The first Guardians of the Galaxy movie introduced fans to the wider cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As fans were introduced to Star-Lord, Drax and Gamora, they were taken to Xandar, home planet of the Nova Corps, an intergalactic police force. But while the Nova Corps was introduced early on in the MCU, its most prominent member and fan-favorite character, Richard Rider, has yet to make his cinematic debut.
Fans have been asking for a Nova film almost as soon as Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters, with little to no news on that front ever since. That is, until now. Ant-Man co-writer Adam McKay was recently a guest on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, where he not only revealed that he is talking with Marvel about other projects, but that the studio might also be working on a solo Nova film.
Speaking of his back and forth with Marvel and Kevin Feige, McKay said "I think they’re kicking a Nova idea around." Of course, this isn't exactly an official announcement, but it does seem to indicate that Richard Rider may finally be coming to the MCU.
What's more, the off-screen developments in Avengers: Infinity War have perfectly set up the potential arrival of Nova. As viewers might recall, the film opened with Thanos laying waste to the Asgardians aboard their ship. The Mad Titan was already in possession of the Power Stone, an Infinity Stone that was last seen on Xandar, where it was meant to be safeguarded by the Nova Corps. However, thanks to Thor, we now know that Thanos destroyed Xandar (and the Corps by extension) to get to the Stone.
In the comic books, Earthling Richard Rider became Nova after the last surviving member of Corps, Rhomann Dey, crash landed on Earth and bestowed his powers and duty upon him. Rhomann Dey, as fans might recall, is the name of the Nova officer played by John C. Reilly in Guardians of the Galaxy. With Xandar gone, it would be quite feasible to see an injured Dey travel to Earth to find a replacement.
Perhaps then will the Infinity War sequel, Avengers: Endgame, will further plant the seeds for the MCU's introduction of Nova.
Avengers: Endgame will arrive on April 26, 2019. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.
(via MCU Exchange)