Marvel Studios teased the audience with an appearance of Adam Warlock during the credits of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Of course, anything that comes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is highly anticipated when it comes to fans. The fans of the film franchise and comics they originate from are happy to have seen Adam, but they really would like to know when Nova will show up.
The director, James Gunn, had a Q&A session on Facebook with the fans. In an open forum like that, anything goes, so a fan asked the director if the MCU had plans on a storyline that involved Nova. He said Marvel Studios was “considering” bringing the “real” Nova to the big screen. Which means Richard Rider might be brought back.
Richard Rider was the hero who held the title of Nova, until he was trapped in the Cancerverse. Sam Alexander then took on the role of hero, but he didn’t fare well with fans and critics, so Rider will come back and work alongside Alexander.
Something that some might not have picked up on is that the name for the Nova Corps, which you might liken to a police force of sorts meant to keep an eye on Xandar, was inspired by Nova. James Gunn was paying homage in that way. It also made it possible for Nova to make it to the film franchise.
James Gunn has mentioned the possibility of the character making it into the story before. Last year, Super Interessante reported that he would like to make that happen.
“You know, I think Nova is a great character. He may definitely show up at some point in the future,” he stated. “It will not be in Guardians 2, but at some point.”
IN 2014, his sentiments were different as he told SlashFilm that he didn’t intend on bringing Nova into the story, but a standalone movie was possible.
“I don’t want Nova right now because I think Quill being the only earthling is important. That serves the entire movie going audience and not just the handful of Nova fans… I have nothing against Nova in future movies, but it doesn’t serve the movie right this moment.”
James Gunn has proven his worth and creative skill with the franchise, so Marvel Studios has given him more future projects to work on with a say in what he would like to happen. Being that his sentiments have changed in regards to the Rider, maybe we’ll finally get to see him make an appearance.