"Nova... the guy who put the "War" in New Warriors."
—Nova's prematch quote
Nova is a hero from Marvel comics who has been a member the New Warriors, United Front, Nova Corps and Secret Avengers, as well as currently becoming well-known associate with the prime universe Guardians of the Galaxy. He is introduced to the series in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and makes a return as a playable character in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.
Richard Rider was born in Hempstead, New York. As a teenager, he was chosen at random by the alien Rhomann Dey, last surviving Centurion of the planet Xandar's elite Nova Corps, to inherit his power and succeed him in the rank of Nova Prime following the destruction of his world by the intergalactic pirate, Zorr.
Having been mortally wounded in the battle that tore Xandar apart, Dey succeeded in tracking Zorr to Earth but was unable to exact vengeance due to the extent of his injuries. At death's door, Dey had little choice but to transfer his power to an unsuspecting human on the planet below, praying whoever he found will take up his cause and prove worthy ...