Some Marvel Cosmic fans are saying that Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is their last best hope.
For whatever reason, Marvel Comics went with a Disney-fied version of Nova, killing off Richard Rider for Spider-Man-In-Space Sam Alexander.
Current issues of the new Nova are actually selling less than the 2007 run that sprang from the 2005/6 Marvel Cosmic event Annihilation.
Written by Keith Giffen and edited by Andy Schmidt, the pair took the "B" Marvel Comics character Richard Rider and developed him into a highly successful and experienced hero in Annihilation.
DnA (Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning) penned the Annihilation: Nova mini and then the 2007 ongoing.
The Giffen and DnA take on Rider has been described as one of the best as it's a blend of superhero and science-fiction action, something the Marvel Cosmic fans crave.
With news of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, one fan in particular asked director James Gunn if he was familiar with Giffen's Annihilation and DnA's Nova.
"The Richard Rider Nova fans are really hoping you're familiar with the wonderful work Giffen did with the character in the Annihilation mini-series," CBN's Timelord remarked. "And the wonderful work Abnett and Lanning did with the character in their Nova series."
Gunn responded through his FormSpring account with a simple, "Of course I am."
Many Marvel Cosmic fans are hoping to see Richard Rider Nova featured in the movie as it's rumored that Glenn Close and John C. Reilly are playing members of the Nova Corps. It's also recently been made known from a leaked Guardians of the Galaxy movie call sheet that Xandar will be featured as well.