Thursday, October 22, 2015

All-New, All-Different Marvel: Nova Corps Idea

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As I mentioned in my article this morning, part of the “All-New, All-Different Marvel and the MCU” series, while thinking about Nova I came up with what I think is a really cool idea for both the Nova Corps and the character of Nova (both Richard Rider and Sam Alexander).  Be warned, though: it’s wild!

As we all know, the Nova Corps in Guardians of the Galaxy looked vastly different from the Nova Corps we know from the comics.  In the comics, the Nova Corps has vast powers of flight, energy manipulation, and the like.  In the movie, they are glorified space cops.  And for us to get a Nova character similar to the one in the comics, that needs to change.  Here is how it would happen:

This idea involves at least 2 movie tie-ins in addition to a TV series of at least 4 seasons, with potential for a third movie at the end.  Please read all the way to the end before dismissing it completely, even if it is a complete long shot.

We start with Nova Corps (to distinguish it from the PBS series) in 2016-2017, a TV series focusing on a couple of the characters we met in Guardians of the Galaxy, specifically John C. Reilly’s Rhomann Dey (and before you say that this would never happen because he’s a movie actor, it wouldn’t be the first time a movie actor agreed to a long-term TV role—or the first time John C. Reilly himself did—and it would only be for a single season).  This season would have something of a buddy-cop comedy feel to it as Dey and his partner investigate crimes around Xandar and the Nova Empire.  However, during the season we would also see Xandarian scientists approach Nova Prime with a proposal to increase the capabilities of the Nova Corps’ remaining officers in response to the Corps’ catastrophic losses against Ronin.  Specifically, this plan would involve experimenting with the Infinity Stone which the Guardians left in their possession, the Orb (Power Stone).  Over the first half of the season, the scientists would succeed in unlocking the ability to tap into the residual energy of the universe left over from the Celestials (or something else sciencey-sounding), and work the mechanism for this into the Nova Corps’ helmets.  In so doing, Nova Corps officers would then be able to use the “Nova Force,” which gives them their various abilities.  Consequently, the second half of the season would also see Dey and the other Nova Corps members learning to understand and control their abilities and put them to use.

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Near the end of the season, as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 approaches, the series would begin to shift in anticipation, setting up some of the major events of that movie.  During the movie, the Nova Corps would suffer further losses (on- or off-screen), to the point where there are less than a handful of Nova officers.

Following the movie, Romann Dey would be one of maybe a half-dozen Nova officers remaining and would lead the survivors in a battle for Xandar.  After their defeat, however, Dey would be left as the only survivor. He escapes in a Nova Corps ship and heads for Earth/Terra, believing Earth to be far enough away to be outside the enemy’s awareness.  He is followed to Earth by the enemy, and defeats the enemy in the season finale, though he is mortally wounded in the battle.  Knowing he’s about to die, he gives his helmet to a teenager, Richard Rider, telling him that he is now the last surviving member of the Nova Corps.

Nova Corps season 2 (2017-2018) would focus on Richard Rider’s efforts to learn how to control the Nova Force while also learning more about the Nova Corps and Xandar.  Along the way he would encounter various young (and old) heroes from around the Marvel Universe, all while fighting super-powered villains to protect his family, friends, and city.  Following Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 in May, 2018 Richard would be left as one of the few remaining free heroes to fight against the forces of Thanos (along with other street-level heroes such as the Defenders, Secret Warriors, and the like).  This would lead to a confrontation between him and some of Thanos’ forces in the climactic season finale, during which he would defeat Thanos’ forces and resolve to fight back against Thanos, no matter the danger.

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Nova Corps season 3 (2018-2019) would see Richard Rider team up with a group of other young heroes from the first season (Ms. Marvel, Cloak and Dagger, Darkhawk, and a couple Inhumans, for example) to form the New Warriors, a team which is part of an underground superhuman resistance against Thanos, along with the Defenders and Secret Warriors (setting up the arcs for all the TV series airing between the two parts of Infinity War).  The focus for the season would be on the New Warriors’ struggle to win key victories over Thanos’ lieutenants on Earth while attempting to rescue imprisoned heroes.  Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 will have a major crossover with everything in the MCU, and Nova Corps would be no different, as the New Warriors could appear briefly in the climactic battle.  Even if they didn’t, the season finale would still show the New Warriors and Secret Warriors (crossover episode) cleaning up by defeating the big bad of the season, the leader of all Thanos’ forces on Earth.  Following this victory, Rider would decide that it is time for him to assume his place as leader of the Nova Corps by returning to Xandar and rebuilding the Nova Corps.  Before leaving for Xandar with the Guardians of the Galaxy, however, he would appoint a new Nova for Earth, Sam Alexander, and give him the Nova Corps helmet entrusted to the Guardians by Sam’s father after the destruction of the Nova Corps.

The fourth (and perhaps final) season of Nova Corps would spend time with both Richard Rider’s efforts to rebuild the Nova Corps and Sam Alexander’s struggle to master his powers.  Some or all of the New Warriors could return to help Sam work to rebuild the Earth after the devastation caused by Thanos.  One interesting subplot may be Sam learning about his father, the first Terran Nova Officer, who was killed with the rest of the Nova Corps in the first season of the series. 

Following the TV series, one of the announced movie dates in 2020 (or an unannounced one in 2021) could offer a big-screen opportunity for one or the other of the two Novas—or perhaps even a team-up with both of them and featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Following the movie Marvel can decide if they want to continue either of the Novas on TV or if they want to reserve them exclusively for the movies.

So what do you think of this idea?  It would be pretty wild to have a TV series that ties in that closely with the movies—even more than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has so far.  I think this would be a great way to expand on the Nova Corps and build off of what we already know about them.  And at the end of the day the Nova Corps would have many of those same abilities they have in the comics, which would be a definite bonus, particularly when Thanos comes to call.

Do you think this would work?  Is it something you would want to see?  Let me know in the comments!

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