RUMOR ALERT: Please take this information with a grain of salt, as it is just RUMOR at this point.
There has been a lot of buzz about the character Nova and his potential to appear in an upcoming Marvel Studios film or TV show. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has a tendency to play extremely coy about future plans, but he’s been noticeably less evasive when it comes to Nova, going so far as to say he had “immediate potential” to appear. So it really is a matter of time before this character shows up in the flesh.
MCU Cosmic reports that “very reliable sources” indicate that a Nova film has been in development for some time and that he will likely debut during Phase 5, along with ‘Blade’, ‘Black Panther 2’, ‘Captain Marvel 2’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3’, another ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ (would we call that ‘2’ or ‘3’?), and possibly the ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘X-Men’.
The Nova Corps has already appeared in the movies, starting with the first ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (2014). Their home planet, Xandar, was destroyed off-camera, when Thanos went there to claim the Power Stone, as relayed in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. The Nova Corps is similar to DC’s Green Lantern Corps, and is comprised of beings from various planets dedicated to protecting space.
There are two major Novas from Earth. The first, Richard Ryder (left) debuted in 1976, in his own comic ‘The Man Called Nova’ #1. He was created by Marv Wolfman and John Romita Sr. to basically be a new Spider-Man/Peter Parker, in that he was a New York-based high school student, struggling to come to grips with his new abilities. ‘The Man Called Nova’ ended with its 25th issue, published in 1979. He remained in limbo until he was reintroduced, going by the name Kid Nova, as a member of the New Warriors in 1989. Since his time in the New Warriors, he has been depicted as one of Marvel’s premier cosmic champions.
Richard Ryder has grown into adulthood. A new younger Nova, Sam Alexander (above), has since debuted in 2011, created by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness. It turns out, Sam’s alcoholic father was secretly a member of the Nova Corps, and when Rocket Raccoon and Gamora give him his father’s old helmet, Sam inherits the responsibility. Like Ryder, Sam joins a version of the New Warriors, before graduating to the Avengers, where he forms a bond with fellow teen heroes Spider-Man/Miles Morales, and Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan.
It isn’t known which Nova will be used in an adaptation, but ‘Ms. Marvel’ is getting her own series on Disney+, so it would be possible that Sam could debut on that. He could also be introduced in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3’ or ‘Captain Marvel 2’. If Marvel introduced the Nova Corps in full-force, that would free up Captain Marvel to spend more time on Earth, rather than spending all of her time in space, the way she was sidelined for most of ‘Avengers: Endgame’.
But the rumor indicates that ‘Nova’ will actually debut in his own project. Stay tuned for updates!
Where would you like to see Nova debut? And would this character work better in his own movie or TV show?