James Gunn says Nova will not appear in Guardians 2

James Gunn has been discussing plans for his sequel to Guardians Of The Galaxy, and has responded to speculation over the potential inclusion of Nova, another hero from the comic-book series.

The character is an Earth man named Richard Rider who is recruited into the Nova Corps by Rhomann Dey, but according to Gunn, will not be showing up in the movie series any time soon…

"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."

However, Gunn did soften his stance somewhat by continuing to say, "I have nothing against Nova in future movies, but it doesn’t serve the movie right this moment."

Gunn seems keen to maintain the ingredients that made the first film such a smash, which looks like a sensible approach to us… Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 will open in the US on 5 May 2017, and the UK on 28 July 2017.

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