Posted by:
Matt McGloin

Disney's Ultimate Spider-Man Nova Is Not Richard Rider



This April sees the premiere of the new animated Ultimate Spider-Man on Disney XD.

We already knew that Nova was going to play a role as some early footage was leaked.

Now, Marvel has officially released some artwork, along with comments from Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television.

We learn that this Nova will not be Richard Rider, but a teenager with an attitude, Sam Alexander.

"Nova is an enormously popular character,” Loeb stated to “When the decision in publishing was for Rich Rider to sacrifice himself [at the climax of THE THANOS IMPERATIVE] we wanted to respect that.   We all know that there are other members of the Nova Corp and this is the story of one such member --Sam Alexander.”

As fans of the comic book will note, there is also a new younger Nova partaking in Marvel's upcoming mega event, Avengers Vs. X-Men. Is it the same character? Time will tell. Furthermore, Jeph Loeb penned this Nova's first appearance in Point One.

Loeb goes on to compare this version of Nova to Spider-Man. 

“He’s very much like Peter Parker was at the beginning of Spidey’s career--he’s got a lot to prove,” said Loeb. “The difference is that Sam comes with a full blown attitude—which, as we may suspect, might be covering up some insecurities.”

We also learn that Sam will be getting a big push from Marvel, as Loeb states the character will be a breakout star.

“We’re huge Nova fans as well, so rest assured Nova will be front and center with the heavy-duty action.  There’s no task he’s not willing to get into and that bravery--even at personal risk--will put him in harm’s way more often than not. He loves playing the hero, so look for Nova to be the breakout star of the series!”

The costume featured by Sam Alexander in Ultimate Spider-Man was recently released as an extra (DLC) for Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 as well.

Ultimate Spider-Man premiers on Disney XD April 1st, from a creative team that includes Paul Dini, Brian Michael Bendis and Man of Action  (Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle).