Nova Is Officially Coming to the MCU, Moon Knight Writer Attached
Richard Rider/Nova is officially on his way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
According to Deadline, Marvel Studios is working on a project that brings Nova to the MCU. At this time, it's not known whether the project will be a film or a series on Disney+. However, Moon Knight writer Sabir Pirzada is attached to write the project.
Created by Marv Wolfman and John Buscema, Rider first appeared in 1976's Nova #1 and is generally considered Marvel's take on Green Lantern. As a teenager, Rider inherits the powers of Nova Corps. member Rhomann Dey following a battle that devastated the planet Xandar. As Nova, Rider boasts a number of standard superhuman abilities such as enhanced strength and speed. He's also able to fly and channel the Nova Force into energy blasts. Over the years, Rider has played a key role in a number of major Marvel events and worked with such teams as the Guardians of the Galaxy.
There's long been speculation about when Rider would make his MCU debut, especially considering the introduction of Dey in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy, where he's played by John C. Reilly, and Thanos' attack on Xandar prior to the events of 2018's Avengers: Infinity War.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, for his part, confirmed last year that the company had plans for Nova, though he did not explain what those might be. Rumors from last year also claimed Marvel Studios was working on films centered on Nova and the Thunderbolts, as well as a sequel to 2021's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. While a Nova project has been confirmed, that does not necessarily prove these rumors are accurate, and it's possible the hero will receive a Disney+ series rather than a film.
Pirzada wrote the third and fourth episodes of Moon Knight, which focuses on mercenary Marc Spector (Oscar Isaac). Spector, who has Dissociative Identity Disorder, finds himself embroiled in a mystery revolving around the Egpytian gods and up against villainous cult leader Arthur Harrow (Ethan Hawke). Outside of Moon Knight, Pirzada has writing credits on Roswell, New Mexico and Person of Interest.
No release or casting information for Marvel Studios' upcoming Nova project is available at this time. Moon Knight premieres March 30 on Disney+.