With the fourth and fifth phases of the MCU heading our way, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to only get bigger with an abundance of new heroes and villains soon to be introduced. One of those being the intergalactic space boy: Nova. While Kevin Feige first hinted that he will debut at some point in the future, it seems we’ll be seeing him up on the big screen earlier than we previously thought.
According to MCU Cosmic, it’s believed that Nova will appear in Phase 5 of the MCU, alongside Blade, Fantastic Four and The Mutants. The project has reportedly been in development for awhile so its likely he’ll make his MCU debut soon. However, you may be wondering who even is Nova? Well, look no further.
Who Is Nova aka Richard Rider?
Nova aka Richard Rider initially started as a randomly chosen member of the intergalactic police force named Nova Corps in which he receives special powers otherwise known as the ‘Nova Force’. These powers consist of superhuman strength, speed, reflexes, perception, flight, healing and even energy powers. However, the Nova Corps and Xandar were eventually destroyed and Nova absorbed the entire power of the Nova-Force as well as the Xandarian world-mind (the living databases of all Xandarian history, civilisation and people).
How Will It Tie Into The MCU?
Xandar and the Nova Corps have already appeared in the MCU via Guardians of the Galaxy. They were the police force that were hunting down the Guardians and eventually came to their aid in an attempt to prevent Ronan from destroying Xandar. However, as mentioned in Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos decimated Xandar in order to receive the power stone, this could be how Nova is first introduced into the MCU and gains the entire powers of the Nova-Force and Xandarian WorldMind. It would be an interesting way to introduce Richard Rider and see more of the destruction Thanos delivered pre-Endgame.
Nova being introduced in Phase 5 is not yet officially confirmed but it’s very likely. He may even first be introduced through a separate TV series or film before his own film is revealed, we’ll just have to wait and see.
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