The GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY NOVA That Almost Was?

Guardians of the Galaxy Nova concept art
Nova concept art from Guardians of the Galaxy: The Art of the Movie
Credit: Marvel Studios
Nova concept art from Guardians of the Galaxy: The Art of the Movie
Nova concept art from Guardians of the Galaxy: The Art of the Movie
Credit: Marvel Studios

Over the weekend, CinemaBlend posted what's reportedly some leaked concept art sourced from the upcoming book Guardians of the Galaxy: The Art of the Movie featuring some up close shots of helmet and armor designs for Nova, one of Marvel's premiere cosmic heroes.  

The Nova Corps did appear in the blockbuster film, now holding strong in its second week of release, albeit without the cosmic powers and more familiar armor of the comics.  Fans have long speculated, and rumors have long held that Richard Rider, the best known hero to carry the Nova mantle, would appear in the film.  These photos seem to lend credence to the idea that he may have, at one time, been in the script, given that they are an almost perfect match to his classic look.

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