Avengers: Endgame is out on digital and Blu-ray, giving fans the chance to watch the film more closely after watching it in the theater. With the remote locked by or with the mouse, you can freeze all those frames that contain too much action to be fully captured in theaters. Now that you know what happens in Avengers 4, you can focus on all the little details that Marvel put into the story along the way without worrying about the emotional ride. Just last week we found out that there is a puzzling easter egg in one of the scenes that you couldn’t possibly catch in a theater, as well as a clever one that you might not even see right after freezing the frame. But you know which Easter Eggs we didn’t miss in the Endgame? Nova. Because it’s not there.
Anthony and Joe Russo, the brothers who directed four of Marvel’s most famous films from the Infinity Saga, including the previous two Captain America and the last two Avengers films, have joined Wired to answer many questions from fans about Infinity War and Endgame. The clip is about 13 minutes long and is worth watching as it explains some of the concepts used in Infinity War and the Endgame, with particular emphasis on the latter.
Right near the end of the clip, Russos fields a question from a fan who asks that Nova is fighting Thanos in that epic finale. This is why when the pair troll fans extensively, everyone advises to “Look at that scene closely again, and you’ll see Richard Rider in the shot.” After all, Howard the duck was seen coming out of a portal, so why wouldn’t Nova even be there? He would have a score to settle with Thanos.
The internet exploded as a result, but it was quickly discovered that it was not the super-exciting Endgame Easter Egg that everyone was hoping for. Instead, Russos were all trolling us, as they have done many times in the past. The directors have since confirmed to ComicBook that there is no Nova Easter Egg in the Endgame. “It was a joke on our part,” he said.
This does not mean Nova will always be left out of the MCU in the future, and once that happens, they can also explain what he was up to in the Endgame at the time of that epic battle. We can find out that he was involved in this, but it all happened offscreen. For the time being, the official answer from two of the most successful Marvel directors is obvious. There is no Nova in the Endgame, and that should settle the matter.
It is unclear when Nova will be introduced to the MCU, although Kevin Feige spoke last year that Nova was part of the earliest draft of Guardians of the Galaxy. But considering what we know about the Marvel Phase 4 of the MCU, Nova’s meeting is still several years away at a minimum, allowing the Marvel character has to go additional with it. Wired’s Q&A session with Russos follows below.
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