Guardians of the Galaxy: James Gunn explains why this cult character is absent from Marvel films

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In a recent interview, director James Gunn explained why this iconic character from Marvel comics is absent from the two Guardians of the Galaxy films. The filmmaker therefore returned to the absence of this cult hero, who will nevertheless be very soon introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

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Guardians of the Galaxy: two cult MCU films

In 2014, James Gunn marked MCU fans. It is indeed loaded; to stage Guardians of the Galaxy. À at the time, it was arguably Marvel Studios' most ambitious filmbecause the general public does not know (or little) the Guardians of the Galaxy. The filmmaker is therefore obliged to to deal with a very infamous team. But it is also this lack of popularity. which allows James Gunn to have a freedom creative higher than via other productions of the firm.

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Thus, the filmmaker brings together Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and Groot to through a fun, uninhibited and hilarious adventure. The film met with critical acclaim unprecedented in MCU history and grossed over $773 million in box office revenue(for a budget of 170 million). Facing this triumph, the firm produced a sequel. In 2017, James Gunn is back behind the camera for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Severe; still the work is a success and brings in more than 863 million dollars in box office receipts.

< h2>The absence of an emblematic character

James Gunn even takes advantage of the second volume to integrate new characters. Mantis and Nebula notably join this dysfunctional team. Yet there is one iconic character from the Guardians of the Galaxy universe in the comics who hasn't been seen. introduced in the movies. We are obviously talking about Richard Rider, better known as Nova. The latter, the emblematic hero of La Maison des Idées, was notably member of the Guardians of the Galaxy for a short time. During an intervention in the podcast Phase Zero, James Gunn explained; why Richard Rider doesn't appear in his two Guardians of the Galaxy movies. And obviously, it's simply for an artistic reason:

“I never had Richard Rider in anything. He's just too big of a character and he seemed too powerful…From the start, when I came on board the Guardians, I I didn't want to have two human beings. I wanted to have only one human being so that he could be surrounded by this world full of aliens. And then we realized little by little, that all these characters are one of a kind, he's the only human being for them, you know?”

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In the comics, Richard Rider, a teenager from New York, is named; to become the last surviving member of Xandar's Nova Corps. À the death of Rhomann Dey, he becomes the Nova Centurion, a hero to the inordinate power, which contains within it the memory, the strength, the energy and the legacy of all the Nova Corps and more broadly of all the planet Xandar. If, in Guardians of the Galaxy, the characters interact with the Nova Corps (notably embodied by Glenn Close and John C. Reilly), Richard Rider is nowhere to be found. At the beginning of Avengers: Infinity War, we discover that Thanos blasted Xandar to dust to retrieve the Stone of Power. Which suggests that the Mad Titan Genocide will lead to the creation of Nova in the MCU.

Created ;é in 1976 by Marv Wolfman and John Buscema, Nova is a cult character and indeed extremely powerful (almost as strong as Captain Marvel). He draws his powers from the Nova Force, an alien energy which grants him superhuman strength, heightened reflexes, the ability to to fly and fire deadly bursts of energy. Finally, it is helped and protected by the Worldmind, a conscious computer that serves as a memory for the planet Xandar, and who can sometimes take control of Richard. For some time now, Sam Alexander has become the new Nova. Nova will soon be the hero of its own series, in development on Disney+.