Sources close to MCU Cosmic are reporting today that Marvel Studios is already making serious headway on a standalone Nova movie.
We should clarify that this is the same source that confirmed Katherine Langford’s role in Avengers: Endgame long before Joe and Anthony Russo’s cinematic masterclass hit theaters, so we’re inclined to believe MCU Cosmic when they say that Nova’s big debut is already on the cards.
Granted, there’s no further details on how far along this project really is, nor whether the character will first appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, before being spun out into his own separate story. Be that as it may, as MCU chief Kevin Feige told ComicBook.com earlier this year, Nova has been waiting in the wings for a long time, and his story is deeply connected to the Guardians brand of the MCU.
Nova is… if we have a big board with a bunch of characters that have more immediate potential, Nova is on that board. 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].
Now that he’s been reinstated on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the onus is on James Gunn to properly introduce Nova to the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe. Or so says Endgame co-director Joe Russo:
I think that exists more in the Guardians universe. That would have to be a James Gunn thing. But again, we just had too many characters on our plate. And you can’t introduce somebody who doesn’t have their own movie like [Captain] Marvel. You can’t just throw them into the final chapter of a book.
Closer to home, Marvel Studios still has Spider-Man: Far From Home waiting in the wings before MCU Phase 3 is done and dusted. And after that? Black Widow and the sequel to Doctor Strange, before Nova is eventually drafted into the studio’s grand, post-Endgame universe. And how exciting is that?
Source: MCU Cosmic