Will Nova's standalone movie in Marvel's phase 4 feature Annihilus and the Annihilation Wave?
While leaks have suggested that a movie on Nova has made some serious headway, we think it's time we may see the Annihilation Wave finally hit the galaxy
Ever since the writers of 'Avengers: Endgame' revealed that they had plans to introduce Nova briefly in 'Infinity War', there have been many theories about how the 'Human Rocket' would be introduced in the MCU. With 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' set to conclude the Infinity saga, the fourth phase and the possible movies it will include has already been a topic of discussion.
With the schedule released, there are speculations rife about the new superhero flicks that would be part of the new period.
Coming back to Nova, Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige, earlier spoke to ComicBook.com about how a character like Nova would be part of the MCU going forward, given the immense potential that he has as a superhero. Keeping this in mind, it is fair to speculate that Nova will make an entry at some stage. According to Omnitos, a standalone movie on Nova is already in development.
Considering this is true, and if we are to go by the narrative in the comic series 'Annihilation', the movie is most likely to be an origin story about Richard Rider, a member of the intergalactic police force, Nova Corps, with superhuman abilities including enhanced strength, flight, and resistance to injury.
Then ideally the plot would revolve around Annihilus, the intergalactic supervillain who leads an armada of warships, setting off an annihilation wave that destroys planets. While some cosmic heroes such as Star-Lord and Drax (Both are Guardians of the Galaxy at the moment) try and fend off the attack, they find an able ally in Nova, who stops the wave and ultimately kills Annihulus in the process.
Nova could have had an introduction back in 'Infinity War', but with the film already crowded with superheroes, it does make sense to bring him out as a titular character with his own storyline.
Originally, he was supposed to be the messenger who would deliver the news of Thanos' arrival, but the role eventually went to Mark Ruffalo's Hulk who crash lands at the Sanctum Sanctorum to warn about the impending threat to Earth.
If anything, the only question would be whether the studios take the 'Captain Marvel' and 'Spider-Man' route and show him as a character who is already aware of his powers, and how he takes on Annihilus. Or, as we said, it could be an origin tale that may have the Guardians come to his assistance at some stage in the film.
Until then, it just looks like we have to wait and watch the new developments. Meanwhile, the world is gearing up for Marvel's next biggest release- 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' that will hit the screens on July 2
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