Recently we have learned that Nathan Fillion, star of the cult television series Firefly and the film Serenity, has joined the cast of Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events for its second season. In the past Fillion has appeared in many comic book films as a voice actor. He is mostly known for voicing Hal Jordan in some of DC's animated films like Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox and Justice League: Doom. He has one live action comic book role in Guardians of the Galaxy, in the form of an unnamed Kyln prisoner that Groot take easily takes out.
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, featured him on a number of movie posters as Simon Williams, otherwise known as Wonder Man. Thanks to Comic Book Resources we have some quotes from Fillion during an interview with The Ara Show on KISS FM in Vancouver. He talked about what the posters could mean for the character in the MCU's future:
“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,” Fillion revealed, “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. That’s fine. That happens all the time. I still had the same wonderful experience. But moving forward, I don’t know, let me see what we can do with this opportunity. That’s just a cleverly disguised opportunity. Am I right?”
Wonder Man first appeared in comics in Marvel's Avengers #9 in 1969. He was created by Stan Lee, Don Heck and Jack Kirby. In the Guardians of the Galaxy's original Earth-691 timeline he becomes a guardian and goes by the alias Hollywood. He is also noted to be one of Marvel's most important Avengers. It would make sense that they would want to include him going forward. Even James Gunn commented on one of Fillion's tweets about the poster saying, “We can consider them canon for the MCU, and I hold onto hope that Simon Williams will rise again!”.
Could we possibly see Wonder Man in a future Guardians of the Galaxy film? I think his addition would be great! We know that sometimes cameos and easter eggs are cleverly hidden in films to test the waters on audiences reactions to certain characters or plots. Would you like to see Wonder Man in a future Marvel film? Or does his character even interest you?
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Source: Comic Book Resources