With the appearance of the Nova Corps in Guardians of the Galaxy, fans of Nova got excited at the possibility of Richard Rider eventually appearing in the sequel, particularly because the movie already introduced Rhomman Dey, the man who will eventually recruit Rider into the corps. However, Marvel chief Kevin Feige has recently clarified that Nova will not be appearing in the sequel. Note that Feige’s words does not completely rule out Nova appearing in the big screen, just that Guardians of the Galaxy 2 isn’t the right time to introduce the character.
“I don’t want Nova right now because I think Quill being the only earthling is important,” says Gunn. “That serves the entire movie-going audience and not just the handful of Nova fans. Sorry if that upsets you.”
“I have nothing against Nova in future movies, but it doesn’t serve the movie right this moment.” Feige adds.