As we get closer to the worldwide release of Avengers: Infinity War, there is a new rumor that has surfaced as Brandon Davis of Comicbook was able to have the opportunity to sit down with Marvel President Kevin Feige during the Infinity War US press junket in Los Angeles. During the interview, Feige revealed that the space superhero, Nova, could be getting closer to making his big screen debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe during phase 4.
“Nova is… if we have a big board with a bunch of characters that have more immediate potential, Nova is on that board. Because of the connection to the Guardians universe, because there are more than one examples to pull from in the comics that are interesting. And you’re absolutely right, he was in the earliest drafts of the [Guardians of the Galaxy].”
It would make sense that Nova would finally join the MCU, considering that Phase 4 is about to explore stories and events that occur beyond Earth in the Cosmic Universe. For those who don’t know who Nova is, here’s a brief description.
In the comics, there are two different people who assume the superhero identity, Richard Rider and Sam Alexander. They both are members of the Nova Corps, an intergalactic police force, as we have seen in Guardians of the Galaxy. They have superhuman abilities like enhanced strength and durability, flight, speed, can absorb energy coming towards them and release it at their threats, and lastly, they have the ability to resist injury.
Feige did not give a timeline when Nova will be making his debut in the MCU. We could very well see Nova make his appearance as a supporting character first. That could determine whether Nova is a strong enough character to have his own film if he is received well by the audiences.
It is still unknown which character that Marvel will go with, but Rider would have the advantage as he is a popular character and more well known, compared to Alexander. I wouldn’t rule out another scenario where Marvel follows the Ant-Man formula and have Rider play the mentor role to Alexander. Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym, who in the comics is the original Ant-Man, for Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang.
Feige also revealed that it will take some time when asked if there will another Infinity War type of ensemble coming in the near future.
It’ll vary movie by movie. You can’t do that every two years. You’re fooling yourself. You’re fooling yourself, but I love that our most recent movie was almost as self-contained as anything we’ve ever done in Black Panther and it was successful beyond our wildest dreams. It all just depends on the story.”
Feige also says there are certain factors that come into play when it comes to the characters that they will choose respectively for the big screen and the small screen.
“It varies. It’s the internal group of us at Marvel Studios and then, of course, conversations with Alan Horn, the chairman of the studio, and it varies. It varies in terms of characters who audiences like and want to see more of, which is how you get to Ragnarok, or characters that we know are great and have wonderful supporting characters and literal worlds that we can tap into like Panther and Wakanda. So, it always varies. Now, we’re at a point where there are a lot of both.”
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