'Guardians of the Galaxy' to Feature Space Cops Called Nova Corps
Just in case you were thinking that Marvel wasn't going far enough out there by greenlighting a Guardians of the Galaxy film that features a talking raccoon, walking tree, an alien assassin, and a guy named "Star Lord," not to mention the movie being set 95% in space, here comes another announcement that proves that the studio truly is going all out when it comes to James Gunn's film. AICN received a tip from a source who reveals that a group of space police called the Nova Corps will also appear in this movie. They're pretty much like the Marvel Universe's equivalent to the DC Comics Universe's Green Lantern Corps. more below!
For the uninitiated, the Nova Corps first appeared in 1976 and are an intergalactic military force that serves the Marvel Universe. Their power, called the Nova Force, comes from an unlimited energy source found in a living computer (trippy, I know). One of their members, Nova, is a teenage kid from Arizona named Sam Alexander who has the powers of strength, flight, and resistance to injury. He meets the Guardians of the Galaxy, and in the comics, he's ultimately asked to become a part of The Avengers. It makes sense that these intergalactic warriors would be a part of the new movie, but we're still not entirely sure of the extent of the force they're fighting against. Will it be Thanos, or more of his lackeys?
This story is complemented by Geoff Boucher over at EW, who recently interviewed comic gurus Jeph Loeb and Brian Michael Bendis about their new take on the character of Nova in an upcoming comic series. The Sam Alexander character is Loeb's brainchild, and they implied that he'll be a part of the Guardians movie. Also, as Harry Knowles points out at AICN, if you look at the artwork the studio released for the film at Comic-Con, those star-shaped floating ships in the background are Nova Corps ships. Take a look below:
To make things even more interesting, Iron Man himself is also being incorporated into their new Guardians of the Galaxy comic series, which might confirm rumors that have been floating around that suggest we might see Tony Stark don a space suit and join the Guardians in their upcoming cinematic adventure. We'll have to wait until August 1st, 2014 to see how all of this plays out, but I love how Marvel is embracing this new direction and putting everything they have behind it. If nothing else, it should result in one of the most bizarre and fascinating blockbusters we've ever seen. Sound good?