The first movie introduced a lot of unknown characters to the Marvel universe, but one fan-favorite from the Guardians of the Galaxy comics could have to wait awhile before joining the team.
Writer/director James Gunn spoke with MovieWeb on Wednesday about some ideas that they have for the sequel, but dispelled any rumors about Nova joining the group for the movie.
"I don't want Nova right now because I think Quill being the only earthling is important. That serves the entire moviegoing audience and not just the handful of Nova fans," he said.
"Sorry if that upsets you. ... I have nothing against Nova in future movies, but it doesn't serve the movie right this moment."
This comment makes more sense than previous ones that the director made that seemed like he hated the character. It seems logical to focus on Star-Lord since he is the key figure within the team and with the plot possibly centering around the identity of his father, it would be confusing to have more humans added to the line-up.
According to the site, in the Marvel comics, Richard Rider was a New York teenager who was chosen by Rhomann Dey, played by John C. Reilly, to inherit his power after the destruction of Xandar. They added that this could mean the inclusion of the character could come in one of the two-part third Avengers movies as Xandar could come under fire from Thanos as he looks for the infinity stone that is housed there.
This would make more sense and allow Gunn to work on the characters he has already introduced and allow Nova to come later on and play a key role.