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What Marvel character would Nathan Fillion play if he had the choice? It might surprise you!

Apr. 17, 2013by:

Nathan Fillion

Oh Nathan Fillion. Becoming an "A-List" celebrity and leading a major movie might not be his destiny but he has still won the hearts of countless fanboys and fangirls worldwide. In a lot of ways he's like this generation's Bruce Campbell. Whenever there's a new comic book film that needs casting it's almost a guarantee that someone, somewhere is yelling, "Give me Nathan Fillion!"

Most of the parts that Fillion has been rumored for have been hero roles, but did anyone stop to think that he'd play a decent villain? In a recent Q&A with his fans on Twitter one person asked Nathan Fillion who he would want to play in a future Marvel film. His answer? Scorpion.

Scorpion

I know what you're thinking. "Scorpion?! A third-tier super villain? Boo! Hiss! He deserves better!" But this is someone Nathan Fillion would WANT to play. Yeah, we'd all love to see him as Ant-Man but he didn't seem to keen on that did he? It seems studios have been a little leery casting Fillion as a lead because they think he isn't a big enough draw so if he is going to end up in a big superhero film maybe it's best that he starts with a secondary role. He wouldn't be stuck just playing the one character for the rest of his life either since you've got actors like Chris Evans and Ryan Reynolds who have played at least three different comic book characters each.

It's not like THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 is casting for the part right now (hell, we have no clue if Scorpion will appear in any future Spidey films) but I'm glad Nathan Fillion threw it out there that he'd be interested. If I was Marc Webb I'd be making some phone calls.

What do you think? Should Fillion be saved for something bigger or do you want to see him as a villain/secondary character?

Extra Tidbit: Speaking of Ryan Reynolds and Nathan Fillion: I love Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place. That is all.

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8:03PM on 06/21/2013

Which Character Should Nathan Play?

To be totally honest I always thought he should have been NIck Fury
To be totally honest I always thought he should have been NIck Fury
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7:48PM on 06/21/2013

Which Character Should Nathan Play?

To be totally honest I always thought he should have been NIck Fury
To be totally honest I always thought he should have been NIck Fury
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9:56AM on 04/18/2013
Nathan Fillion would've made a great Ash in a better Evil Dead remake.... Oh well Hollywood. Call me when your ready to be wowed.
Nathan Fillion would've made a great Ash in a better Evil Dead remake.... Oh well Hollywood. Call me when your ready to be wowed.
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9:51PM on 04/17/2013

between Whedon and Gunn...

owning the marvel universe, im surpised he hasnt at least gotten something from, every other film from them he at least has a cameo! btw Jesse spot on about about the Campbell comparison, those guys are both the bomb but sadly escape the A list like they deserve. heres hoping he gets GL on the reboot!
owning the marvel universe, im surpised he hasnt at least gotten something from, every other film from them he at least has a cameo! btw Jesse spot on about about the Campbell comparison, those guys are both the bomb but sadly escape the A list like they deserve. heres hoping he gets GL on the reboot!
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4:04PM on 04/17/2013

Well...

There's always Uncharted...
yeah, yeah...I know this ain't gonna happen but hey...it's all wishful thinking.
There's always Uncharted...
yeah, yeah...I know this ain't gonna happen but hey...it's all wishful thinking.
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1:53PM on 04/17/2013
fillion is too hero-esque to paly the scorpion. scorpion is supposed to be an angsty social outcast. i could see like... sacha baron cohen playing mac.
fillion is too hero-esque to paly the scorpion. scorpion is supposed to be an angsty social outcast. i could see like... sacha baron cohen playing mac.
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1:28PM on 04/17/2013
How this guy, a genuinely good and charistmatic actor, with a strong cult following, Joss Whedon projects on his resume and an actual genuine love for comics...doesn't have a role as a comic character by now....is beyond me.

At least we'll always have Captain Hammer. Oh and that Christian superhero he played in James Gunn's 'Super'.
How this guy, a genuinely good and charistmatic actor, with a strong cult following, Joss Whedon projects on his resume and an actual genuine love for comics...doesn't have a role as a comic character by now....is beyond me.

At least we'll always have Captain Hammer. Oh and that Christian superhero he played in James Gunn's 'Super'.
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1:59PM on 04/17/2013
Both great characters and films. I agree with the whole Whedon being in control and not having a part for Fillion.

I know he said he would not want to play Ant-Man, but I'm still convinced he's on a short list for the role. Would not be surprised if he actually for it.
Both great characters and films. I agree with the whole Whedon being in control and not having a part for Fillion.

I know he said he would not want to play Ant-Man, but I'm still convinced he's on a short list for the role. Would not be surprised if he actually for it.
1:25PM on 04/17/2013
I also think he would make a great SHIELD agent as well. It would at least get him into a comic book film.
I also think he would make a great SHIELD agent as well. It would at least get him into a comic book film.
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1:25PM on 04/17/2013
It's cool that out of all of the remaining comic book characters left he chose The Scorpion. And hell, if he were to be in a comic book movie then why not have him play a villain. I think if this ever came true he would do a great job and the role would definitely expand his acting chops. But who knows, if the Amazing Spider Man has alot of sequels then maybe he'll have the chance to play the Scorpion.

Personally though, if Reynolds didn't want to come back to reprise Hal Jordan/Green
It's cool that out of all of the remaining comic book characters left he chose The Scorpion. And hell, if he were to be in a comic book movie then why not have him play a villain. I think if this ever came true he would do a great job and the role would definitely expand his acting chops. But who knows, if the Amazing Spider Man has alot of sequels then maybe he'll have the chance to play the Scorpion.

Personally though, if Reynolds didn't want to come back to reprise Hal Jordan/Green Lantern, then I think Fillion would be the perfect replacement. He's already voiced him in an animated film and obviously loves the character, so I think he's more than qualified to be someone to wear the ring.

And Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Shop was one of my favorite shows of all time. It was one of the main shows I watched when growing up and thought that Reynolds and Fillion were hilarious in it as Berg and Johnny. It sucks that it's not on DVD, because it's a show that I would love to watch again and I'm surprised it's not on DVD because of how big Fillion and Reynolds have become with their film and television careers.
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1:34PM on 04/17/2013
It's on DVD but only in Region 2 format. Very lame.
It's on DVD but only in Region 2 format. Very lame.
1:58PM on 04/17/2013
Lame indeed.
Lame indeed.
12:10PM on 04/17/2013
Give him something he's passionate about, and he'll kick the shit out of the role. His role on Firefly is classic. As a villain, I'm surprised he chosen a character like Scorpion.
Give him something he's passionate about, and he'll kick the shit out of the role. His role on Firefly is classic. As a villain, I'm surprised he chosen a character like Scorpion.
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11:53AM on 04/17/2013
He's a third-tier actor, so I don't see how he deserves anything more than a third-tier superhero character
He's a third-tier actor, so I don't see how he deserves anything more than a third-tier superhero character
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1:17PM on 04/17/2013
I agree, I hate how every time a role comes up everyone screams his name. He will always be the poor man's Han Solo
I agree, I hate how every time a role comes up everyone screams his name. He will always be the poor man's Han Solo
11:01AM on 04/17/2013
Extra tidbit: I LOVE that show! Still watch it from time to time. Great show.
Extra tidbit: I LOVE that show! Still watch it from time to time. Great show.
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12:22PM on 04/17/2013
It is fantastic. Anyone that dislikes Ryan Reynolds must not have watched the show. Fillion was excellent as well but when it first aired I remember thinking that Reynolds was going to be big.
It is fantastic. Anyone that dislikes Ryan Reynolds must not have watched the show. Fillion was excellent as well but when it first aired I remember thinking that Reynolds was going to be big.
12:59PM on 04/17/2013
Back then I thought he'd be great in rom com, not action star like he is today. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but Reynolds was very good at comedy.
Back then I thought he'd be great in rom com, not action star like he is today. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but Reynolds was very good at comedy.
10:53AM on 04/17/2013

Extra Tidbit

Shit, totally forgot Fillion was in that show. That's crazy!
Also, I too loved that show. Hilarious stuff!
Shit, totally forgot Fillion was in that show. That's crazy!
Also, I too loved that show. Hilarious stuff!
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10:48AM on 04/17/2013

Why not...

...and try to cast him as Tony Stark's replacement for Iron Man when RDJ steps down? I mean, it's going to happen sometime and I think it could work. Doesn't have to play Tony Stark, can play a different character that takes over the suit if Stark dies/retires as Iron Man.
...and try to cast him as Tony Stark's replacement for Iron Man when RDJ steps down? I mean, it's going to happen sometime and I think it could work. Doesn't have to play Tony Stark, can play a different character that takes over the suit if Stark dies/retires as Iron Man.
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10:39AM on 04/17/2013

DC Love?

i REALLY want to see nathan fillion as Hal Jordan when Green Lantern gets rebooted for Justice League (i hope). i mean, he's already played Hal in a few DCAU movies so he has the character/personailty down. and well, look at the DCAU version. doesn't he look like someone? [link]
i REALLY want to see nathan fillion as Hal Jordan when Green Lantern gets rebooted for Justice League (i hope). i mean, he's already played Hal in a few DCAU movies so he has the character/personailty down. and well, look at the DCAU version. doesn't he look like someone? [link]
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10:32AM on 04/17/2013

PS

I realize that the Flash is a DC character. (Well, after I already posted my comment). As for which Marvel character he could play... I've no idea :(
I realize that the Flash is a DC character. (Well, after I already posted my comment). As for which Marvel character he could play... I've no idea :(
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10:29AM on 04/17/2013
Id rather he be brought into the Marvel Studios fold
Id rather he be brought into the Marvel Studios fold
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10:28AM on 04/17/2013

A little younger....

and you've got yourself a Gambit to reckon with.
and you've got yourself a Gambit to reckon with.
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10:26AM on 04/17/2013

Which Character Should Nathan Play?

He might be a good Flash. But they need to get another Serenity/Firefly film going. We need some more Captain Reynolds.
He might be a good Flash. But they need to get another Serenity/Firefly film going. We need some more Captain Reynolds.
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