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James Gunn and Nathan Fillion Quash Those Nova and Cosmo Rumors

True story: Nathan Fillion is in Guardians of the Galaxy. Director James Gunn and the actor have both confirmed he has a small role in Marvel’s upcoming space adventure. Here’s another true story: Nathan Fillion isn’t playing Nova or Cosmo, despite rumors to the contrary.

“There’s so much bullshit on the internet,” Gunn tells Nerdist. “I woke up – first it’s ‘Nathan’s Nova!’, then there are articles all over saying Nathan’s Cosmo. It’s like, ‘What?!’ Nathan’s role is a very small cameo that I wanted to give to Nathan because I love working with him and I think it’s lucky for me to have Nathan in all of my movies. At the same time I wanted to give him something where Nathan could have a larger role in the Marvel Universe if either Joss [Whedon] or I or whoever chose to do that in the future. Which I would love to do. I would love to give Nathan something he could really chew on, but it didn’t work out on this movie for two reasons. Number one — because he was shooting Castle. And number two, because it just wasn’t the right exact role for him.”

As for Fillion … well, the Firefly veteran is a little disappointed by the rumor mill. “With so much inaccurate ‘news’ about my involvement in GOTG, I’m actually losing faith in the internet,” he wrote last week on Twitter. “I’m not Cosmo.

Opening Aug. 1, Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Glenn Close and John C. Reilly.


  • Funfiggit

    or, maybe he’s there as the Captain from Firefly

  • Sarcasm Detected

    Corsair possibly?

  • Peter Parker

    Seems like he would be owned by fox.

  • demoncat_4

    he is just proably an extra like some guard or solider proably. though he would be cool as nova for corsair is off limits due to fox having the x-men.

  • Peter Parker

    That is my hope, too, but since Gunn said, “At the same time I wanted to give him something where Nathan could have a larger role in the Marvel Universe if either Joss [Whedon] or I or whoever chose to do that in the future.” That couldn’t be Reynolds. Fox probably still own those rights.

  • Lyle

    I’m kind of hoping for Starfox, since his brother Thanos was confirmed to be in it.

  • Jason M Bryant

    At this point, I think speculation is unproductive. It’s probably just a tiny little thing that will be funny when we see it. I wish they’d been able to keep it a secret so it would be a surprise when it happened. I didn’t know about the Danni Pudi scene in Captain America. I enjoyed that, but I think I might not have if I’d been through months of speculation about what character he would play.

  • Renaldo

    Quill’s dad

  • lewis4510

    Greg Henry, has an undisclosed role in the movie. I believe he’ll be Quill’s dad.

  • Jeddy

    Corner case most likely: Yes he originated in X-men, but the Starjammers have stood on their own and become a mainstay of Marvel’s Galactic stuff. SO probably like QUicksilver and Scarlet Witch.

  • jloder24

    What a perfect Hal Jordan he would have made back in his Firefly days.

  • Tyler Harris

    Captain Marvel.

  • rogimm23

    Its Howard the Duck you guys!!! True!

  • Tophman

    Whatever his role is, I hope it’s fun & memorable. Perhaps someone who owes Rocket some money? ;)

  • Mark Boyer

    They said he’s going to be unrecognizable in his cameo. I say Supreme Intelligence!!!

  • Lady Kaede

    Adam Warlock. He would be logical from a ‘somebody else with an Infinity Gem’ perspective. Fillion’s played religious fanatics before. Warlock’s been in Hulk comics – a decent crossover path seems to exist.

  • Shiny-Omega-Noivern

    Will we see other OLD GOTG Members such as – Charlie 27, Nikki, Martinex and Astro? I know we’re seeing Yondu for sure :o

    What if Fillion has a Cameo as Martinex or Astro?

  • Joey Stone

    Because he would be an awesome fucking Nova and theres like a million Novas and he should just be a Nova because hes perfect for it you big dummies. Just make him a Nova. cmon. please?

  • Voice of Reason

    This was my guess too.

  • Raphael Barros

    Darkhawk maybe? Or Quasar

  • Colt Chenault

    He’s Cyclops’s father maybe? They might have been able to end run around fox with that?

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  • rick rick

    Didn’t realize that he had played Hal Jordan so many times in animated series.

  • Peter Porker

    Maybe he doesn’t play “Nova,” but he could be Richard Ryder pre-Nova — ie to become Nova in a future film. Or could have a brief spot as Adam Warlock coming out of the cocoon.

  • Kenneth Irby

    Since they will be introducing the Kree this summer and Ronan the Accuser will be doing the bidding of Thanos who has eyes on Earth. I think Nathan Fillion will have a cameo playing Mar-Vell. They’ll show him being a secret sleeper Agent on Earth. Possibly in a Military capacity. In that roll it sets him up to appear in Avengers 3 or other Marvel flicks.

  • TouchyRogue

    BLACK BOLT! But not really, why would have have a hilarious guy play a completely humorless almost entirely silent character… I really have no idea who he might be playing.

  • Guest

    I think he’s Starfox 64.