James Gunn: Guardians Vol. 3 will set up decades of cosmic stories, could introduce Nova

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Aug 23, 2017, 11:26 AM EDT

Guardians of the Galaxy may have introduced the Nova Corps in the first film, but there’s one major Nova Corps player who has yet to make his appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Richard Rider. The reason? His introduction may help set up the next decade of Marvel films.

Created by Marv Wolfman, Len Wein, and John Romita Sr. (who tweaked the costume), Rider's Nova has been a member of several Marvel Comics superhero teams throughout the years, including the Nova Corps, the New Warriors (who are getting their own TV series on Freeform), the Defenders, and the Secret Avengers.


While James Gunn originally steered clear of introducing Richard Rider/Nova in Guardians of the Galaxy because he wanted only one human character on the Milano (that’d be Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill), since Phase 4 of the MCU is about to go cosmic, it looks like Marvel now plans on introducing Richard Rider to the MCU at large. Which is what Gunn confirmed during a recent Q&A on Facebook:

“Yes, definitely. Nova comes up occasionally as someone we might use. One of the things I’m doing with creating Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it will take place after the next two Avengers movies, and it will help to set up the next 10 to 20 years of Marvel movies. It’s going to really expand the cosmic universe, we’re going to be setting up new characters, it will be the last movie of this version of the Guardians of the Galaxy.”

With the introduction of Adam Warlock in Vol. 3, having Richard Rider, aka Nova, make his long-anticipated debut in the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie will feel like the cosmic cherry on top. What do you think of James Gunn's comments?

(via Comic Book Movie)