As we now inch closer to the end of Marvel Cinematic Universe's Infinity Saga with the upcoming release of 'Spider-Man: Far from Home', we'll soon be looking at new characters who will be part of the fourth phase. Marvel, for its part, has already introduced us to Mysterio and the Elementals in the recently released 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' trailer.
While it is already known that Marvel Studios is working on 'Shang-Chi' and 'The Eternals' and that the two movies will be part of the nine dates that Disney had released last week, it also looks like we may see the cosmic superhero, Nova, make his debut on the big screen, after MCU Cosmic reported that Marvel was developing a film on the character.
That though, shouldn't come as a surprise. During the 'Infinity War' press tour last year, Kevin Feige, the Marvel Studios President hinted to Comicbook, that there could be a Nova movie. "Nova is… if we have a big board with a bunch of characters that have more immediate potential, Nova is on that board. Because of the connection to the Guardians universe, because there are more than one examples to pull from in the comics that are interesting. And you’re absolutely right, he was in the earliest drafts of the [Guardians of the Galaxy]," he said.
For those who are unfamiliar with Nova, the character is the alter-ego of Richard Rider, a member of the Nova Corps, the intergalactic police force seen in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'. The Nova force is believed to possess superhuman strength and flight abilities. Sam Alexander, a younger version of Nova, was introduced in the comics in 2011.
In a recent interview with THR, it was reported that the 'Avengers: Endgame'writers, Stephen McFeely, and Christopher Markus revealed some of the ideas and characters that they contemplated before writing both 'Infinity War' and 'Endgame', and Nova most definitely made the list of superheroes who could be introduced.
"I remember going through several scenarios of Nova," Markus told THR. "Thanos could come and kill all the Nova Corps, except one guy. Richard Rider, who then becomes … I think in that scenario he became the herald, kind of like the Hulk was [in Infinity War when he crashed into the Sanctum Sanctorum]. Someone who could come out and tell people."
"We had everything," Markus continued. "Literally every variation we could think of or that was sitting there in the comics untapped. With absolutely no value placed next to them." Eventually, Nova didn't make an appearance in both the movies and instead, it was Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) who warned earth that Thanos was coming after being teleported by Heimdall, at the start.
With The Snap and its subsequent reversal, the concept of multiple realities came to life (Mysterio and the Elementals) and with the Guardians heading off for another space adventure, it is likely that they might introduce Nova in a sort of a cosmic team-up with Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and Co. at some point.
Nova may still be in the developing phase, but given the length of how much he was in consideration, it's evident that he is instrumental in the fourth phase. This could also mean that one of the nine slots in the release schedule is allocated for Nova unless a miniseries is planned.
Until then, its a wait.
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