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Marvel roundup: Nova Corps MCU-bound? A Runaways crossover? Ryan Reynolds gets punked?

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Dec 24, 2018, 11:50 AM EST

We know from a brief mention in Avengers: Infinity War that no one on Xandar — not even the Nova Corps — was spared from the effects of Thanos’ big snap back on Earth. But a little decimation may not be enough to stop them from taking the spotlight in a future Marvel movie, according to one MCU writer.

Sitting in on a recent episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Ant-Man co-writer Adam McKay briefly mentioned that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and the rest of the creative powers who decide the MCU’s future may be “kicking around a Nova idea.” But he didn’t elaborate on whether the few corps members who showed up in Guardians of the Galaxy (Glenn Close as Nova Prime Irani Rael, John C. Reilly as Rhomann Dey, and Peter Serafinowicz as Denarian Garthan Saal) might be ready to regroup if a Nova movie does get off the ground.

McKay did say Nova, aka Richard Rider, was his first Marvel obsession as a kid, and that he’d welcome the chance to work on a movie that finally introduces Nova to the MCU. That falls right in line with Feige's remarks, earlier this year, affirming Nova's "immediate potential" for entry into the MCU. But McKay's dream project — one he said he’d “do anything” for the chance to write — would be a movie treatment for the Silver Surfer. “There’s a great emotional story in there, man,” he enthused.

In the meantime, our best next chance at seeing what Marvel already has planned for Nova Corps is likely next April, when Avengers: Endgame puts a bow on the current MCU movie cycle. Or we can just wait until Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 finally arrives… but for now, that’s looking like a pretty long wait.

With Season 2 of Marvel’s Runaways nudging the teenage supergroup closer to the rest of the MCU, it’s already an open question, among fans, whether Marvel has bigger plans that could take the team beyond its home base at Hulu.

But thanks to a recent comment from Runaways star Ryan Sands, the idea of a crossover isn’t one that’s limited just to fans. Answering questions for a Reddit AMA, Sands, who plays PRIDE member Geoffrey Wilder, said he not only envisions a future Runaways crossover, but that he even has a preference for which other Marvel show — or, in this case, shows — would make the ideal hosts.

“I think Cloak & Dagger is a perfect fit,” wrote Sands, “but I'd love to see us cross over with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., too.” Sands, whose character on Runaways constantly vies with the cold, calculating Tina Minoru (Brittany Ishibashi) for leadership of PRIDE’s fractured team of parents, went on to say he’d also welcome the chance to appear in a future Black Panther movie. “I think Geoffrey could use his real estate business to try and get involved somehow” in PRIDE’s Oakland-based technology center, he speculated.

In the meantime, you can catch Sands and the rest of the cast on Marvel’s Runaways, which just made its Season 2 debut on Hulu.

Because there's no corner of the Marvel universe that's safe from Ryan Reynolds, the Russo brothers have apparently decided to stage a clever pre-emptive strike on social media — before Reynolds has a chance to prank them first.

Picking up on a silly Christmas gag last week, when Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal snapped the Deadpool actor wearing a blindingly ugly Christmas sweater, the Russos seized the moment by nabbing the photo evidence. Now Reynolds’ embarrassing sweater photo is pulling double duty as the one everyone sees when they pull up the Russos' official Twitter profile:

Russo Brothers Twitter Profile December 2018

Credit: Russo Brothers on Twitter

The idea, of course, is that all the fans impatiently awaiting the arrival of Avengers: Endgame are the ones who’re feeling Reynolds’ pain — while the Russos just sit back and laugh, like Jackman and Gyllenhaal in the photo.

Painful though it may be, we don’t have that much longer to wait: Avengers: Endgame snaps into theaters on April 26.