As production gets started on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, director James Gunn and Marvel producer Kevin Feige are feverishly bringing things together for the comic book movie studio’s cosmic superhero movie. But in addition to the core cast of characters, it looks like there may be some other Marvel characters putting in an appearance in Guardians.
We can already rule out the Silver Surfer — sadly, the rights to that character are still at Twentieth Century Fox, and they have no current plans to bring him to the silver screen (at least not yet). But the Guardians of the Galaxy film may feature the Nova Corps, an intergalactic police force from the planet Xandar in the Marvel universe.
According to Ain’t It Cool News, Marvel may have plans for the Nova Corps, and specifically its first member, Nova/Richard Rider. Harry Knowles writes:
I was contacted by a source…, telling me that after they had a dinner with a friend that is a confirmed part of [Guardians of the Galaxy]’s production team, that the friend let it slip over the meal that NOVA CORPS were definitely a part of the movie.
Speculation about the Nova Corps joining Guardians of the Galaxy started last year at San Diego Comic-Con when concept art was revealed during Marvel’s panel in Hall H. Some said you could see the Nova Corps’ ships in the background. They’re the star-shaped objects in the background of this concept art:
Now compare that shape to the Nova’s symbol on their helmets and the shape of the spacecraft below:
The Nova Corps is a space militia and exploration team from the planet Xandar. The source of their power is called the Nova Force, which comes from a living computer called the Xandarian Worldmind. The Nova Corps has also crossed paths with many of Marvel’s cosmic beings, such as the Kree and the Skrulls, and they even teamed-up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. We’ll wait and see if they follow suit on the big screen.
Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters everywhere on August 1, 2014 in 3D.