Marvel's Nova Receives Discouraging Update With Major Changes

Marvel’s Phase 5 is commencing this Friday with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, but early reviews don’t look promising, and with the previous Phase 4 underperforming last time, this ongoing part has to live up to expectations, so as of the moment, the priority of the studio is to curate content that will speak quality over quantity. With that, some sacrifices have to be made, including delayed production and major changes in their projects, which include Nova.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nova will be a limited series on Disney+ instead of a full-length film. The report also revealed that the show is currently in slow development due to the new MCU Phase 5 show release plan. "And shows in development, such as Nova, are now on a slower path," said the report.

With Daredevil: Born Again and Agatha: Coven of Chaos filming over the next few months, along with Echo and Ironheart already filmed, Nova is the one to suffer the delay because Disney is in no need of another series any time soon, given also the fact that they are suffering from production budget issues.

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Nova is expected to introduce the cosmic superhero Richard Rider into the MCU. Richard was chosen at random to be a member of the Nova Corps until the Annihilation Wave destroyed them all, leaving him imbued with their combined power and guided by the super-intelligent Worldmind computer as Nova.

Nova is supposed to debut this year with a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. But James Gunn explained at the Phase Zero podcast on November 22 that despite Nova being an iconic hero, he was much too big of a character to include in a film that was going for a much different look and feels. In addition, Gunn didn't want to have too many humans in the film.

“He’s just too big of a character, and he seemed too… I didn’t want to… From the beginning, when I came on board Guardians, I didn’t want to have two human beings,” Gunn said. “I wanted to have one human being so that he could be surrounded in this world of aliens, and then we realized little by little that all of these characters are the only of their kind; they’re the only human being to them, you know?”

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Nova has yet to receive its release date.

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