Disney Plus’ Nova Paves Way For Avengers-Sized Cosmic Film

Written By Kieran Bugg

Disney Plus’ Nova TV series opens the door to an Avengers-sized crossover epic. Specifically, it’s the beginning of Annihilation.

Since the release of Guardians of the Galaxy back in 2014, fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Nova. Many of Marvel’s cosmic characters have made their way into the MCU with more on the way like Adam Warlock.

But so far the hero that fans have been asking for most, Nova, has been a no-show. However, Avengers: Infinity War set up Nova’s introduction. Thanos supposedly wiped out the Nova Corps prior to Avengers: Infinity War.

Deadline confirmed that Marvel Studios is developing Nova for the MCU. Insiders reveal that it isn’t a film; rather, Nova will have a Disney Plus series.

In addition, Marvel Studios hired Moon Knight scribe Sabir Pirzada to write Nova.

Disney Plus’ Nova Paves Way For Avengers-Sized Cosmic Film

Geekosity Editor-in-Chief Mikey Sutton scooped Nova on the Pete’s Basement YouTube channel in 2020. On March 23, Sutton wrote that Nova is “likely” Marvel Studios’ “Untitled Space Project.”

In other words, for Geekosity readers, this is actually old news. Nevertheless, Deadline‘s report confirms Sutton’s original leak.

Still, it’s exciting to know that we’re finally going to see this fan favorite superhero in the MCU.

Writer Marv Wolfman and artist John Romita Sr. co-created Nova in 1976. He debuted in The Man Called Nova No. 1.

Many considered Nova to be a B-list character throughout much of his existence. However, his popularity rose through the decades. But 2006’s Annihilation story arc elevated Nova’s status. Annihilation was a huge crossover event involving several cosmic heroes and villains.

Annihilation consisted of six individual stories four of which starred certain characters which brought them all together against supervillain Annihilus.

Annihilus, the dreaded ruler of the Negative Zone, planned to invade the positive matter universe hoping to expand his empire. Major players from Annihilation included the Silver Surfer, Galactus, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Thanos, Talos, Super-Skrull and, of course, Nova.

Furthermore, Nova got his own miniseries in the six-part story.

Disney Plus’ Nova Paves Way For Avengers-Sized Cosmic Film

Disney Plus' Nova Paves Way For Avengers-Sized Cosmic Film

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More interestingly what happens in Annihilation actually shares significant similarities with the events of Avengers: Infinity War.

In particular, the decimation of Xandar and the subsequent destruction of the entire Nova Corps. Richard Rider was the only surviving member of the Nova Corps which will undoubtedly be the same case in the MCU.

Unlike Nova, Marvel Studios is planning on Annihilation as a movie. However, it won’t be an Avengers film. Certainly, some Avengers such as Captain Marvel will appear in it. Nevertheless, Marvel Studios will focus on their cosmic warriors. Sutton initially revealed the Annihilation movie in 2020.

Loki teased Annihilation last June.

All of the pieces are coming together; it’s just a matter of time until we see the full picture. I discussed Annihilation on Scoopcenter with Syl Abdul.