Doubling down on a previous statement he made in 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 director James Gunn confirmed Nova won’t be appearing in the film come May. There’s no need to worry quite yet, Nova fan: Gunn thinks we could end up seeing the character at some point.

“You know, I think Nova is a great character. He may definitely show up at some point in the future,” he said. “It will not be in Guardians 2, but at some point.”

In the Comicsverse, there have been two iterations of the character Nova: the main, older Richard Rider and the teenager Sam Alexander and speculation tying both characters to Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 has been rampant since the film was announced. Most notably, some popular fan theories include having actor Sylvester Stallone either play an older version of Richard Rider or have him portraying Jesse Alexander, father of Sam.

“I don’t want Nova right now because I think Quill being the only earthling is important. That serves the entire movie going audience and not just the handful of Nova fans…,” Gunn reflected. “I have nothing against Nova in future movies, but it doesn’t serve the movie right this moment.”

While we may not get a live-action version of Nova in 2017, much of the groundwork for the character appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already been laid. We’ve seen Xandar, the home planet of the Nova Corps, in length over the course of Guardians of the Galaxy and we’ve even seen a few of the comics-base Nova Corps members such as Garthan Saal and Rhomann Dey.

Gunn’s interview with the Portuguese-language Super Interssante can be seen in its entirety below.

Source: Super Interessante.