– by Nick Doll

Following Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going cosmic! James Gunn, director of both Guardians of the Galaxy films is kicking off this more cosmic phase of the MCU with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and in doing so, has become involved in mapping out the general direction of the entire MCU for the next ten to twenty years. Based on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, we know a few of the characters to expect beyond the stars, specially the new team of older “Guardians” led by Stakar (Sylvester Stallone) and Adam Warlock. But what other space based heroes from the comics will we see make their way to the big screen?

One popular character that has been sought after by fans is Nova, not to be confused with the Nova Corps – though they are related! Gunn was asked today in a live Facebook Q&A if there are any plans to use the character Nova in the cosmic phase of the MCU. His response:

“Yes, definitely. Nova comes up occasionally as someone we might use. One of the things I’m doing with creating Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – that will take place after the next two Avengers movies – and it will help to setup the next 10-20 years of Marvel movies. It’s going to really expand the cosmic universe. We’re going to be setting up new characters. It will be the last movie of this version of Guardians of the Galaxy.”

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For those of you wondering the difference between the Nova Corps on Xandar, that we saw in Guardians of the Galaxy, and the character Nova, the two are related. In the comics, the original Nova, Richard Rider, is the sole survivor of the Nova Corps after Xandar’s destruction. In the comic Annihilation, not only is Rider the sole survivor of the Nova Corps, but he also carries with him the Xandarian Worldmind and the entire Nova Force, which greatly enhance his powers past that of any typical Nova operative. Though the Nova Corps we saw in Guardians of the Galaxy seemed to be no more than an intergalactic police force,  in the comics they are super-powered protectors of the galaxy and Rider becomes stronger than any single Nova after melding with the Worldmind and harnessing the Nova Force. You know, typical comics stuff.

Nova is certainly a no-brainer for the MCU; both a popular character in the comics and one that would not take much set-up, due to the appearance of the Nova Corps previously.

Would you like to see Nova aka Richard Rider in the MCU? What other cosmic characters would you like to see post Avengers 4? Let us know in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: James Gunn (via Screen Rant)