Did you feel that? That slight frisson, that slight shaking of the Earth as if something prophesied has come to be? That's because it has: Nathan Fillion has joined the Marvel universe. It is a moment long foretold in the realm of geekdom.
Fillion, current star of Castle but perhaps still most beloved for playing Capt. Malcolm Reynolds in the short-lived Firefly, will have a small part in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy. With the announcement it's confirmed that, yes, Fillion is a huge tease — albeit not a hugely subtle one — given what he said about the role at Saint Louis Comic-Con a few months back:
Wanting to get a part [in Guardians of the Galaxy]? Or maybe did? I’m just saying… maybe? Maybe you’ll be surprised? Maybe check the credits of the movie when you watch it.
And now it's official: Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn tweeted Saturday that Fillion "has a very small fun cameo he did as a favor to me." Fillion's worked with Gunn before, after all, in 2006's Slither and in 2010's Super. Gunn also confirmed that Fillion will not be playing superhero Nova/Richard Rider in the film. You win some, you lose some. But at least this time we still win a Nathan Fillion?