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Quote1 So, an alien comes here, randomly picks of all the people on the Earth??! It picks me...juices me up with all of this. And nary a word of explanation?? No instruction manual as to what I can actually do??! I MEAN WHAT THE @#$%? Quote2
Rick Jones[src]


Little is actually known about Rick's past before he became Nova and ultimately Captain Marvel, though it is known that he lived on Earth in Queens, New York and once had a dog until it was ran over by his neighbor, May Parker.[citation needed] A few days before the Ultimatum event in which New York City was entirely flooded, Rick was chosen by a cosmic entity called the Watcher to save Earth from destruction. Upon being chosen, the power was too much for Rick and he passed out.[citation needed]


Six months after Ultimatum, Rick woke up in a hospital from a coma that was induced by the surge of energy given to him by the Watchers. Rick's mother thought her son was a mutant, and confided in her neighbor, May Parker. May instructed her nephew Peter (Spider-Man), and his super-powered friends Bobby, and Johnny to talk to Rick in their superhero garb. When they confronted Rick, he was startled and accidentally used his newfound powers to teleport himself and Spider-Man to a restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Getting even more scared, Rick stated that he wanted to go home, at which point he teleported them back to New York. When Bobby told Rick it was okay to be a mutant, Rick exclaimed that he wasn't a mutant and that he was given his powers by a "floating eye". At this point, Johnny recalled over a half a year prior when he and the former Fantastic Four were investigating the appearance of the Watchers. He then told Rick that he must be the herald the Watchers chose.[3]

Richard Jones (Earth-1610) from Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 2 7 001

As Nova

Upon learning this, Rick was too upset and reluctant to accept the Watchers' mysterious role and wanted to travel to Project Pegasus to demand the Watcher, who was previously kept there, of relinquishing his powers. Despite Johnny Storm's protest, Rick teleported everyone to Project Pegasus and discovered it be attacked and trespassed by the Serpent Squad. Rick and his allies fought the Serpent Squad, in which Rick successfully controls his powers in defeating the Squad. After returning back to New York, Rick realized that he actually enjoys having superpowers and chooses to take the superhero alias Nova. Rick decided to go on a self-discovering journey to understand what his role is for the world after bidding goodbye to his family.[2]


Rick was sent to warn Earth by the Watcher about the destruction. Rick soon locked in combat with Captain Marvel but upon hearing that Rick was under the service of the Watcher Captain Marvel ceased attacking him and began to talk. Captain Marvel then transformed into a monster and started to attack Rick. Rick then teleported with the Captain Marvel monster to the Baxter Building where Susan Storm, Johnny Storm, Benjamin Grimm, and Nick Fury were. But Rick accidentally created a portal transporting him and Susan into the ruins of Project Pegasus to find Reed Richards behind the mayhem. They soon engaged battle with Reed. Rick destroyed Reed's vortex and teleported him and Susan to the Triskelion. Upon informing the team that Reed was the one behind the attacks, they discovered he was in the N-Zone. Rick picked up Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, and Doctor Octopus by accident and then teleported to the N-Zone. He was part of the battle in the N-Zone but teleported away with other heroes before the battle was over.

Encountering Galactus[]

Norrin Radd (Earth-1610) and Richard Jones (Earth-1610) from Hunger Vol 1 2 001

Rick as Nova being rescued from Galactus' swarm by Silver Surfer

After spending months exploring space, Rick attempted to return to Earth to indulge in his love for fast food burgers. However, his plans were interrupted by the Watcher, who teleported Nova to accompany him in at first witnessing the ongoing war between the Chitauri and Kree species. At that moment a rift in the fabric of space and time brought a being from another universe, which called itself Galactus.[4]

Nova tried to defend a Chitauri-occupied planet from Galactus. He started to be overpowered by Galactus' swarm, but the Silver Surfer rescued him. When the Kree destroyed a star in hopes to annihilate Galactus, Nova and the Surfer returned Earth to escape their deaths.

They accidentally brought part of the Galactus swarm with them,[5] but managed to destroy it with the help of Captain Mahr Vell. Overwhelmed by his experience, Rick decided he wanted to return to his normal life, and teleported to Queens. He walked down the neighborhood and found himself with the house of Peter Parker turned into a memorial of his death at the hands of the Green Goblin. Rick met Mary Jane Watson, who told him about Peter's death and accidentally motivated Rick him to return to his heroic duty.

Richard Jones (Earth-1610) from Hunger Vol 1 3 003

Rick becomes Captain Marvel

Nova teleported to Hala, the next planet Galactus was attacking. Captain Mahr Vell was fatally wounded by Galactus, and with his last breath told Rick to use his armor to activate a powerful weapon to destroy Gah Lak Tus once and for all.[6] Rick wore the suit and became the new Captain Marvel. With his augmented powers, Rick defended the Kree arks for evacuation. Rick as Captain Marvel proceeded to transport himself and Galactus away, and activated the armor's weapon which would kill the cosmic entity.

Rick's attack blew a "hole between universes" and brought him into a space between universes.[1][7] The attack also successfully separated the Gah Lak Tus swarm from Galactus and left latter severely weakened. The Watcher, who was taken with Captain Marvel outside of the universe, informed Rick that Galactus was now headed toward Earth, but that it was no longer Rick's problem to deal with.[1] Rick instead found that he was trapped inside the dimensional limbo space, forced to battle the remains of the Gah Lak Tus swarm.[8]

While battling the remainder of the Gah Lak Tus swarm, Rick encountered the X-Men who were accidentally transported into the same dimensional space by a combination of mutant powers. Captain Marvel and the X-Men battled the swarm together, culminating in a romantic moment between Rick and the mutant Rouge who was able to absorb his powers. After a series of intense battles with Gah Lak Tus, Rick distracted the swarm long enough for the group of mutants to teleport back to their home universe, leaving Rick behind.[9]

Returning Home[]

Some time later after continued battle with the swarm, Rick happened upon a group of heroes he had been acquainted with in the past, now calling themselves the Future Foundation, when they were accidentally teleported to his space between universes.[10] While stuck together, one the group's members, Iron Man, devised a way to combine the technology they brought with Rick's teleportation powers, and was able to teleport the entire group including Rick back to Earth in their home universe.[7] Rick hung around with the members of the Future Foundation for a while, and ultimately helped many others protect the Future Foundation member Sue Storm and her newborn when Sue gave birth.[11]



  • Teleportation: Rick can teleport himself and multiple others across galactic distances and even into other dimensions, using an electric-based energy (possibly manipulated). Rick can teleport somewhere based solely on need, for example when he needed super-powered help his teleportation took him to the Baxter Building.[12] Theoretically, to teleport to any place he just needs to visualize it.[7] His teleportation can involve him simply disappearing and reappearing elsewhere or through the creation of portals that he can also direct to open behind an enemy by 'throwing' them.[13]
  • Remote Teleportation: Rick can teleport others, without teleporting himself, whether he is in contact with them or not.[2]
  • Flight: Rick is capable of self sustained flight, both on planet and through space.[4]
  • Superhuman Durability Rick is difficult to injure and his abilities sustain him to the point that he does not need to eat as well as being able to survive and speak in the vacuum of space.[4] He was also unhurt by Rogue's touch.[14]
  • Energy Projection: Rick is capable of projecting powerful blasts of energy both through his hands as well as omnidirectional, these blasts were shown to be powerful enough to harm Galactus after he had merged with the Gah Lak Tus swarm.[4][6]
  • Cosmic Awareness: Rick is capable of expanding his senses to enable him to detect powerful energies and breaks in space-time that would otherwise require the use of advanced technology to detect. This ability can be focused by the Watcher.[15]
  • Self-Sustenance: Rick can survive in space[4] and while he still gets hungry he doesn't need to eat or drink anymore.[8]



  • Kree Battle Suit: The suit is capable of increasing his powers and carrying many onboard weapons systems and abilities.[1]
    • Superhuman Strength: The suit enhances Rick's strength, soon after donning it for the first time he noticed that he had gotten stronger.[1]
    • Interstellar Flight: The suit allows Rick to fly faster than he could under his own power.[1]
    • Gah Lak Tus Killer: The suit contains a powerful energy weapon that was able to greatly injure Galactus and cause him to retreat.[1]


Teleportation and Flight

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