Here’s how Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 could set up Marvel’s next deep-space hero

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - DAVID BE­TAN­COURT Wash­ing­ton Post

Adam War­lock is set up to be the next foe head­ing into the third “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie, af­ter he was name-dropped in a post-credit scene in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”

But if in­ter­ga­lac­tic cards are played right, it could be another clas­sic Marvel Comics char­ac­ter that could lead Marvel Stu­dios to their next deep space fran­chise.

It’s time to start think­ing about Marvel space ad­ven­tures with­out the Guardians of the Galaxy — and Nova could be the per­fect char­ac­ter to keep the space jams on­go­ing.

The magic num­ber is typ­i­cally three when it comes to Marvel Stu­dios movie fran­chises. Not that those fran­chises don’t have the pop­u­lar­ity to merit a fourth film, but usu­ally at that point, Marvel Stu­dios is on to their next “phase” and in­tro­duc­ing new char­ac­ters.

The Nova Corp., made up of Marvel’s outer-space cops, al­ready played a ma­jor role in the first “Guardians” movie. Af­ter be­ing briefly men­tioned in “Vol. 2,” a third “Guardians” movie with the team up against Adam War­lock could give the Guardians a rea­son to once again reach out to the Nova Corp — in­clud­ing the Nova, who could as­sist the Guardians against a foe that will be much more pow­er­ful than their team.

The box-of­fice re­wards of the 2014 and 2017 “Guardians” films proves that Marvel’s deep space is pop­u­lar. Now, Nova could be the X-fac­tor in “Guardians Vol. 3” while also be­ing a cool-enough char­ac­ter to pos­si­bly merit his own movie fran­chise. He could also be a po­ten­tial new Avenger on a ros­ter that will no doubt be go­ing through some changes af­ter “In­fin­ity War,” de­but­ing in 2018.

The only is­sue would be which Nova to in­tro­duce: the clas­sic Richard Rider who fought along­side the New War­riors in their ’90s Marvel comic, or Sam Alexan­der, the cur­rently teenage Nova who stars in his own se­ries, as well as in Marvel’s “Cham­pi­ons” se­ries fea­tur­ing other teen heroes. Or both No­vas could be in play. Nova prob­a­bly didn’t ap­pear in “Guardians Vol. 2”for the same rea­son that Adam War­lock didn’t: There were al­ready too many new char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing Man­tis, Ego and more Rav­agers.

If a Nova movie is hard to imag­ine, just re­mem­ber: Marvel Stu­dios has made not one but two movies star­ring a tree and a rac­coon. At this point, any of their char­ac­ters could get the movie treatment. Nova, with his high-tech alien tech­nol­ogy hel­met and abil­ity to fly through the uni­verse at blaz­ing speeds, should be at the top of that po­ten­tial list.

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Nova could be the per­fect char­ac­ter to keep the space jams on­go­ing at Marvel.

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