Soon after Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was confirmed, people turned their attention to what could be in store for the sequel and what new characters they might be seeing in the sequel. One character who has been getting a lot of mention is Nova – the Earth-born hero – who fights for Xander and the planets Nova Corps and is also a major warrior who fights against the Kree and the Skulls, albeit, in various incarnations. Furthermore there was also talk about Peter Quill‘s father showing up in the second installment.
In a recent interview with Movieweb, James Gunn talks about what impact these characters will have on the sequel – or rather lack there of.
Guardians of the Galaxy featured other members of the Nova Corps showed up, so a lot of people had guessed that Nova would be one of the first of the new characters to debut in the sequel. Furthermore, there is also concept art flying around that reportedly represents designs that were created during the developmental stages of the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Well, to quell all the rumors, here you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth.
In a reply to his Facebook post about connected universes, Gunn also mentions that there are not any plans to introduce Nova in the second installment and further confirmed this in an interview with Movieweb – although not ruling out that he could show up in future installments. Here is Gunn’s comment:
I don’t want Nova right now because I think Quill being the only earthling is important. That serves the entire movie going audience and not just the handful of Nova fans… I have nothing against Nova in future movies, but it doesn’t serve the movie right this moment.
Gunn has stated in numerous interviews that he has established a good working relationship with Marvel henchman Kevin Feige (who is rumoured to be firm with his own visions of the Marvel movies, …and also one of the main reasons Edgar Wright left Ant-Man), we are guessing that due to the success of the first movie, Gun probably has more control now about what we are going to get in the sequel. Gunn has already gave us a glimpse into his mindset and his plans for the sequel and it sounds like he wants to further explore the characters that have already been established in the first film:
I think the main thing with moving on is we can’t just repeat ourselves. We can’t just say “Okay, well let’s start with something sad and shift into something really happy with some music and let’s have the Awesome Mix work in exactly the same way only with songs from the 80s instead of the 70s.” All of those things, that doesn’t interest me. For me the shift is really about getting to know the characters on a deeper level, knowing them more intimately and uncovering facets of those characters that make them more real to us. At the center of what works about Guardians is that people like the characters. … I mean more deeply into the characters themselves and who they are, how they work and how they think. What their flaws are, what their strengths are. They’re a much more flawed group than The Avengers. They have major major issues.
In the Marvel World, Nova was selected by Rhomann Dey (who was dying), to lead the Nova Corps (who were introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy, as seen below played by John C. Reilly and Peter Serafinowicz) to battle intergalactic forces such as the Skrulls and the Kree. He battles on his own; teams up with the New Warriors; and has battled alongside myraid other allies. One of the reasons that so many believed that Nova was going to show up in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was due to the scene when the Collector’s lab was blown up. We seen a casing that was rumored to contain Nova, which was consequently split open due to the incurred damage of the explosion.
Now that Marvel are exploring galaxies in their Phase Three stage, Nova will eventually need to show face as he is an integral part to the larger stories being told in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Gunn has already espoused his dislike for larger cinematic universes, and thinks that The Guardians of the Galaxy could do just fine without The Avengers). However, as stated, some of the stories introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy will be further explored by Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel, so it is not surprising that the question is not whether we will see Nova, but when!
As for Gunn’s plans to further explore the characters that we were introduced to in the first movie – it sounds like a great idea. There were so many characters to introduce in the first movie and obviously Gunn had to balance it all out due to the pacing of the sci-fi action/adventure opus. Therefore, it will be nice to delve into each character’s psyche; their history; and their inner conflicts, as Gunn has previously stated, these are a flawed group of characters – much more flawed than any of the other characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So it makes sense to hone in on these complex facets, and who know what to expect in the 3rd instalment
Guardians of the Galaxy is somewhat of an anomaly in the MCU in the sense that it doesn’t have to tie into what’s happening with The Avengers, and by the sounds of things, it’s Gunn’s shout, and it doesn’t look like he wants to take the Guardians in that direction, although we will need to hear what Feige has to say about that.