The Marvel Cinematic Universe Finally Introduces a Long-Awaited Cosmic Hero

Although 2011 Thor introduced cosmic elements to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time, this corner of the superhero franchise opened up completely with the release of guardians of the galaxy in 2014. Cut to today, characters like the Skrulls and Eternals have expanded the cosmic side of the MCU in a big way, and now a long-awaited space superhero from Marvel Comics lore finally jumps into the mix. Get ready for the live-action debut of Richard Rider, aka Nova, one of James Gunn’s favorite Marvel characters.

Word came from Deadline which Marvel Studios tapped moon knight the writer Sabir Pirzada to a Nova project. Writer Justin Kroll also clarified Twitter this Nova will be made available to people with a Disney+ subscription, though it’s still unclear whether it’s being envisioned as a movie or a limited series for the Mouse House streaming platform. In addition to co-writing three of moon knightPirzada also worked on person of interest and Roswell, New Mexico.

Richard Rider is one of two humans to have held the role of Nova in Marvel Comics mythology, the other being Sam Alexander. Introduced in 1976, Richard became Nova when Rhomann Dey, the last surviving member of the Nova Corps from the planet Xandar, chose the young man to replace him with his dying breaths. Richard inherited Dey’s Nova Centurion helmet and uniform, as well as the Nova Source, the energy that grants Corps members abilities such as flight, super strength, and energy projection and absorption. energy. While the majority of Nova’s adventures take place elsewhere in the Marvel Cosmos, he’s also seen plenty of action on Earth, including as a member of the New Warriors.

For readers who don’t dive deep into Marvel Comics, but do watch the MCU movies, the Nova Corps should ring a bell. The organization appeared in guardians of the galaxy, with Glenn Close’s Nova Irani Rael, aka Nova Prime, leading the way, along with John C. Reilly and Peter Serafinowicz playing Corpsmen Rhomann Dey and Denarian Garthan Saal respectively. We learned in Avengers: Infinity War that Thanos ravaged Xandar on his mission to obtain the Power Stone, which had been locked away in a Nova Corps vault. The Nova Corps was wiped out in the process, but the MCU version of Richard Rider will somehow keep his legacy alive.

Although Deadline’s report specifically mentions Richard Rider for this Nova project, we also shouldn’t rule out the possibility that Sam Alexander could show up as well. A bit like what the Green Lantern Corps the DC Extended Universe reboot would be underway with Hal Jordan and John Stewart, perhaps Nova could see a seasoned Richard train Sam as his successor Nova. With Hawk Eye showing Clint Barton and Kate Bishop teaming up, and the next Thor: Love and Thunder depicting Jane Foster transforming into The Mighty Thor and fighting alongside Chris Hemsworth‘s Thor Odinson, this might be cool for Nova follow in their footsteps and have Richard and Sam join forces while each holding the same coat.

CinemaBlend will send all major updates regarding Novaimpactful development. As of now, the next MCU Disney+ series on the docket is moon knightthe premiere of which will take place on Wednesday March 30, followed by Ms. Marvel in June. The theatrical side of the MCU resumes on May 6 with the release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessand other upcoming Marvel movies include Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Wonders and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

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