At one point in time during development of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the popular cosmic Marvel character Richard Rider, a.k.a. Nova, was slated to appear in the film. Further drafts of the script however saw him being jettisoned, with only a few pieces of concept art from earlier this year giving us an idea of what might have been.
Answering a recent question posted to his Facebook page, filmmaker James Gunn has sadly revealed that Nova will not be making an appearance in the upcoming ‘Guardians’ sequel either:
“I don’t want Nova right now because I think Quill being the only earthling is important. That serves the entire moviegoing audience and not just the handful of Nova fans. Sorry if that upsets you. I have nothing against Nova in future movies, but it doesn’t serve the movie right this moment.”
One character whom he is keen on getting back though is Nebula (Karen Gillan). Gunn tells Yahoo: “To me, she’s the Boba Fett of the movie. She’s the one that you really dig because she’s the cool one that we need to get more of. I hope to god that we get a chance to see a lot more of Nebula [in future ‘Guardians’ films].”