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– by Anthony Esteves

With Avengers: Infinity War just days away, the creative minds at Marvel Studios are already focusing on the future. One of those future projects stated to be coming soon is the cosmic character Nova. At a special press event for the highly-anticipated superhero sequel, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige answered questions from Comicbook.com regarding the rumored adaptation. 

“Nova is… if we have a big board with a bunch of names of characters that have more ‘immediate potential’, Nova is on that board” Feige said. “Because of the connection to the Guardians universe, because there are more than one example 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.”

With the next Guardians film not slated for release until 2020, the discussions can begin on whether the character Nova will appear in that film or the fourth Avengers film before acquiring his own solo story. 

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In the comics, Rhomann Dey, the last surviving member of the planet Xandar’s Nova Corps, in his final moments, chooses New York high school student Richard Rider to replace him. With his new powers and selecting the name “Nova”, Rider chooses to become a superhero. Eventually, Rider makes his way to Xandar and joins the battle against the Skrulls. Nova, who’s comic debut was in September of 1976, was created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist John Buscema.

At the event, when asked about determining which future characters will come up and whether they will be on the big screen or small screen, Feige continued, “We’re figuring those things out. It is a very unique embarrassment of riches right now because there are so many of the characters that audiences are clamoring to see. The question is how do we show them all.”

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters Friday, April 27.

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