Kate Leth, Amy Reeder, and Kelly Thompson speak out on several subjects!
Marvel Comics celebrates Women’s History with a roundtable discussion consisting of some of their most talented creators: Kate Leth (PATSY WALKER, A.K.A. HELLCAT!), Amy Reeder (MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR), and Kelly Thompson (HAWKEYE). We wanted speak with these creators not only to know who influenced their work but also to get an idea as to how and where they see women affecting the industry as a whole.
Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game” and that infamous factory of cheese, “The Gong Show,” has died. He was 87.
Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin, who announced the death on behalf of Barris’ family.
Barris made game show history right off the bat, in 1966, with “The Dating Game,” hosted by Jim Lange. The gimmick: a young female questions three males, hidden from her view, to determine which would be the best date. Sometimes the process was switched, with a male questioning three females. But in all cases, the questions were designed by the show’s writers to elicit sexy answers.
Celebrities and future celebrities who appeared as contestants included Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Martin and a pre-“Charlie’s Angels” Farrah Fawcett, introduced as “an accomplished artist and sculptress” with a dream to open her own gallery.
After the show became a hit on both daytime and nighttime TV, the Barris machine accelerated. New products included “The Newlywed Game,” “The Parent Game,” “The Family Game” and even “The Game Game.”
This character in the original version of the film that met a much more sinister demise at the hands of Darth Vader. Continue reading
If your a fan of “The Walking Dead”, then boy do we have a Versus for you! The Walking Dead books and show has taken off like wildfire! I can’t tell you how many people I have talked to about the show. I’ve spoken more about TWD than Star Wars! Women love the show. Men can’t stop talking about it. So why not have a bad guy and girl (and another bad guy) from the books face off? There are some really terrible people in this world and we are having a sale on 3 of the biggest baddass’s! If you haven’t read the books, you might not want to keep reading on as it my spoil some of your reading fun! You’ve been warned! So here we go! Continue reading
Take a first look at the Black Lightning costume as production begins on the DC Comics pilot
The latest DC Comics small screen hero has today made a colorful debut. Black Lightning, starring Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie) in the title role, has officially started production in Atlanta. In the gallery viewer below, you can take a first look at the Black Lightning costume in a piece of art from the upcoming The CW pilot. Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil, Mara Brock and Sarah Schechter are executive producers on Black Lightning, from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Salim Akil is directing the pilot from a script he wrote.
When Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures worked out a deal for Spider-Man to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, none of us really knew what that deal entailed. I thought Marvel would get to play with Spider-Man as much as they wanted to, but that doesn’t sound like that’s the deal that was made. It sounds like Spider-Man could only be a part of the MCU for a limited time.
Spider-Man made his big debut in Captain America: Civil War and is set to get his own film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. After that, he will appear in Avenger: Infinity War, and that will be followed by a second solo film. According to former Sony Pictures head Amy Pascal, after that sequel, Sony Pictures will regain full control of the character. When talking to CosmicBookNews, she explained:
“One of the things that I think is so amazing about this experience is that you don’t have studios deciding to work together to make a film very often. In fact it may never happen again, after we do the sequel. Because Sony, and Disney, and Marvel all decided that the right thing to do was to allow Peter Parker and Spider-Man to be in the MCU and to work with the Marvel guys and have them produce this film.
“I think that was a very rare thing for three companies to do, and a very brilliant thing for them to decide to do because there are only so many stories that you can tell again and again and again about Spidey, and this is something that we would have never been able to do in any other way.”
It sounds to me like after the Spider-Man sequel Sony will have to decide whether or not they want to stay in business with Marvel. That’s obviously not a guarantee. It would be a pretty big bummer to see Spider-Man leave the MCU after we get used to him being a part of it. But as you know, Sony is developing their own cinematic universe that will launch with Venom, and if that does well they’ll probably going to want to include Spider-Man in it. I don’t know why else they would want to yank him out of the MCU.
We’ve still got awhile to go before these decisions need to be made, but I hope that Sony will want to continue this Spider-Man sharing relationship with Marvel.
In 1977, Obi-Wan Kenobi battled Darth Vader aboard the Death Star. At the time audiences had only a partial understanding of the relationship between the Jedi and the Sith, unaware the confrontation was the culmination of decades friendship and betrayal. After crossing blades and words, Obi-Wan took a final look at Luke Skywalker and accepted his fate, falling to Vader’s blade. But what looked like a battle of titans when Star Wars was first released started to resemble the frantic bumbling of two elderly men once fans realized what Jedi and Sith were capable of in the prequel trilogy.
But with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story last year, and now the latest episode of Star Wars Rebels, Lucasfilm is laying the groundwork that could explain why the final encounter between the Master Jedi and his Padawan is so lackluster in hindsight.
WARNING Spoilers for both Rogue One and the “Twin Suns” episode of Star Wars Rebels beyond this point.
Watch the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer
Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have released the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer!. The web-slinger returned to the big screen in Captain America: Civil War and in the earlier trailer, we got a look at the issues inherent in being a superhero in high school and a secret friend of Tony Stark.
A young Peter Parker / Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
Spider-Man: Homecoming also stars Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover and Tyne Daly.
Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming was written by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, Jon Watts & Christopher Ford, and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers. The film is produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, and executive produced by Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Jeremy Latcham, and Stan Lee.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into theaters on July 7, 2017. What do you think of the new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer? What do you think of Tom Holland in the role? How does he compare to Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield? We want to hear your thoughts. Post them in the comments
Marvel’s Inhumans release date set for IMAX
The Inhumans, a race of superhumans with diverse and singularly unique powers, were first introduced in Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965. Since that time, they have grown in prominence and become some of the most popular and iconic characters in the Marvel Universe.
You’ve run out of space again, haven’t you? That’s why you’re here. It’s ok. It happens to us all. Everyone eventually gets sick of hitting the delete button and wants more space. Well the good news is that there’s a solution and we’ve got a list of the very best xbox one external hard drives.
Unlike PS4 hard drives , the Xbox One can’t be easily gutted for the sake of hard drive swapping. Instead, helpfully, Microsoft lets you plug in external drives to store the overflow of games and gaming goodies and there’s plenty to choose from. The Xbox One’s USB 3.0 ports mean you can plug in some pretty fast-moving drives, and you can always buy an enclosure and fill it with a loose drive. If you’re looking for more space, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s check out the best Xbox One external hard drives. Oh, and if you’re looking for more games to fill up your new purchase, check out our best Xbox One games.
1. Toshiba 1TB Canvio Basics
A no-brainer to double your original Xbox One HDD
Capacity: 1TB | Storage Type: HDD
This slimline external drive is both a bit of a bargain and big enough to either double or triple your Xbox One’s storage capacity, depending on your console’s starting point. It will sit unobtrusively next to your Xbox One and deliver a full 1TB of extra game storage across the speedy USB 3.0 interface for a great price.
2. Western Digital 2TB My Passport Ultra
Heaps of storage at a great price
Capacity: 2TB | Storage Type: HDD
Western Digital is probably the biggest name in traditional spinning platter hard drive storage, and its My Passport Ultra is a massive external drive in capacity only. Despite the fact you can get up to 3TB of storage the device itself is pleasingly diminutive and comes in a range of shades. Pro-tip: berry is the cheapest option. The 2TB drive though is probably the best-value version for Xbox One gamers.
3. Samsung SSD T3 500GB
Step up your speeds with a solid state drive
Capacity: 500GB | Storage Type: SSD
So, money’s no object for you, eh? Well, if you want the speediest external storage drive for your shiny Xbox One then Samsung has got the tiny box for you. Because it’s using solid state storage this is the smallest option on the list and also the fastest. It’s been designed so the footprint is about that of a credit card, though obviously a little thicker. And boy is it quick… You can grab the 500GB version for a reasonable price (for an SSD), but if you crave more storage there are seriously expensive 1TB and 2TB versions available.
4. Seagate Expansion 5TB
For when you never want to run out of space
Capacity: 5TB | Storage Type: HDD
If you never want to worry about storage ever again, look no further than Seagate’s 5TB affair. With USB 3.0 it’s up to speed in terms of transfer rates and did we mention that it’s 5TB? It’s not going to win any awards in terms of style (it’s a big box that weighs 948g) and you’ll need to plug it in but it definitely gets the job done in terms of storage. You’re going to end up just downloading Games with Gold because you can.
5. Seagate 1TB SSHD
A speedy budget DIY option if you’re happy to buy a caddy
Capacity: 1TB | Storage Type: SSHD
There are a couple of options if you’re going for a do-it-yourself drive – this Seagate SSHD is a hybrid of traditional spinning platters and solid state storage giving you a large amount of space for a good price with a bit of a speed boost thanks to a small cache of SSD-like storage. You will though need either a USB 3.0 caddy to house it, if you want a neat finish, or a simple USB 3.0 to SATA adapter if you don’t mind the bare hardware aesthetic.
6. Samsung 500GB 850 EVO
The best DIY SSD solution
Capacity: 500GB | Storage Type: SSD
The other option is to go for performance and use an SSD for your external storage. Samsung is the current king of the SSD world and its 850 EVO drive is a great example of the company’s ability to balance performance and price. You are sacrificing capacity for speed – though you can spend more on 1TB or 2TB options – but if game load times are currently getting you down an SSD will help. Remember you’ll also need a USB 3.0 caddy for this one too.
Robert Rodriguez frontrunner to direct Escape From New York remake
Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Machete) is now the frontrunner to direct the upcoming Escape From New York remake, according to TrackingBoard. There is no finished deal yet, but Rodriguez is reportedly interested. John Carpenter, who was the director on the original 1981 film will serve as an executive producer, and The Picture Compay’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce. The script for the Escape From New York remake is from Luthor creator Neil Cross. The story will follow, “Col. Robert “Snake” Plissken during an 11-hour mission to find the villainous heir to an agrochemical and biotech corporation as a major hurricane approaches.”
The Green Ranger is already being teased for the Power Rangers sequel
Although Lionsgate‘s new big screen take on Saban‘s Power Rangers won’t hit theaters until tomorrow, the studio is already teasing a familiar face for the tentative sequel. The below Green Ranger motion poster was just posted to the franchise’s official feed!
On the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series, the Green Ranger was the alternate identity of Tommy Oliver (played by Jason David Frank). Throughout the franchise’s run, Oliver has returned as a number of different rangers, including the White Ranger, the Red Ranger and, most recently, the Black Ranger. While Oliver doesn’t appear in the new film, Green Ranger fans would be wise to stay in their seats during the new movie’s end credits.
Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.
The Power Rangers cast includes Dacre Montgomery (A Few Less Men) as Jason the Red Ranger, RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott (The 33) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Becky G (Empire) as Trini the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Zack the Black Ranger, Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect, The Hunger Games) as the villainous Rita Repulsa, Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live) voicing Alpha 5 and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Godzilla) as Zordon.
Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), Power Rangers is written by John Gatins (Kong: Skull Island, Real Steel), Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Dracula Untold), Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor), and Max Landis (Chronicle). Producers are Power Rangers creator Haim Saban, Brian Casentini, Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner franchise).
Who would you like to see play the Green Ranger? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Check out Felicity Smoak’s new look for Legends of Tomorrow
Arrow‘s Felicity Smoak has a brand-new look for her upcoming cameo on The CW show Legends of Tomorrow. Arrow and Legends executive producer Marc Guggenheim spoke to Deadline about a surprise cameo on the show at the DCTV PaleyFest event last weekend, saying, “[W]e’ve kept it under wraps, but there’s a surprise cameo, surprise crossover moment, in the penultimate episode” (That episode airs on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.)
Wednesday night, Guggenheim tweeted some concept art for the cameo, showing Felicity Smoak, played by Emily Bett Rickards. Felicity will appear in a mask, which you can see in the tweet below, as well as a purple-hooded cape. She’ll be part of the Legends‘ Doomworld event.
According to CBR, Felicity’s costume was designed by Maya Mani and drawn by Andy Poon. These two have created other costumes, including those for Hawkgirl, White Canary, the Atom, Firestorm and Vixen. In the episode, “Doomworld,” the Legion of Doom has assembled the Spear of Destiny, changing reality. Check out the episode synopsis:
DOOMWORLD – After obtaining the Spear of Destiny, the Legion of Doom rewrites reality, leaving the Legends changed, perhaps forever. Frightfully, the Legends’ and the world’s hopes rest with Rory, but being the “hero” is not easy for him. Meanwhile, there is tension within the Legion of Doom and the reason why the Spear of Destiny needs to be destroyed is revealed.
Take a look at the trailer for the episode “Doomworld” below. Are you excited to see Felicity Smoak show up in Legends of Tomorrow? What do you think of her look for the episode? Are you excited for “Doomworld?” Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.
Thanks to Disney CEO Bob Iger, we’ve learned some new details about the Han Solo film that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are currently in production on.
We learn that the film will follow Han from the ages of 18 to 24-years-old. It will follow his adventures of how he acquired the Millennium Falcon and met Chewbacca. Lando obviously plays a big role in Solo’s life. This is what Iger told a group of students at a special USC lecture:
1/6th scale Hot Toys Spider-Man homemade suit for Homecoming
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is officially home in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! The young Peter Parker was introduced in Captain America: Civil War last year and his surprising appearance has made fans hungry for more. This summer, the webslinger will swing back into action, juggling his budding superhero career with frantic high school life in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Today, the 1/6th scale Hot Toys Spider-Man homemade suit collectible figure was revealed.
Expertly crafted based on Tom Holland’s appearance in the movie, the Hot Toys Spider-Man (Homemade Suit Version) collectible figure features a newly-developed Peter Parker head sculpt as well as a masked head sculpt with three sets of interchangeable eyepieces for making a variety of facial expressions. It also comes with a finely-tailored outfit with web-shooters, an assortment of spider-web shooting effect parts, and a specially-designed dynamic figure stand with movie logo.
Special features of the 1/6th scale Spider-Man (Homemade Suit Version) Collectible Figure:
– Authentic and detailed likeness of Peter Parker/Spider-Man from Spider-Man: Homecoming
– One (1) head sculpt with authentic likeness of Tom Holland as Peter Parker in the movie
– One (1) masked head sculpt with three (3) sets of interchangeable eyepieces
– Specialized body with over 30 points of articulation
– Approximately 28.5cm tall
– Eight (8) interchangeable hands in fingerless gloves, including:
– One (1) pair of fists
– One (1) pair of open palms
– One (1) pair of hands for web-shooting
– One (1) left hand for holding spider web
– One (1) right hand for holding the mask
– Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted
– One (1) red zip-up hoodie vest with the Spider-Man symbol printed across the chest
– One (1) light blue sweatshirt with wrist-mounted web-shooters
– One (1) pair of light blue sweatpants
– One (1) pair of red socks
– One (1) pair of red shoes
– One (1) Spider-Man mask (not wearable on figure)
– One (1) open spider web effect accessory
– Five (5) strings of spider web in different shapes and lengths, attachable to the web-shooters
– One (1) specially designed dynamic figure stand with movie logo
– Head Sculpted by Jae-sung, Eom
– 3D Design by Da-hye, Kim
– Painted by JC. Hong
– Head Art Directed by JC. Hong
Release date: Q3 – Q4, 2017
When Disney bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas for $4 billion, we all knew we were in for the long haul of Star Wars movies. Disney’s not going to spend that much money and not make every effort to make as much money as they possibly can from it, and Star Wars is the kind of franchise that could potentially live on throughout many of our lifetimes if handled right.
While speaking at USC’s Marshall School of Business recently, Disney CEO Bob Iger talked about the future of Star Wars after Episode IX is released. As of right now, they are already thinking about films that they could make over the next decade and a half! Iger said:
“We’re just starting to talk about what happens to Star Wars after [Episode] 9. It’s way too early, and certainly, nothing that I can reveal, but we’ve got a creative team actually thinking about what could be another decade and a half of Star Wars stories. It’s kind of mind-blowing to spend an afternoon with a creative team talking about that. Where could you go, where should we go?”
There are so many possibilities I imagine that any movie any fan would ever want to see happen is on the table. Whether or not those films happen or not is a different story, but we know that they are talking about them behind closed doors.
Iger went on to talk about losing Carrie Fisher and confirmed that they will not be changing anything about her character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi to reflect her death. They are leaving what they shot as is. He also says they will not be doing any CG digital work with the character:
“When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films — Episodes VII, VIII and IX,” said Iger. “We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII. We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in VIII. In Rogue One, we had some digital character. We are not doing that with Carrie.”
I’m sure that news will make fans happy. There was an uproar when rumors surfaced that they might bring Leia back in CGI form.
I’m just excited for the future of Star Wars. Lucasfilm has delivered two great films so far, and I can’t wait to see where it goes. It’s weird to think that I’ll probably still be watching new Star Wars films when I’m in my 50s and 60s!
After director Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters reboot crashed and burned, I wasn’t sure if Sony Pictures would still want to move forward with their plans of building up the franchise. According to original Ghostbusters director and producer Ivan Reitman, It doesn’t sound like they’ve given up on it yet. In fact, Reitman is actively developing these films for the studio.
When talking to io9 about a Ghostbusters VR experience they are developing, Reitman opened up about his thoughts on the reboot and where the franchise is headed:
“We certainly would’ve loved to have a larger hit. But considering the last film was almost 30 years ago, it really did extremely well. I think the film cost too much, frankly, and that’s the real issue. I personally had other points of view in terms of where the film should go and it was kind of a continuous conversation with Paul [Feig] about that. But Paul was the filmmaker on this one and he’s a very talented director. I wanted to give him enough room to do the film he thought it should be.”
As far as what they’ve got cooking up for future films in the franchise, Reitman immediately brought up the animated film that was announced back in 2015:
“We jumped into an animated film [after the last movie] and we are developing live-action films. I want to bring all these stories together as a universe that makes sense within itself. Part of my job right now is to do that.”
There’s no information on these new Ghostbusters films or when they will come out, but the producer hopes that the animated movie will be released in 2019-2020. He said:
“It depends on on how fast we can get it all together. It’s hard to make an animated film.”
I actually don’t mind the fact that Reitman and Sony are looking to develop more Ghostbusters movies. I just hope that next time around that actually make a great movie. Hell, they can even bring back all the female Ghostbusters if they want, I just hope they have a better sense of story and character development next time around. And of course, cut back on the silly slapstick comedy antics.
I believe that with the right talent involved there could be another great Ghostbusters film one day. The big question is, will they get the right talent on board when they decide to move forward with these projects.
Michael Shannon frontrunner to play Cable in Deadpool 2
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Deadpool 2 is getting close to casting the much-sought-after role of Cable, and at the top of the studio’s wish list is none other than General Zod himself, Michael Shannon (Man of Steel, Midnight Special). An intense two-time Oscar nominee (Revolutionary Road and last year’s Nocturnal Animals), Shannon is currently the top choice pending scheduling, though Stranger Things actor David Harbour and several others are also on the shortlist. Kyle Chandler was previously rumored for the role but is no longer in contention, and Liam Neeson was also in the rumor mill.
Being able to play a character in both the DC and Marvel world isn’t a new thing, as Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds proved appearing in Marvel’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Blade Trinity and Deadpool, as well as DC’s Green Lantern. Shannon himself has done three DC Comics movies with Man of Steel, a small part in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and in the flop Jonah Hex. He would certainly be a deadly serious foil to the clownish antics of Deadpool.
We recently talked to screenwriter Rhett Reese, who gave us a taste of what the relationship between Cable and the Merc with the Mouth will be in the upcoming sequel. “Ryan plays Deadpool with a hint of femininity, and I think that can be funny opposite a Cable who’s über-masculine,” Reese told us. “That’ll come into casting and performance and the character design and his wardrobe and things like that too. I think we’ll definitely play into that.”
Reese also recently confirmed to Cinema Blend that both an X-Force movie and a Deadpool 3 are being planned as separate follow-ups to Deadpool 2.
“I also think (Deadpool 2) is working in an expansive way towards X-Force, which will really be more of an ensemble. But then that will allow us to do both an X-Force movie and a Deadpool 3, which actually contracts back down… I think we’ll be able to take two paths. One is where we’re launching something bigger, but then another where we’re contracting and staying personal and small. So I think best of all worlds, really.”
Deadpool 2 is set to introduce two key characters from the X-Force world, including Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) as Domino, a luck-manipulating mutant, and Cable, the time-traveling son of the X-Men’s Cyclops. John Wick‘s David Leitch is directing Deadpool 2 from a screenplay by the returning “real heroes here,” screenwriters Reese and Paul Wernick. Reynolds is again serving as a producer on Deadpool 2 alongside X-Men franchise caretakers Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner.
Shannon’s next high-profile gig is one of the leads in Guillermo del Toro’s Civil Rights-era monster movie The Shape of Water, and he will also play George Westinghouse opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s Thomas Edison in The Current War.
Christopher Hastings guides the tiny tree on an interstellar adventure!
Groot has gotten himself lost. Lost and stuck in his baby-sized form. With the other Guardians of the Galaxy nowhere to be found, the tiny Groot must fend for himself in a strange world.
Thankfully, he does not have to do it all on this own. He has writer Christopher Hastings and artist Flaviano in his corner for I AM GROOT, a new series coming this May.
Hastings took a break from his bonsai garden to discuss the series with us.
Marvel.com: As a writer, what is the creative draw of Groot? What challenges does he present?
Christopher Hastings: Well the initial draw is that he is hilarious and adorable. That “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” trailer is filled with amazing stuff I can’t wait to see, but the best part is Rocket trying to get Groot not to blow them all up. I’m really excited to put that little guy in all kinds of bad situations and see how he makes them worse.
The main challenge is of course Groot’s limited language. I’m trying to approach the story in a very specific way to make sure it’s not a hindrance, but actually part of what makes it fun.
Marvel.com: In the book, circumstances conspire to separate Groot from his teammates and he is stuck at small size besides. What’s the character’s state of mind as he finds himself alone on the planet?
Christopher Hastings: He’s scared at first. He’s basically a toddler who’s been separated from his family, and is immediately introduced to the strange new terrors of this unknown part of the universe. But that very quickly changes to an impulsive curiosity, driving him deeper and deeper into this weird land.
Marvel.com: Overall, how would you describe the tone you are trying to achieve for this title?
Christopher Hastings: I’m a big fan of stories where little kids have to navigate a weird fantasy land as some sort of metaphor for what’s going on in their normal life. In this case, I’m specifically thinking of “Labyrinth,” “The Neverending Story,” and “Return to Oz.” I’m also pulling a lot from the dreamier Zelda games—“Link’s Awakening” and “Majora’s Mask.” There’s a lot of story in those games, despite the fact that Link can’t even say, “I am Link.” We’ve got a massive advantage there with [I AM GROOT].
Marvel.com: How does artist Flaviano’s work on the book help you to realize that tone? How does his style complement your scripting?
Christopher Hastings: I’m really asking for strange settings and characters that will all tie into a core mystery of this forgotten world Groot’s landed on. Flaviano’s got exactly the kind of thoughtful and specific design mentality that’ll flesh it out perfectly. The characters are so expressive. They can charm you or unsettle you just as easily.
Marvel.com: What kind of supporting cast might readers expect to encounter in this title? Any villains in the early going?
Christopher Hastings: Like I’ve said, there’s an old secret to this planet that’s been completely forgotten, but leaves little hints scattered about. Early characters that Groot [meets] are scavengers, just trying to survive with bits and pieces of abandoned technology and infrastructure. It’s not a great situation, but it’s one they’ve learned to be comfortable with. And Groot’s just going to mess all that up in his quest to return to the Guardians.
As for a villain, there are higher status forces who have a more active approach to keeping things as they are on this planet, which simply can’t be if Groot is to return home.
Marvel.com: Speaking directly to fans, why is I AM GROOT one that they’ll want to buy?
Christopher Hastings: This is a book for anyone who wants to see more of this new really funny, really cute Groot, but pushed to the edge, completely on his own. It’s also for anyone who wants to read the words “I am Groot” a lot.
I AM GROOT #1 by Christopher Hastings and Flaviano plants its roots on May 24!