In a surprising (but wonderful) move, James Gunn announced that he would be returning to both write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Gunn just loves working with Marvel and he especially loves these characters, and in a post on Facebook, he made it clear just how excited he was to continue this relationship. It's truly awesome news, especially once you realize how rare it is for a director -- especially in the MCU -- to stick with it for an entire trilogy. In the Facebook post, Gunn offered a little tease as to what fans can expect from the Guardians of the Galaxy and Marvel over the next 10 years:

Much of what's happened in the MCU for the past ten or so years has been leading, in a big way, to the Avengers' Infinity War. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will happen after all that. It will conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond.

Much like how the roster of the Avengers is set to change for the next few years, it seems that we can expect the exact same thing from the Guardians of the Galaxy. Phase 4 may say farewell to Star-Lord, Gamora and Drax, and introduce new cosmic characters into the fold. It sounds like these characters will be big players in a post-Avengers 4 MCU, so we've assembled a list of the cosmic Marvel heroes who we think are the most likely candidates. The cosmic side of Marvel is huge and largely untapped, but these are just nine of the heroes Marvel could do lots of fun things with.

Nova Marvel Comics

Nova

This name should be more than familiar to Marvel fans by now. Though the Nova Corps have already been established, the MCU has yet to introduce the singular character of Nova. Best described as a space cop imbued with flight, strength, durability and energy projection, Nova has been a premiere player in the cosmic sector of Marvel Comics, having taken part in some of their most notable events (The Annihilation series, The Thanos Imperative) . A few characters have held the title of Nova, such as the classic Richard Rider and the more current teenaged Sam Alexander (seen above), both of whom would be good picks for the live-action version. Nova's inclusion in the MCU is a matter of when, not if, and there's a number of directions Marvel and James Gunn could take with the character.

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