Directors Anthony and Joe Russo confirmed they secretly introduced Richard Rider aka Nova during the final battle of Avengers: Endgame. The Marvel Cinematic Universe had its biggest event ever earlier this year. The remaining heroes from Avengers: Infinity War‘s ending traveled through time to collect the Infinity Stones and reverse the Decimation that Thanos brought. The result was almost every hero the MCU has introduced over the last eleven years standing and fighting side by side in the ruins of Avengers HQ.

Fans have long clamored for the introduction of Richard Rider in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As it turns out, he showed up as Nova to fight Thanos with the rest of the heroes. “Look closely at that scene again and you will see. You will see Richard Rider in the background of the shot. Easter egg,” Joe Russo said in a video with Wired (seen below).

Joe convincingly delivers this line, but its the manner in which it was revealed that makes this feel like one of the Russos’ latest examples of trolling fans. They know that fans will quickly latch on to new information about Avengers: Endgame and have not shied away from having fun with that. Whether it was their cryptic teases from the set, trolling fans over the title reveal, or manipulating footage to throw fans off the scent of the film’s real plot, this appears to be another example of them fooling everyone. If it isn’t though, then no fan has spotted Nova to this point.

In the comics, Nova is a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Nova Corps who has crossed paths with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, and Thor. 

If you spot Nova in the final battle of Avengers: Endgame, let us know in the comment section. Avengers: Endgame is available now on digital downloads and blu-ray.

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