Mantis Creator On 'Guardians Vol. 2': 'That's Not Mantis'

Danny Woods
May 20, 2017

This film is full of action packed visual effects and ground breaking story arcs. Can Fillion cameos rival Stan Lee's? Equally a bummer was that a lot of people took photos of these posters on the day so suddenly every fan site was reporting that Nathan was playing Wonder Man in he movie.

"(Nathan's) been in every movie I've directed - even as a monstrous, perverted voice in Guardians of the Galaxy", Gunn wrote. I didn't have a good cameo for him in Vol. 2 - and I wanted to bring him more fully into the MCU at some point, so I didn't want to make him Aakon Guard #2, narrowing his chance of a more substantial role in the future.

When the opening credits came in, I was afraid the movie would end up focusing more on baby Groot, because for the whole portion of the beginning credits was him dancing to the "Awesome Mix Vol.2" as the other characters fought in the background. So in a small flash to earth I chose to put a theater playing a 'Simon Williams Film Festival, ' with six Simon Williams movie posters outside.

James Gunn is famously an alumni of Troma Entertainment, the company behind B-movie classics like The Toxic Avenger and Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, so he's no stranger to freaky cinematic excess. Guardians director James Gunn took to social media to explain what Fillion's very small appearance in GotGV2 actually entailed and how news of the easter egg spread like wildfire.

Gunn went on to reveal that the glimpse of the fictional posters had to eventually be edited out of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2's final cut, "along with storefronts named after comic book luminaries Starlin, Mantlos and Annett" as the sequence "slowed down" the plot.

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Be on the lookout for more in-universe movie posters of Fillion as Simon, as Gunn has promised to reveal a few more in the coming days.

As the film progresses into its final denouement, all the things that are good about it are overtaken by the over the top, quite frankly ugly special effects (I will not elaborate further, you will see for yourself), and by an overly long, drawn-out final battle scene that could really do with the lightness that made the opening scene of this film, and the final scene of the first, so very memorable. "I will say that I liked the film quite a bit overall, they're doing good stuff and I enjoyed my night at the movies so long as I turned my brain off to the fact that that's not Mantis up there".

"And, yes, I think we can consider them canon for the MCU, and I hold onto hope that Simon Williams will rise again!".

Released against a blockbuster landscape dominated by the Avengers, the first Guardians of the Galaxy was a surprise hit that Hollywood needed.

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