One Hero Has "Immediate Potential" for Marvel's "Phase 4," Kevin Feige Says

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe will change forever after Avengers: Infinity War. And if you ask Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, that means totally new characters starring in their own movies. Is the world ready for Marvel’s Nova? Because that is an “immediate potential.”

On Sunday, Feige told Comic Book Resources that Nova is one of “a bunch of characters” Marvel has big plans for. “If we have a big board with a bunch of characters that have more immediate potential, Nova is on that board,” Feige said. He added that the character’s connections with the Guardians of the Galaxy makes Nova a prime contender for his own movie. In fact, Feige said that Nova was in “the earliest drafts” of 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

“Because of the connection to the Guardians universe, because there are more than one examples to pull from in the comics that are interesting,” he said.

In the comics, Nova Richard Rider’s superhero identity. He’s a human teenager from New York City who joins the intergalactic police force known as the Nova Corps (essentially, Marvel’s answer to Green Lantern from DC Comics). Years later, an Arizona teenager named Sam Alexander takes over the mantle after learning his father, Jesse, also served as a Nova Centurion.

In Guardians of the Galaxy, the Nova Corps played a big role in the film as an armada that tried to stop Ronan’s mission from taking the planet. In trying to prove he is, and I quote, “not a dick,” Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) arranged a deal with the Corps to hand them the film’s central plot item, the Power Stone, in exchange for a scrubbed criminal record.

Cover of 'Nova' #1, Vol. 5 by Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines, and Marte Gracia.

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Feige further added that Marvel is in a very enviable spot to create virtually anything and it could hit big. “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,” he told CBR. “The question is, ‘How do we show them all?’”

Well, Feige, why not reveal who else is on that board? Surely the internet will let you know how to do those characters justice. By the way, is Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung Fu, anywhere on the docket?

Avengers: Infinity War will be released on April 27.

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