A ‘Nova’ Project Is In Early Development Confirms Marvel Exec

Since MCU Phase 1 there have been rumors that a Nova movie was in the works. They really kicked into overdrive with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy and the debut of the Nova Corps, of which Nova aka Rich Rider is the most prominent member. After such a long wait, Marvel Studios finally appears to be ready to show Nova some love.

According to Marvel exec Brad Winderbaum in a conversation with Comicbook.com about X-Men ’97, a Nova project is in the earliest stages of development. Brad also revealed a different approach that Marvel Studios is taking, keeping with the “less is more” policy announced by Disney CEO Bob Iger…

“We love Nova. We are in really early development on Nova,” Winderbaum said. “We have a new system behind the scenes at Marvel Studios. We’re more like a traditional studio now. We’re developing more than we actually will produce. There are plans to develop Nova. I love Nova, too. I love Rich Rider, too. I hope it gets to the screen. The world is always chaos. There’s always things. You gotta conjure these things to make them happen, but I would love to see a Nova show one day.”

So what does all of this mean? Well, Marvel probably won’t be announcing slews of projects that haven’t begun production and might not ever happen. That’s begun to bite them in the ass of late. Anybody enjoy that Blade film that hasn’t happened in five years and isn’t close to being ready?

What Marvel Studios is doing now is indeed more traditional. A number of projects will be developed in-house, and when they are deemed ready to go, they’ll enter production and we’ll probably then start getting announcements.

As for Nova, this is a long time coming. Always a fan-favorite, he’s usually portrayed as a comedy character but can get serious when the universe is in peril. He has been a part of a few superteams, most notably the New Warriors who once had a TV show pilot filmed that never went to air. A younger version of Nova, Sam Alexander, is also out there and could eventually be part of the MCU. Maybe a Young Avenger?


Travis Hopson
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