Volume 2 is almost here and Volume 3 has already been confirmed and Guardians of the Galaxy is easily one of Marvel‘s most surprising and successful cinematic ventures. Its popularity can be attributed to so many things. It is well cast and it has a great sense of humour and fans around the world fell madly in love with the soundtrack. It certainly helps that writer and director James Gunn treats the movie as a project of passion. He makes an effort to ensure that everything about it top quality, down to the tiniest and most missable Easter egg, and is never done just to pay lip service to fans or appease investors or advertisers.
In spite of this effort – or perhaps because of it – there is a lot of content that ends up on the cutting room floor. On those odd occasions that fans get a glimpse of those abandoned scenes, you can’t help but wonder just how mind-blowing a seven hour long full version might be. It would be exhausting, sure, but it would be a wild ride you wouldn’t ever forget.
One of those scenes was revealed recently when Nathan Fillion – whose golden touch has graced hundreds of nerd culture gems and recently got a lot of people excited in the season 3 premiere of Rick and Morty – took to Instagram to share what might have been if his character had not been cut from Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2.
He shared a photo of himself at the helm of a spaceship, dressed in a Viking-esque pelt smattered with curiously steampunk buttons and charms, long flowing locks cascading over his shoulders and gaze fixed intently into the galactic distance.
His caption read,
“From a scene you won’t see in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Is the movie still spectacular without it? Yes.”
Though Fillion provided no other context for the image, unofficial photos released during shooting last year have led some fans to speculate about who the character could be. One image was of a movie poster for a film that existed within the film called Arkon, starring a character called Simon Williams, played by Nathan Fillion, as the lead actor, wearing a suspiciously similar space-barbarian get up. The leading theory goes that this Simon Williams was due to make an appearance in the new movie.
Unfortunate though it is that he won’t, Fillion’s release of the image, at least, is nonetheless a gift to us all.