Easily one of the most requested actors for the Marvel universe - especially since Joss Whedon became a part of it - is Firefly star Nathan Fillion. It makes sense in many ways, since he has had experience both as a space explorer and as a superhero (the, ahem, noble Captain Hammer), so what better place to feature him than in James Gunn's upcoming galactic adventure Guardians of the Galaxy?
Fillion has so far starred in two of Gunn's feature films, Slither and Super, and now he's dropped hints about a possible cameo appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy as well. During a Firefly panel at Wizard World Comic Con last weekend, Fillion was asked by a fan whether he had wanted a part in Guardians of the Galaxy, to which he gave the cryptic reply:
"Wanting to get a part… or maybe did. I'm just saying maybe. Maybe you’ll be surprised. Maybe. Check the credits."
On its own this is rather ambiguous, and could simply be a case of Fillion teasing fans, but CBM reports that Gunn also made comments to a similar effect, saying that the recently wrapped reshoots for Guardians of the Galaxy were for the purposes of capturing, "Anything we want, but didn't get.. something to make the movie better... [a] cool cameo idea."
With the scope of the Marvel universe(s) there are plenty of characters that Fillion might appear as, if he's not just a random Nova Corps officer or space pirate. He was a popular fan choice for the role of Ant-Man, but even before that part went to Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, Fillion made it clear in an interview with IGN that he wasn't in line to play either Hank Pym or Scott Lang.
"I'm pretty booked-up right now as far as work goes and there's so much more going on in the entertainment industry than just, 'Oh, you know who would be great in that?' There's a lot more that comes into play. There's a lot of variables that a fan does not have to concern themselves with. If they want to see a movie and they want that actor, they're not thinking about the variables that come into play. But there are a lot of variables that don't make it a real possibility."
At the time, Fillion explained that his commitment to ABC's crime series Castle only gives him two months off each year, which isn't nearly long enough to film a Marvel movie as a central character. However, it's easy to imagine Gunn convincing him to do a day or two of filming for a fun cameo appearance, so keep your eyes peeled for Fillion when Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in theaters this summer.
Guardians of the Galaxy is set for release on August 1, 2014.