James Gunn Confirms Nova Will Not Appear in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Nebula Will Have Bigger Role
With the news that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 would add new members to the superhero team, many Marvel comics fans were hoping that one of those new members would be Richard Rider, aka Nova. But those hopes were dashed when director James Gunn took to his Facebook page and told fans,
"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. Sorry if that upsets you."
He later qualified that Nova didn't fit into the cinematic Guardians of the Galaxy narrative "at this moment," but didn't rule out appearances in the future, which should provide some comfort to Nova fans.
But in more positive news, Gunn also confirmed in a recent interview with Yahoo News that he planned to expand the role of fan favorite Nebula, played by Doctor Who alum Karen Gillan:
"I have so many plans for Nebula. I love Nebula. I fell in love with the design of Nebula. I cast the role around that design. I fell in love with Karen as a person, and I love the character of Nebula… she's the Boba Fett of the movie."
This comes as little surprise, since Gunn had already expressed his desire to include a larger female presence in the next film, not to mention that Nebula is the most significant surviving villain besides Thanos, but it's good news all the same.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be released on May 5, 2017.