For nearly two years, development of a Nova movie has been rumored as Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, has made no secret of his desire to see it made and James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy director, is an admitted superfan of the character. More recently, Nova is rumored to be in development with claims that phase five of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will focus around the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Blade, and Nova. Created by Marv Wolfman and John Romita, Nova the Human Rocket debuted in 1976 as a teenage New Yorker superhero in the vein of Spider-Man. Following the destruction of the Nova Corps by alien conqueror and warlord Zorr, the surviving leader of the Xandar-based peacekeeping organization in Nova Prime Rhomann Dey sped to Zorr’s next target: Earth. Suffering from fatal wounds inflicted by Zorr, Dey passed on the awesome power of the Nova Force to a random teenager named Richard Rider. Informing Rider of his new powers and warning of the coming of Zorr via a mind link, the youth fought Zorr and defeated him with aid from Dey before his demise. Taking the name Nova, Rider became a superhero combating the likes of the Terrible Trio (Diamondhead, Condor, and Powerhouse), Sphinx, and Nebula (Zorr’s daughter). Becoming a founding member of the New Warriors and one of the most prominent cosmic heroes in the Marvel universe, Nova seems tailor made for the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Who Are The Young Avengers? by Jerry Whitworth
When Avengers: Endgame (2019) introduced an older Cassie Lang (portrayed by Emma Fuhrmann) from the Ant-Man films and brought back Ty Simpkins as Harley Keener from Iron Man 3 (2013) for the movie’s ending, speculation ignited of Marvel Studios tackling Young Avengers. With news of a Disney+ Ms. Marvel series, Kate Bishop being adapted in Hawkeye, what appears to be Wiccan and Speed emerging in WandaVision, Spider-Man seemingly remaining in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the foreseeable future, and Carl Lumbly being cast in The Falcon and Winter Soldier allegedly as Isaiah Bradley, the evidence has only continued to grow toward this conclusion. But, who are the Young Avengers?
Legends of Tomorrow: Where Are The DC Characters? by Jerry Whitworth
When DC’s Legends of Tomorrow debuted on the CW as a quasi-Justice League-lite series about time travel, the show tackled characters like Vandal Savage, Chronos, Manhawks, Ra’s al Ghul, Per Degaton, Jonah Hex, Justice Society of America, Legion of Doom, Captain Nazi, Grodd, and even B’wana Beast. However, with its fourth season, the series departed from being a superhero action/adventure to a much more comical series (which it had gradually moved toward) with a monster-of-the-week formula. Likely, this was in part an attempt to provide a reason for the character of John Constantine to become a cast member. While Batwoman is featuring Alice, Hush, Magpie, John Doe, Rifle, and Nocturna, Supergirl has Lex Luthor, Malefic, League of Ancients, Breathtaker, Rip Roar, and Mr. Mxyzptlk, Flash features Bloodwork, Pariah, Black Hole, Dr. Light, and Mirror Master, and Black Lightning stars the Outsiders, Gravedigger, and the nation of Markovia, Legends has adopted an evil-historical-figure-of-the-week again seemingly in service of Constantine. Even the upcoming Stargirl series has released a trailer with the Justice Society and Injustice Society and Green Arrow & the Canaries, which hasn’t formally been picked up yet, teased the Outsider clans. With little doubt, production of the now canceled Swamp Thing series likely tied the hands of Legends‘ writers in regards to what magic characters it could adapt (just as Stargirl gobbled up the JSA), there’s still a depth of characters the show has chosen to ignore. Lets take a look at them.
Make It So: Disney+ The Invaders by Jerry Whitworth
Recently, NerdfectStrangers.com discussed in “Make It So: Disney+ Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD” the two mystery Marvel Studios television series yet announced for Disney+ with Nick Fury as a candidate for one of them. Noted in the article, these series will likely be used to help generate brands that will branch into the films. With this in mind, another viable candidate could be the Invaders. Created in 1969 by Roy Thomas and Sal Buscema, the Invaders were an Avengers-like team of heroes active during the second World War. The prototype for this group was the All-Winners Squad in post-WWII 1946 which featured Timely’s big three heroes (Captain America, Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner, and the Human Torch), their sidekicks (Bucky Barnes and Toro), and Miss America and the Whizzer (characters likely inspired by Wonder Woman and the Flash, respectively). The Invaders expanded on this roster greatly adding the likes of Union Jack, Blazing Skull, and the Vision. Thomas also created other teams of WWII heroes in the pages of The Invaders in the Liberty Legion which included the Patriot, Red Raven, and Thin Man and the Kid Commandos where Bucky and Toro lead a team of fellow costumed teenagers (prior to the All-Winners Squad, Bucky founded a team of young heroes called the Young Allies in 1941). However, in the time since the creation of the Invaders, a number of legacies of various characters have emerged either placing present day characters in the second World War or their predecessors. With this mind, lets see what a Invaders series for the MCU could mean.
Make It So: Disney+ Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD by Jerry Whitworth
In a recent earnings call with investors, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that in addition to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and Loki which are in various stages of production for streaming service Disney+, seven more Marvel Cinematic Universe series are currently in development. With What If… ?, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk already announced, speculation has emerged what the two yet revealed projects could be. Rumor has it that in order to make the shows ‘must see,’ an effort has been made to make them integral to the next stage of the MCU in the wake of the Infinity Saga. Among these rumors is the multiverse as the new interweaving theme and a desire to set-up the Young Avengers, Thunderbolts, and Kang within the stories of the Disney+ shows. However, the original announcement of the forthcoming shows stated their intended purpose was to tell stories for an ever expanding cast of characters that couldn’t possibly all be given the proper time and attention in the confines of the films. In this spirit, a viable candidate for such a character is Nick Fury.