ASSEMBLING AVENGERS #9: Nova

by Ryan Rigley

It’s no secret that Marvel plans on addressing the cosmic aspect of their Cinematic Universe in the coming years. With “Guardians of the Galaxy” set to release in 2014 and potentially a Thanos-centric “Avengers” sequel in 2015, Marvel Studios clearly has its sights set on the stars. But there’s one star in specific whose appearance has yet to be confirmed: Richard Rider, better known as Nova.

Created in 1976, Nova is one of Marvel’s most cosmically powerful superheroes. He’s been a member of several superheroic teams including the likes of the Secret Avengers, the New Warriors, the Defenders, and has played a crucial role in both the “Infinity Gauntlet” and “Thanos Imperative” story arcs. So what are the chances that Nova will be making an appearance in the “Avengers” sequel? Click past the jump to find out!

Who?
Formerly a student at Harry S. Truman High School in Hempstead, New York, Richard Rider is endowed with the Nova Force after a dying alien, named Rhomann Dey, randomly selects Rider to succeed him as Nova Prime. Gaining the powers and uniform of the Nova Centurions of planet Xandar, Rider quickly assimilates to life as a costumed superhero; calling himself Nova and fighting alongside the likes of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.

But when he discovers Rhomann Dey’s abandoned space ship in orbit around Earth, Nova finally learns of the planet from which his powers originate and the intergalactic peacekeeping force (Nova Corps) of which he is destined to lead. Nova then travels to Xandar and helps the planet’s greatest champions in defeating the Skrull empire, proving himself as the savior that the galaxy so desperately needs.

Why?
As we mentioned earlier, Nova plays a crucial part in both the “Infinity Gauntlet” and “Thanos Imperative” story arcs of the Marvel comic book universe. Not to mention the fact that Nova has the potential to be one of the most powerful members of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. During the “Annihilation” story arc, Nova is greatly enhanced by the Xandarian Worldmind (the streaming consciousness of every single Xandarian both living and dead) as well as the Nova Force in its entirety (which was formerly divided amongst the rest of the Nova Corps). With these additional assets, Nova is virtually indestructible and possesses a seemingly infinite amount of cosmic energy which should prove to be a challenge for even the likes of Thanos.

How?
With the rumors of Thanos making an appearance in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” we’re thinking that there’s a good chance that the film could be heavily inspired by “The Thanos Imperative” storyline. This, of course, provides the perfect means of introducing Nova into the Marvel Cinematic Universe as either a member or ally of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Plus, the fact that “Guardians of the Galaxy” comes out a whole year before “The Avengers 2” gives Marvel more than enough time to write Nova into Earth’s Mightiest sequel.

In Assembling Avengers, we’re picking a new Marvel Comics superhero every week and arguing why they deserve a spot on the roster for Earth’s mightiest sequel. Let us know which heroes you want to see in the next “Avengers” in the comments or on Twitter!

Previous Assembling Avengers Candidates:
» Spider-Woman
» Iron Fist
» Ms. Marvel
» The Vision
» Black Panther
» Ant-Man
» Silver Surfer
» Doctor Strange