Avengers: Endgame Co-Director Says Nova Is a 'James Gunn Thing'

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According to Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo, the best chance of Nova appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be in a Guardians of the Galaxy film.

"I think that exists more in the Guardians universe," Russo told ComicBook.com in regard to Nova. "That would have to be a James Gunn thing. But again, we just had too many characters on our plate. And you can't introduce somebody who doesn't have their own movie like [Captain] Marvel. You can't just throw them into the final chapter of a book."

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The Richard Rider incarnation of Nova is a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Nova Corps. Created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist John Romita Sr., he first appeared in The Man Called Nova #1 in 1976.

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With Nova being more of a cosmic character, it does make sense to introduce him in a Guardians of the Galaxy film. In fact, the Nova Corps has already appeared in a Guardians film, so we at least know about its existence in the MCU. However, given the fate of Xandar in Infinity War, the group's future remains unknown.

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Nevertheless, while James Gunn hasn't spoken about any plans to utilize Nova in the franchise, there are rumors of a Nova solo film. Another comic favorite, Adam Warlockwas teased at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Written and directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 does not currently have a release date.

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