The Nova Corps are a major protagonistic faction in the Infinty Saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They appeared as the main antagonistic-turned-protagonisitc faction of Guardians of the Galaxy, a mentioned protagonistic faction in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and a posthomous protagonistic faction in Avengers: Infinity War. They are the main line of defenses of the Nova Empire, and their main military and police forces. They arrested the Guaridians of the Galaxy once, and served as their primary enemies before their redemption, and served as necessary allies during the latter's battle with the fanatical Ronan.
They were created at least 1000 years ago, to serve as the Nova Empire's main defense line. They had their headqurters at the planet of Xandar, the capital of the Nova Empire, and for many years, succeeded in making the planet and the Empire itself, safe and peaceful, arresting criminals and evil-doers and locking them in their prisons, especially, the high-security prison facility, Kyln. The corps are commanded by people with higher ranks, with the highest rank being Nova Prime. At the time of the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, Nova Prime is Irani Rael.
Guardians of the Galaxy
In 2014, Star Blasters from the Nova Corps arrested people who were causing mayhem, them being Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot and Rocket Racoon. They were sent to Kyln, but, with the help of the already arrested, Drax, the Destroyer, they made a plan to scape, and successfully executed it. They got back the orb Nova Corps got from them, that contained a powerful singularity known as the Power Stone, one of the Six Infinity Stones. The sworn enemy of Xandar and the Nova Empire, the kree named Ronan, the Accuser, obtained the orb and set himself in possession of the Power Stone, trying to use it to destroy Xandar, and, eventually, the Empire. With the help of the Ravagers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Nova Corps fought with Ronan, effortlessly tried to prevent Ronan's ship, the Dark Aester, from touching the soil of Xandar, even making the Star Blasters share energy and form a net to create an energy blocket, that prevented the ship from flying for some time, despite sacrificing some Blasters and soldiers in the process. Eventually, the Dark Aester made its way through the blocket and crashed in the planet, but the Guardians of the Galaxy managed to distract Ronan and take the power stone from him, and later using its powers to kill him. The Nova Corps were grateful of the Guardian's actions and presented them with a new spaceship, letting them go away from the, now safe, planet.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 and Infinity War
They were only mentioned once in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, but displayed an important play in Infinity War, even though a posthomous one. In 2018, the Mad Titan, Thanos, in his mission to find the six Infinity Stones, attacked and dizimated Xandar, along with the Nova Corps and its headquarters, presumably killing all of its members, took the power stone for himslef, and then wiped out half of Xandar's population.
- In the comics, the Nova Corp's helmets gave powers like flying, concussion beams emission, and super strenght.
- The three glowing dots in the Corps's seal, is referring to the three suns of Xandar.
- In the comics, the Nova Corps was where the superhero Nova was raised. As it is now destroyed, it is unknown if Nova will ever make an appearence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.