Michael Rooker and Nathan Fillion are James Gunn’s good luck charms, having appeared in all the filmmaker’s features to date. However, since Yondu was killed in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and with Gunn insisting he’s not coming back, Rooker’s run might end with Vol. 3.
Though, Fillion will almost inevitably appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe threequel, even if his contributions to Guardians haven’t been substantial; he voiced an alien prisoner in the opening installment, but his role was cut in post-production.
His cameo in Vol. 2 ended up on the cutting room floor, but it was a wildly meta angle. Fillion was cast as Simon Williams, who himself played Tony Stark in a biopic, which would have seen a real actor pretending to be a fictional character starring in a film about a fictional character played by a real actor in MCU canon.
During a recent HBO Max watch party for The Suicide Squad, Fillion teased that he’d love to join another one of Marvel’s superhero teams, but in a more prominent role.
Walter Langowski is a Vancouver scientist who is exposed to gamma radiation; he acquires the ability to become a furry beast called Sasquatch. It’s ridiculous, but we can’t dismiss the possibility that Marvel may give the Canadian super team their own project, uniting Fillion’s proposed Sasquatch with Guardian, Northstar, Aurora, Shaman, Snowbird, and the rest of Alpha Flight.