Friday Trending Topics: Rooting For Groot

A really hope this isn’t true:  According to Latino Review, who are on top form with Marvel bits and pieces tonight, the current focus in Guardians pre-production is on the characters of Star-Lord, Gamora and Drax The Destroyer. They seem to be implying, if only lightly, that this means Rocket Raccoon and Groot will have less up-front roles in the film.

 

(At right, the original Jack Kirby/Dick Ayers art for the splash page of Tales to Astonish #13, the first appearance of Groot)

Most-Read Comic Stories Today:

After Fifteen Years, Peter David Announces Hell On Earth

From the NYCC X-Men, Peter Davis announced a new story, Hell On Earth War starting in X-Factor 250, that will see all the different big devils of the Marvel Universe going to war on the birth of the seven billionth human…

Okay Then, Let’s See Some More Marvel Art…

A mix of X-Men and Marvel Now art that wasn’t in the Marvel Preview earlier.

The Last Thing Professor X Hears On The Day He Dies

Comic legend Neal Adams gave more details about his upcoming X-men project, titled “The First X-Men,’ during Thursday’s Neal Adams panel at the 2012 New York Comic Con. Adams, an artist who saved the original X-Men title from the precipice of cancellation, and joked that it was his hobby to save books from such a fate, will be using the new story as a way to fill in the gaps in the X-Men’s early continuity.

Most-Read TV/Film Stories Today:

Ridley Scott Dishes On Blade Runner Sequel, Super-Spoils First Film 

And, in fact, both of the most interesting nuggets are to do with proposed sequels: the next Prometheus, and the next Blade Runner. Scott seems pretty confident that both will be coming along, sooner or later, and he continues to drop clues as to how he’s conceiving them.

Rocket Raccoon And Groot To Take A Backseat For Guardians Of The Galaxy Movie? 

They seem to be implying, if only lightly, that this means Rocket Raccoon and Groot will have less up-front roles in the film.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Tipped For Captain America 2, Some Big Guys Also In The Mix 

This is one half of a split Marvel rumour report. You may also wish to also check the other half.

Most-Discussed In The Forum Today:

Dan Slott Reveals That Spider-Man And Mary Jane Will Get Back Together – But Peter Parker Is NOT Spider-Man (UPDATE)

He again says people haven’t ordered enough Amazing Spider-Man #698.

The End Of “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man” Dan Slott

Yesterday, Dan Slott gave a Marvel-arranged interview with USA Today to talk about his new comic, Superior Spider-Man, relaunching and replacing Amazing Spider-Man for the MARVEL NOW!

NYCC: DC Announces Jim Lee And Scott Snyder’s Man Of Steel For The 75th Anniversary Of Superman

Live from the DC New 52 Superman panel…

 

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A Renegade Stands Against The United – Preview For Unity #13

Final Fantasy XV Gets A Ludicrous And Beautiful New Story Trailer

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GI Joe Artist Robert Atkins To Draw America’s Army

Now You Can Shoot Fireballs From Your Wrists

Previews Of Valiant Next – And How Hard The Covers Will Be To Find

Rendel – The First Finnish Superhero Movie

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“Pretty Much Everyone Hates It” – The Marvel Experience In Scottsdale, Arizona

Saying Goodbye To Middle Earth

Mad Magazine’s Jack Davis Not Retiring After All

Holiday Greetings From The Babadook