Nathan Fillion’s in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and His Casting Is Perfect

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Even movie characters need to go to the movies, and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they apparently see movies starring Simon Williams. He’s a long-running Marvel Comics character, a hunky actor who has energy-based powers that give him super-strength, flight, and superhuman endurance. And who’s playing Williams in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 2? Why, it’s none other than one of our universe’s hunkiest actors, Nathan Fillion.

Some sneaky on-set photos from the upcoming flick reveal a “Simon Williams Film Festival,” featuring Fillion’s glorious chin on an array of fake movie posters. He’s pensive in a Steve Jobs-esque biopic about Tony Stark, he’s raising a sword in the barbarian adventure Arkon, and he’s smirking in some kind of rom-com called Oh, Rebecca! The festival appears to be happening on Earth, not way out in the galaxy — mayhap a flashback or some back-home high jinx for Star Lord? Williams has been an Avenger in the comics, operating under the code name Wonder Man, so it’s certainly possible that he’ll power up at some point. But for now, we can simply take comfort that everyone’s favorite space cowboy is safely ensconced in the loving arms of the all-powerful Marvel brand, far from the behind-the-scenes turmoil of Castle. Peep a slideshow of the surreptitious images below.

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Nathan Fillion’s in Guardians of the Galaxy 2