Well, boo on you, James Gunn.
Though Richard Rider Nova in the Marvel Comics helped spearhead the Abnett and Lanning Guardians of the Galaxy comic book that inspired the $750 million movie, James Gunn has just stated a big "no" to using Nova as he doesn't want to mess with his precious Star-Lord.
I agree with what James Gunn wrote, but I'm also going to call him out on serving the audience and not dictating what they want to see. How does not having Richard Rider in Guardians of the Galaxy, because you don't like his helmet serve the Nova fan audience?
Gunn responded by stating :
I don't want Nova right now because I think Quill being the only earthling is important. That serves the entire movie going audience and not just the handful of Nova fans. Sorry if that upsets you.
We see Gunn mentions he wants to keep Peter Quill the more relatable character to the fans (even though Quill is not entirely from Earth).
Gunn also seems to think there are only a handful of Nova fans.
Well, there must be less Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot fans as the Guardians of the Galaxy Nova Richard Rider Marvel Infinite action figure outsold all of the Guardians (and Iron Man) figures.
And Rider wasn't even in the movie.
This is also at least the second time that Gunn has mentioned there aren't a lot of Nova fans. As I recall, previous to Disney's blitzkrieg of promotion for the movie, nobody knew about the Guardians of the Galaxy as well. Gunn, you're starting to sound like Alonso, Brevoort, Quesada, Alonso and Loeb.
Well, if Gunn doesn't want to use Nova, that's fine. How about a Richard Rider movie by the likes of Ridley Scott, Matt Reeves, Rian Johnson or Joseph Kosinksi?
Sounds good to me.
Not sure I want a dance off with Richard Rider, anyway.
Update: More from Gunn:
A) Way too late for Rider over Quill, don't you think? B) You write the movies you want to write. I can only write the movies that inspire me. I serve the story and the characters I helped to create for the cinematic universe and my own truth. That is what I'm beholden to. I am not beholden to all the various characters people request that I put in GotG2 - which, for the record, Nova is not anywhere near the most requested.