[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2138:]]Marvel Cosmic fans certainly noted the presence of Rocket Raccoon and Nova featured on the promo image for Marvel NOW!, Marvel's relaunch that begins in October, and now we learn the direction they are headed in the Marvel U.
The cosmic characters are going to be involved more with the rest of the Marvel U., just as the X-Men will be.
Axel Alonso and Tom Brevoort spoke about Marvel NOW! in an interview at CBR, with Brevoort giving us a glimpse of what is to come.
"Much like the change in outlook we're trying to bring about in uniting the disparate worlds of the X-Men and the Avengers, we're not looking at the 'cosmic' books as being separate from the rest of the line. We're approaching these titles and characters as Marvel titles and characters," Brevoort stated. "While by the nature of what they do and who they are guys like Nova and Rocket Raccoon will journey all over the universe, the same can be said of the X-Men or the Avengers, both of whom have spent plenty of time among the sea of stars in the past. So we're looking to unify that aspect of the Marvel pantheon as well, to integrate them more fully into the primary focus of the world and the publishing line, and not treat them like a separate entity so much. So yes, you'll be seeing more of Nova and Rocket and guys like that in the days to come."
Alonso added, "We've been saying for some time that we have a plan for the cosmic characters and Nova. So you'll start to see what we meant very soon."
Regarding the Nova in question, we still haven't learned the character's name, but its assumed to be Jeph Loeb's Sam Alexander, which debuted in Point One as well as a similar Nova in Loeb's Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon on Disney XD.