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Why hasn't Nathan Fillion starred as a character in the Marvel universe?

Jun. 7, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Every time we do a "Cast This", hell every time we talk about casting a superhero role for any article, Nathan Fillion's name always manages to come up. It's a thing now to suggest Filion for every role that comes up. There's always at least one joker in each of the "Cast This" columns. Captain Planet? Nathan Fillion. Doctor Strange? Nathan Fillion. Scarlet Witch? Nathan Fillion.

Fillion has had opportunities to at least audition for a role, right? He was in SLITHER for James Gunn who is directing GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and has teamed with Joss Whedon for several projects. So why hasn't he been cast in anything?

This is what the actor told IGN:

Right now, I'm still pretty tied up with Castle," Nathan Fillion told IGN Movies when asked if he has any interest in reteaming with his close friends Joss Whedon or James Gunn for either of their upcoming Marvel Studios comic book movies, The Avengers 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy. "I have a couple of years of that to go. We're having a great time, we're telling some great stories and we're enjoying it. Joss and James have done so much for me, I'm not the guy that goes knocking at their door and goes, 'Do some more for me!' You know what I mean? They're doing great stuff right now and I'm having a great time right now, so I think that once I wrap up Castle, and we get a little more free time one our hands... [Nods]

What about past rumors of him being up for certain roles?

"People want to believe that, but actually, I never have!"

Source: IGN

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7:25AM on 06/10/2013
He's inexplicably popular.
He's inexplicably popular.
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4:53PM on 06/09/2013

he was a good green lantern in the cartoon

maybe he's holding out to be the rebooted Green Lantern at DC instead of committing to a B-list Marvel hero.
maybe he's holding out to be the rebooted Green Lantern at DC instead of committing to a B-list Marvel hero.
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12:13PM on 06/09/2013

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You guys do know he already played a " super hero" in Super, right? Cased closed fanboys. Just accept that Wash will always be superior to Mal....
You guys do know he already played a " super hero" in Super, right? Cased closed fanboys. Just accept that Wash will always be superior to Mal....
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11:25AM on 06/09/2013
I want him in a role so badly but then again I want it to be a supremely suitable role.
I want him in a role so badly but then again I want it to be a supremely suitable role.
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4:59AM on 06/09/2013
ironmovies should cease and desist.
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Shame on them!
ironmovies should cease and desist.
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Shame on them!
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9:22PM on 06/08/2013
But seriously, based solely on seeing him in Dr Horribles Singalong Blog I do think that he would be an awesome choice for any of the more campy comic book movies, but maybe not for any of the gritty, dark adaptations. It would actually be insanely cool if he was in Kick Ass. As Captain Hammer. Or not.
I would suggest him HIGHLY for an Uncharted movie as Nathan Drake, but I saw him at Calgary Expo in April and he is either not sleeping well or aging terribly. A more youthful version of him
But seriously, based solely on seeing him in Dr Horribles Singalong Blog I do think that he would be an awesome choice for any of the more campy comic book movies, but maybe not for any of the gritty, dark adaptations. It would actually be insanely cool if he was in Kick Ass. As Captain Hammer. Or not.
I would suggest him HIGHLY for an Uncharted movie as Nathan Drake, but I saw him at Calgary Expo in April and he is either not sleeping well or aging terribly. A more youthful version of him would be perfect!
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9:14PM on 06/08/2013
Clearly he has the potential to be a superhero. Didn't anyone see Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog?
"The hammer, is my penis."
Case closed.
Clearly he has the potential to be a superhero. Didn't anyone see Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog?
"The hammer, is my penis."
Case closed.
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6:03PM on 06/08/2013
Loved him in Firefly/Serenity but not a huge fan of Castle and I'm not sure Castle has done much for his 'movie' prospects. I would like to see him back in shape and back in 'space'.
Loved him in Firefly/Serenity but not a huge fan of Castle and I'm not sure Castle has done much for his 'movie' prospects. I would like to see him back in shape and back in 'space'.
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2:25PM on 06/08/2013
LOL yea that's why (/sarcasm). I love the guy. I think he is good and if given the chance would knock it out of the park, but Hollywood is NOT waiting for Fillion to finish up a tv show. They aren't waiting at all.
LOL yea that's why (/sarcasm). I love the guy. I think he is good and if given the chance would knock it out of the park, but Hollywood is NOT waiting for Fillion to finish up a tv show. They aren't waiting at all.
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12:48PM on 06/08/2013
Because he is a B list actor at best
Because he is a B list actor at best
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10:02PM on 06/08/2013
Agreed. The fanboys are too stupid to see that.
Agreed. The fanboys are too stupid to see that.
4:56PM on 06/09/2013
so he should have definitely had a shot being one of these B-list Marvel heroes (e.g. Ant Man, GotG, SHIELD agent, etc.)
so he should have definitely had a shot being one of these B-list Marvel heroes (e.g. Ant Man, GotG, SHIELD agent, etc.)
12:33PM on 06/08/2013
So crazy_bull, your opinion is more valid than others? What's the big deal if people voted against how you feel? Like others, I would like to see Fillion do more too but it doesn't mean you can't feel different. We have as much a right to be a fan of Fillion as you have to not be a fan. Considering this is a thread about him, what kind of responses did you expect?
So crazy_bull, your opinion is more valid than others? What's the big deal if people voted against how you feel? Like others, I would like to see Fillion do more too but it doesn't mean you can't feel different. We have as much a right to be a fan of Fillion as you have to not be a fan. Considering this is a thread about him, what kind of responses did you expect?
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12:09PM on 06/08/2013
Wow 20 stupid fanboys voted me down 'cause I think this guy is not a good actor. Y'all know what, it doesn't change the fact that this dude sucks and I don't
see him getting a superhero role anytime soon.
Wow 20 stupid fanboys voted me down 'cause I think this guy is not a good actor. Y'all know what, it doesn't change the fact that this dude sucks and I don't
see him getting a superhero role anytime soon.
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12:32PM on 06/08/2013
I agree 100% the guy sucks but fanboys will always blow the guy
I agree 100% the guy sucks but fanboys will always blow the guy
4:47PM on 06/08/2013
Maybe you should just own your opinion, and not care how other people feel about it.
Maybe you should just own your opinion, and not care how other people feel about it.
10:03PM on 06/08/2013
@ smooveluv: I did own my opinion.
@ smooveluv: I did own my opinion.
7:53AM on 06/09/2013
Your post isn't much more than whining that you got a thumbs down for your original opinion. That's not owning it.
Your post isn't much more than whining that you got a thumbs down for your original opinion. That's not owning it.
2:42PM on 06/09/2013
FYI, I don't really care what these fanboys (including you) think. It's just funny to see that everybody is blowing this guy even thou there is nothing special about him... again, B-list actor @ best. Oh, and you want proof that he's not a good actor? Go watch anything that he's in, including "Firefly"...
FYI, I don't really care what these fanboys (including you) think. It's just funny to see that everybody is blowing this guy even thou there is nothing special about him... again, B-list actor @ best. Oh, and you want proof that he's not a good actor? Go watch anything that he's in, including "Firefly"...
10:18AM on 06/08/2013
I think Nathan Fillion is great. Not just because of Firefly but every interview and appearance I seen him in, he seems like such a good person and a fanboy himself. He's the only reason I watch Castle. If they are going to cast him in anything Marvel, I really hope its soon. Also, don't do it just because, only do it if he's the perfect person for the role. Ant-man would be cool but will people go see it with him headlining the movie? Fanboygirls know him but most people would be like, "is
I think Nathan Fillion is great. Not just because of Firefly but every interview and appearance I seen him in, he seems like such a good person and a fanboy himself. He's the only reason I watch Castle. If they are going to cast him in anything Marvel, I really hope its soon. Also, don't do it just because, only do it if he's the perfect person for the role. Ant-man would be cool but will people go see it with him headlining the movie? Fanboygirls know him but most people would be like, "is that the guy from Castle?" The guy is awesome but not really a household name. He should be but he's not.
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8:30AM on 06/08/2013

Nathan Fillion for:

The ad for Playstation that preceded this ign clip gave me an idea. Nathan Fillion for the lead role in the screen adaptation of The Last of Us.
The ad for Playstation that preceded this ign clip gave me an idea. Nathan Fillion for the lead role in the screen adaptation of The Last of Us.
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6:35AM on 06/08/2013

ha

not really a comment about this article but about him, i was at a Best Buy recently and i saw a girl pick up the season set of Firefly and heard her mention to her boyfriend "hey look this is the guy from Castle" ..wait maybe thats why he hasnt been cast
not really a comment about this article but about him, i was at a Best Buy recently and i saw a girl pick up the season set of Firefly and heard her mention to her boyfriend "hey look this is the guy from Castle" ..wait maybe thats why he hasnt been cast
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6:07AM on 06/08/2013
With all the fanboys pining / drooling / whining over Fillion playing a Marvel character, by the time he actually gets to (or decides to) play one the expectations will be so insurmountable.
With all the fanboys pining / drooling / whining over Fillion playing a Marvel character, by the time he actually gets to (or decides to) play one the expectations will be so insurmountable.
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3:49AM on 06/08/2013

Because he's...

Getting fat
Getting fat
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2:28PM on 06/08/2013
Hey don't down vote me, down vote Taco Bell
Hey don't down vote me, down vote Taco Bell
4:50PM on 06/08/2013
It's true. People can get mad at you all they want, but it's not like you are presenting a subjective opinion. I mean, come on. It's 2013, and we're talking superhero movies. He's not in fighting shape. I'm sure he could get a trainer and break out some abs in 6 months, but until he does, nothing says "I'm cool with this procedural drama" like being doughy and out of shape. I'm not criticizing the guy (or tossing him on a pedestal like some people here). Scoot has a point. Christ, the bad guy
It's true. People can get mad at you all they want, but it's not like you are presenting a subjective opinion. I mean, come on. It's 2013, and we're talking superhero movies. He's not in fighting shape. I'm sure he could get a trainer and break out some abs in 6 months, but until he does, nothing says "I'm cool with this procedural drama" like being doughy and out of shape. I'm not criticizing the guy (or tossing him on a pedestal like some people here). Scoot has a point. Christ, the bad guy from Blade 3 didn't have chiseled abs, and I remember people, on this site, complaining because he wasn't ripped enough.
10:05PM on 06/08/2013
And because he sucks.
And because he sucks.
1:52AM on 06/08/2013
Nathan Fillion is Marvel's ULTIMATE Ace in the Hole. If Downey doesn't re-up for Avengers I bet I know who they'll bring in as Tony Stark to help ease the fanboy backlash.
Nathan Fillion is Marvel's ULTIMATE Ace in the Hole. If Downey doesn't re-up for Avengers I bet I know who they'll bring in as Tony Stark to help ease the fanboy backlash.
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8:00AM on 06/08/2013
That might actually work. Never would've thought of it though.
That might actually work. Never would've thought of it though.
8:26AM on 06/08/2013
Good call!
Good call!
10:04PM on 06/08/2013
Ultimate Ace my ass, this guy is B-list at best, hell, I don't think he even belongs on the big screen. His range is limited only on TV...
Ultimate Ace my ass, this guy is B-list at best, hell, I don't think he even belongs on the big screen. His range is limited only on TV...
1:47AM on 06/08/2013
Nathan Fillion is Marvel's ULTIMATE Ace in the Hole. If Downey doesn't re-up for Avengers I bet I know who they'll bring in as Tony Stark to help ease the fanboy backlash.
Nathan Fillion is Marvel's ULTIMATE Ace in the Hole. If Downey doesn't re-up for Avengers I bet I know who they'll bring in as Tony Stark to help ease the fanboy backlash.
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3:50AM on 06/08/2013
Are you batsh*t insane? I love the guy, but he would be a TERRIBLE Tony Stark
Are you batsh*t insane? I love the guy, but he would be a TERRIBLE Tony Stark
11:43PM on 06/07/2013
They need to throw him a role just to ****ing shut the fanboys up. I got nothing against this guy, enjoyed him just fine in Serenity and Slither...but could his fans be flying any closer to the sun?

Whedon should stick him in somewhere like Raimi did with Bruce Campbell in the Spiderman movies. Some funny two-minute cameo as the night manager of a Denny's who stonewalls Thor from getting a third plate of pancakes.
They need to throw him a role just to ****ing shut the fanboys up. I got nothing against this guy, enjoyed him just fine in Serenity and Slither...but could his fans be flying any closer to the sun?

Whedon should stick him in somewhere like Raimi did with Bruce Campbell in the Spiderman movies. Some funny two-minute cameo as the night manager of a Denny's who stonewalls Thor from getting a third plate of pancakes.
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3:52AM on 06/08/2013
THANK YOU, everyone had been humping this guys leg for years.
THANK YOU, everyone had been humping this guys leg for years.
11:31PM on 06/07/2013
So Nathan would be the obivious choice for Ant-Man... how about Alison Brie for Wasp? Just a thought.
So Nathan would be the obivious choice for Ant-Man... how about Alison Brie for Wasp? Just a thought.
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11:41PM on 06/07/2013
Morena Baccarin is my ideal choice for Wasp. So much to the point that I can't see anyone BUT her playing the role.
Morena Baccarin is my ideal choice for Wasp. So much to the point that I can't see anyone BUT her playing the role.
11:20PM on 06/07/2013
If Fillion makes an appearance in the Marvel Universe, I'd personally like to see him play a villain rather than a hero. He has so much range, I'd love to see him display it on the big screen.
If Fillion makes an appearance in the Marvel Universe, I'd personally like to see him play a villain rather than a hero. He has so much range, I'd love to see him display it on the big screen.
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6:11AM on 06/08/2013
Back in April JoBlo.com posted a response he had to a twitter question about who he'd like to play....his response "The Scorpion"
Back in April JoBlo.com posted a response he had to a twitter question about who he'd like to play....his response "The Scorpion"
11:16PM on 06/07/2013
I really hope Fillion gets to play a superhero in the Marvel Universe one day once Castle is complete or almost to that point. He really is a good actor and likeable guy. There is also no other actor that has worked with Josh before Avengers that screams out more for a superhero role than Nathan Fillion. It's bound to happen considering their relationship.

That's why I'm hoping when the time comes he gets the chance to play Ant-Man. I think he would make a great choice for the role and
I really hope Fillion gets to play a superhero in the Marvel Universe one day once Castle is complete or almost to that point. He really is a good actor and likeable guy. There is also no other actor that has worked with Josh before Avengers that screams out more for a superhero role than Nathan Fillion. It's bound to happen considering their relationship.

That's why I'm hoping when the time comes he gets the chance to play Ant-Man. I think he would make a great choice for the role and would make a great addition to the Marvel Universe.
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2:54AM on 06/08/2013
Stand back, everyone, nothing here to see
Just imminent danger, in the middle of it, [he]
Yes [Nathan Fillion's] here, hair blowing in the breeze
[Marvel] needs [his] saving expertise
Stand back, everyone, nothing here to see
Just imminent danger, in the middle of it, [he]
Yes [Nathan Fillion's] here, hair blowing in the breeze
[Marvel] needs [his] saving expertise
11:07PM on 06/07/2013
I don't see what's the big deal about this guy.
I don't see what's the big deal about this guy.
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10:17PM on 06/07/2013

Great Actor

Marvel or Warner must give to him a cheq to rolled for a character ...
Marvel or Warner must give to him a cheq to rolled for a character ...
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9:46PM on 06/07/2013

He hasn't been in a movie yet because

Ant-Man isn't out till 2015
Ant-Man isn't out till 2015
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11:36PM on 06/07/2013
I like where your head is at.
I like where your head is at.
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