Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Won’t Include Nova’s Big-Screen Debut, James Gunn Says

December 2, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Guardians of the Galaxy sequel will not feature Nova, the film’s director, James Gunn, has said.

Nova, a Marvel Comics cosmic hero, has not yet appeared in a Marvel film, and there were rumors that he might appear in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

But Gunn, posting on Facebook, wrote: “I don’t want Nova right now because I think [Peter] Quill being the only earthling is important.”

“That serves the entire movie going audience and not just the handful of Nova fans… I have nothing against Nova in future movies, but it doesn’t serve the movie right this moment,” he added, per Digital Spy.

Gunn also expressed his displeasure for “shared universes” in feature films.

“In short, I think this new business model is flawed,” he said in another Facebook post.

He continued: “I think filmmakers and studios should be prepared for the big picture, but never, ever let it get in the way of making a single great film. Be a little more experimental and see what works as opposed to trying to force success. And mostly, remember that we as an industry exist to serve the audiences, to communicate with them – they have a voice in what we create as well. We are not here to dictate what they want to see, mostly because that’s simply not possible.”

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will come out in 2017.

And Nova (Richard Rider), who is a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Nova Corps, first appeared in his own comic book series in September 1976. The character was first created by Marv Wolfman and Len Wein in 1966.