Now that we have full confirmation that a sequel to the insanely popular Guardians of the Galaxy is on the books, along with a dozen or so other projects running into the 2020’s, fans are getting antsy for a few scraps of info, just to get them through the difficult Christmas season. One of the big topics of discussion currently surrounding the uber-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Hardly Guardin’ (my own title suggestion), is whether or not we’re likely to see the Marvel character Nova rear his pointy-helmeted head.
For those of you who don’t know who Nova is because you have better things to do with your time (and more power to you), just think of him as the Marvel Universe’s Green Lantern. If you don’t know who Green Lantern is, or you don’t care, just give the following paragraph a miss.
So the story goes that the final surviving member of the Nova corps decided that he wanted to be succeeded by a high school student from New York named Richard Rider. So Rider gets the uniform and a few few super powers thrown in for god measure and he starts fighting crime on earth. Eventually he discovers the spaceship of his predecessor orbiting earth and he uses it to travel to Xandar, the home planet of the Nova corps, to fight in the war against the Skrulls – an alien race that, along with the Kree (Guardians) and the Chitauri (Avengers), we are hopefully going to see more of in the coming Marvel epics.
We got a decent look at Xandar and the Nova Corps in Guardians along with a few other Nova corps members lifted right from the comic books, but sadly no Nova. Will we be seeing him in the new Guardians adventure? Short answer, not. Long answer, probably not.
Gunn has been reported as saying that he doesn’t want to overcomplicate the Guardians story with too many lone-wolf earth heroes. He explains his reasons more thoroughly in his Facebook post on the subject of connected universes and the possibility of Nova:
“I don’t want Nova right now because I think Quill being the only earthling is important. That serves the entire movie going audience and not just the handful of Nova fans… I have nothing against Nova in future movies, but it doesn’t serve the movie right this moment.”
Gunn also explains in a previous post that he wants the sequel to be about “getting to know the characters on a deeper level, knowing them more intimately and uncovering facets of those characters that make them more real to us”.
This is a fair statement. I’m sure we can all think of a good few sequels that misguidedly focus on cramming in more and more characters to appease die hard fans instead of working with the characters they already have and going somewhere deeper and, hopefully, more exciting with them. When you consider the number of X-men movies that have characters who don’t even talk or influence the plot a great deal (I’m looking at you, Toad in Days of Future Past), you can kind of understand why Gunn wants to go in a different direction.
Of course, none of this is set in stone, but I wouldn’t hold your breath under that home-made Nova helmet of yours.