• Hulk: I predict he will do the most actual damage to Thanos. He won’t win. Thanos will throw him to fucking Mars or something. But Thanos will really be feeling that encounter.

Doctor Strange: Again, foregone conclusion with loss of the Time Gem. But Strange has the benefit of other power sources. So far it’s really unclear how handy he really is with all of that, but he stands the best chance of all of the characters to affect material damage and walk away. Except: He has normal human durability. Could turn out to be a really short fight.

By my count, we have ONE character who might be effective against Thanos. So we need more guys like Wonder Man.