There is a large number of Marvel Comics characters which haven’t yet been featured in the MCU, and Nova is prominent among them. The cosmic character, whose identities include Richard Rider or the recent Sam Alexander (child of a different Nova) as well as others, is among the most preferred lineup of Marvel heroes to feature in a solo film. During a recent Avengers: Infinity War related event, Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, talked about the chances of this cosmic hero making a cinematic debut.
“Nova is… if we have a big board with a bunch of characters that have more immediate potential, Nova is on that board,” Feige told ComicBook.com. “Because of the connection to the Guardians universe, because there are more than one examples 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].”
However, he refused to give any further information regarding when we might actually see the character debut in the live-action world. Since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is under works and will release after Avengers 4, it is not ruled out that Nova might make a big screen appearance before being given a solo film.
Feige even hinted at the future of the MCU, in terms of how its titles and character groupings might be. “It’ll vary movie by movie,” he responded to a question about the chances of another Avengers: Infinity War sort of team-up film coming along. “You can’t do that every two years. You’re fooling yourself. You’re fooling yourself, but I love that our most recent movie was almost as self-contained as anything we’ve ever done in Black Panther and it was successful beyond our wildest dreams. It all just depends on the story.”’
Regarding the characters such as Nova or other newbies in the MCU, in terms of films vs. television, Feige, said that the choices depend on various factors. “It varies,” Feige said. “It’s the internal group of us at Marvel Studios and then, of course, conversations with Alan Horn, the chairman of the studio, and it varies. It varies in terms of characters who audiences like and want to see more of, which is how you get to Ragnarok, or characters that we know are great and have wonderful supporting characters and literal worlds that we can tap into like Panther and Wakanda. So, it always varies. Now, we’re at a point where there are a lot of both.”
For the time being, everything is about Avengers: Infinity War and the next move will be decided after that only. “We’re figuring those things out,” Feige said. “It is a very unique embarrassment of riches right now because there are so many of the characters that audiences are clamoring to see more. The question is how do we show them all?”
Avengers: Infinity War comes to theaters near you on this Friday.