MCU Phase 5 Is Delivering On Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Original Hero Plan

The MCU’s Phase 5 has the potential to dive into many unexplored sides of the Marvel universe on the big screen, but it could also pay off an original Guardians of the Galaxy level. The last film in Phase 2 before Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy was the definitive proof that the MCU had grown successful enough to create a live-action adaptation of any character or group from the Marvel comics. Despite dealing with characters that possessed limited popularity from Marvel comics, Guardians of the Galaxy claimed an impressive $ 772 million at the box office and went on to become one of the most important sub-franchises within the MCU.


The success of Guardians of the Galaxy would naturally lead to a sequel in the form of 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The MCU’s most unconventional interstellar heroes went on to make telling contributions to both Avengers: Infinity War spirit Avengers: Endgame in films that marked the Guardians’ first time interacting with the MCU Avengers. The Guardians will return to the big screen in Thor: Love and Thunder in a continuation of Endgame‘s setup, and a third Guardians of the Galaxy film is slated for a 2023 release date.

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While it is now hard to imagine a Guardians of the Galaxy movie without Peter Quill, Marvel’s original plans for the film involved having a version of Nova, the hero member of the Nova Corps, as the main character. According to The Story of Marvel Studiosit was only after writer Nicole Perlman and producer Nate Moore realized that Nova was not Popping off the page successfully that they decided on trying a reinterpretation of Star-Lord as the Guardians’ leader instead. Now, almost ten years after Guardians of the Galaxy was in its pre-production stages, the MCU will pay off Nova’s original role. Although Quill remains the leader of the Guardians, Nova will be brought into the spotlight as a Nova solo project that is currently being developed for Marvel Studios. Not much is known about the project to date, not even if it’s a movie or a show, but Moon Knight writer Sabir Pirzada is confirmed to be attached to the production.

With the Nova project still in its early stages, it is unlikely that the Nova movie or series will be released during MCU’s Phase 4. Instead, Nova could join the universe in Phase 5 and help solidify the cosmic side of the MCU. Although Nova was dropped as the main character in Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn’s film drew heavily on the character’s mythology with the introduction of the Nova Corps. Although it took a long time for a project centered on Richard Rider to be developed, the current status of the MCU perfectly sets up the introduction of Nova. Following the destruction of Xandar by Thanos, as revealed in Infinity Warand the fact the Guardians are heading to their supposed final mission means it’s the perfect time for Richard Rider to be granted his powers.

With no shortage of materials to adapt, the MCU collects many ideas and projects that never come to pass – but now, at least, the original plans for the original Guardians of the Galaxy main character will be paid off. Richard Rider did not have the chance to lead the Guardians, but Nova will now be part of the MCU – although it remains to be seen when and in what form MCU’s Nova solo project will ultimately occur.

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  • Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever / Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
  • The Marvels / Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023

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