Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-BannerHaving worked with writer-director James Gunn on his debut feature, Slither, talk has long been circulating about wanting a reunion between Gunn and the beloved Nathan Fillion on Guardians of the Galaxy, and it looks like everyone’s hopes might well be coming true.

Over the weekend, St. Louis’ Wizard World Comic-Con held a Firefly panel featuring Fillion alongside co-stars Adam Baldwin and Alan Tudyk, and when asked the question about whether he wanted a part in Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, the actor responded with a brilliant tease, intimating that he in fact did get a part.

“Wanting to get a part… Or maybe… did. I’m just saying maybe. Maybe you’ll be surprised. Maybe. Check the credits.”


In The Avengers, Joss Whedon gave us all a brilliant surprise on the big screen, not revealing in advance that he’d recruited past collaborator Alexis Denisof to play the Other.

Whilst it’s of course just a massive prediction on my part, I can’t help but feel that whoever Fillion plays, he’ll also be reuniting with Whedon in the future. And, to my mind, the role that would make the most sense for Fillion to fill is Thanos.

The fact that he says, ‘Check the credits,’ would imply that he’ll be wearing make-up in whatever role he’s playing, making Thanos a strong contender.

His commitment to Castle might rule him out of any significant role in Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, but I think Whedon’s going to be saving Thanos’ main involvement for Avengers 3, at the earliest, and bringing the character in for a little tease in Guardians of the Galaxy would be the perfect setup for that, having teased him so brilliantly at the end of The Avengers.

We’ve still got a good few months to go before Guardians of the Galaxy hits the big screen, so plenty of time to continue speculating. Fillion doesn’t go as far as to officially confirm his involvement, but it would certainly seem like a good fit to expect to his name in the credits somewhere in the space-set blockbuster.

Marvel launched the first trailer back in February, sparking a hugely favourable reaction amongst viewers looking forward to the next instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Guardians of the Galaxy is set to be released in 3D on August 1st in the US and UK, and is sure to be one of the biggest movies of the summer. In all likelihood, we won’t have official confirmation in advance, but here’s to hoping that Fillion’s name will indeed be seen in the credits.

Move forward to about the 38-minute mark when the question starts.


Source: Thanks to Hypable via CBM for the heads up.