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Which Superhero Was Cut From Marvel’s ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Lineup?

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Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, is currently making the press rounds in support of the new Marvel cosmic adventure, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’ In the new film, the cinematic version of the Nova Corp. is introduced — basically an interstellar band of police officers that serve as foils to the Guardians of the Galaxy.

In the comics, a man named Richard Rider becomes the Earth-centric superhero Nova, but he’s not a part of the new film. (Unless the as-yet-unseen post-credits scenes have anything to do with Rider.) While speaking to Feige on Monday afternoon, we asked about Richard Rider’s lack of inclusion in the film … and we asked if we would know who’s playing Doctor Strange before the end of Comic Con 2014. [Ed. note: Our full interview with Feige will publish the week of release.]

Was there any thought to introducing Richard Rider in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ or was that just too much?

There were some thoughts to it, yes, back in early drafts in the early development stage. But, there was a fork in the road that we came to at one point in the development process where we decided to eliminate Nova and go full-on with Peter Quill’s story.

By the time I leave Comic-Con, will I know who’s playing Doctor Strange?

It depends who you talk to. [Laughing] It depends how good your sources are. That’s probably all I should say about that.

Mike Ryan is the senior editor of ScreenCrush. You can contact him directly on Twitter.

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