John C. Reilly is Confirmed as the Leader of The Nova Corp. in Guardians of the Galaxy

Rhomann DeyFunnyman John C. Reilly is indeed co-starring in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” as Rhomann Dey, but instead of his Dey being the intergalactic version of Agent Coulson as previously believed, this Dey will instead be the leader of the film’s Nova Corp., the Marvel Universe’s version of D.C.’s Green Lantern Corp.

What? You don’t know who Dey is? For shame! Here’s Marvel’s official fictional bio on ol Rhomann:

Rhomann Dey was the leader of the Nova Corps of Xandar and one of its few survivors. When the Warlord Zorr attacked Xandar, he devastated it and killed many Xandarians including Dey’s wife and child. Dey hunted Zorr and battled him.

However, Zorr was too powerful for Dey and mortally wounded him. Dey flew to Earth ahead of Zorr and chose randomly Richard Rider as the new Nova transferring his power to him. Dey linked minds with Rider and explained to him the new powers he has received as well as the threat of Zorr on his planet.

At first, Rider thought the encounter was a dream, but soon discovered his powers and accepted his role as Nova. While out testing them for the first time he ran into Zorr who was on a rampage in New York City. Nova decided to fulfill the one who gave him his powers dying wish and defeat Zorr. During the battle, Zorr was teleported away by Dey himself. Dey killed Zorr before he himself died, ready to join his family and friends in the afterlife.

So this will either mean Nova is also joining the cast of “Guardians of the Galaxy”, or it’s a clear indication that “Guardians” will pave the way for a Nova stand-alone movie. I actually hope it’s the latter. A movie called “Guardians of the Galaxy” should just be about, you know, the Guardians of the Galaxy, but maybe that’s just me.

Starring Chris Pratt, Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Dave Bautista and Michael Rooker, “Guardians” protect the universe in 2014.

Nova Comic Book Cover

Via : Deadline