While it is currently unclear if and when the comic book character Nova will make his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Raf Grassetti, the art director for God of War at Sony Santa Monica, has taken it upon himself to use his talents to imagine what the cosmic hero would look like on the big screen.
Grassetti uploaded two images of his Nova design to both Instagram and Twitter. In the caption, Grassetti explained that the primary influence for his art was that of Marvel Studios character designer and concept artist Ryan Meinerding.
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Here is a “Nova” design! Had a lot of fun with this one and really challenging figuring out painting techniques for it. Inspired by the work of @ryan_meinerding_art and the other Marvel folks. Trying to get faster as I do these. I’ll share some closeups and shots of the process later. Hope you like it! #marvel #avengers #annihilation #nova #characterdesign #zbrush #conceptart #comics
The MCU influence is very apparent, as Nova's outfit looks like it would be right at home alongside those of fellow cosmic heroes like Captain Marvel and Star-Lord, while also distinguishing itself with its unique aesthetic.
The design naturally takes cues from the armor worn by the Nova Corps, but with enough liberties taken to make the Human Rocket feel like a big deal -- not to mention the iconic red star logo displayed proudly on the gold helmet.
Speaking of the helmet, it also borrows from those of other MCU heroes, with the side harkening back to the helmet worn by the God of Thunder himself in Thor: Ragnarok and the chinstrap evoking memories of pre-Avengers: Infinity War Captain America.
It should be reiterated that this artwork is by no means official, nor is Grassetti affiliated with Marvel Studios. However, after taking a look at his Nova design, the studio couldn't be faulted if it took an interest in Grassetti's work.
With a design that manages to feel both familiar and innovative as far as the MCU is concerned, it's safe to say that if Grassetti's design was used in a live-action Nova appearance, it would be exceptionally well-received.