Among the recent news that Peyton Reed is replacing Edgar Wright as director of Ant-Man, Scott Derrickson will direct Doctor Strange, and the additions of Rosario Dawson and Vincent D’Onofrio to the Daredevil series, Marvel Studios also has to keep the publicity churning for their August release of Guardians of the Galaxy.

GoTG is a risky prospect on many levels. As Marvel and their cinematic universe architect Kevin Feige continue to expand their movie properties into the cosmic realms the comic books are famous for, Guardians may be seen as not just the last Phase II entry before The Avengers 2, but also the start of a whole new franchise with a wealth of possibilities.

The director, James Gunn, and the cast as a whole are an offbeat collection of talent for a blockbuster comic book movie. From the leads – Chris Pratt (Peter Quill), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), the voices of Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon) and Vin Diesel (Groot) – to the supporting cast, including Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser and Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, Guardians of the Galaxy feels like the kind of movie where anyone can show up.

Which is exactly why plenty of recent buzz has been about the rumored casting of fan-favorite Nathan Fillion (FireflyCastle) as superhero Nova. Considering that Fillion has appeared in Gunn’s debut film Slither and, hilariously, in his follow-up Super, the notion didn’t seem too far off. It’s not true, though, as Gunn himself has debunked the rumor in a recent tweet:

That said, Gunn confirmed that Fillion will have a cameo (which he had already done a few months back):

The character of Nova, a.k.a Richard Rider, has been part of the Marvel comic book universe since the 1970s, first as a member of the Nova Corps (led by Glenn Close in GoTG) and then on his own as hero in his own right. Nova has had a big presence in the comic books in the past year or so, and there has been some evidence pointing toward the character’s inclusion in GoTG.

So is simply misdirection on Gunn’s part? Or is the 43-year-old Fillion’s cameo just a winking reference to his involvement in Gunn’s past films and nothing more? Let’s face it: Fillion doesn’t exactly look the way he did as Captain Mal Reynolds of the Serenity. Fan favorite or not, if Nova is even teased in GoTG, a younger actor is more likely to play him.

So if you’re disappointed that Gunn is thwarting your expectations, as a kind of consolation prize, here is a gallery of new promotional material for Guardians of the Galaxy in the form of a series of wall decals featuring the Guardians and perhaps our clearest look yet Ronan the Accuser (hat tip to CBM).

Check them out below:

These big decals and smaller, character-themed counterparts are clearly meant for a younger demographic, but if many of us here at Screen Rant did not have significant others sharing a space, we’d probably put these on our walls. This leads to the question of just how kid-friendly Guardians of the Galaxy will turn out to be, considering the some of the darker and violent shades of the story.

Are you looking forward to Guardians, Screen Rant readers? Bummed that Nathan Fillion won’t be playing Nova? Let us know in the comments.

Guardians of the Galaxy will open in theaters on August 1st, 2014.

Source: James Gunn, CBM