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Guardians of The Galaxy Gets A New Writer, We Learn Some Interesting Black Widow News

When Marvel announced their line-up of upcoming films at Comic-Con there were two obvious questions – who would star and who would write? Well now we have an answer to at least one of those questions as it concerns the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. We also found out there’s a Black Widow script floating around. (WHAAAAAT?) Hit the jump for details! 

It seems that Marvel’s “Phase One” is bleeding into “Phase Two.” The Hollywood Reporter says Chris McCoy has been hired to do a rewrite of the script. He’s a three-time Black List writer, a yearly list of Hollywood’s favorite unproduced screenplays. Their website says 125 scripts have gone on to be produced though McCoy’s three, Get BackGood Looking, and Good Kids, have not. This will be his big break if the studio is happy with his work.

Here’s what we know so far about the characters in the film:

While there have been several incarnations of the team in the comics over the years, the movie’s lineup will include Drax the Destroyer, a human resurrected as a green warrior with the sole purpose of killing Thanos (the villain in the Avengers final-scene tease); Groot, a giant tree-man; Star-Lord, a gun-toting half-human/half-alien intergalactic vigilante; Rocket Raccoon, a genetically engineered animal with a knack for guns and explosives; and Gamora, the last survivor of her species who was saved by Thanos to be his assassin but now battles him.

Now here’s the thing. McCoy is rewriting a draft for Guardians of the Galaxy written by Nicole Perlman. We told you before she was basically the one responsible for this film getting greenlit at all. “Perlman is graduate of Marvel’s now-defunct writing program who wrote two space-themed biopics: Challenger, about the 1986 Space Shuttle disaster, and an untitled Neil Armstrong project,” writes THR.

But Comic Book Resources gave us a bit more: “[McCoy will] rework a well-regarded draft by Nicole Perlman, who as part of Marvel’s now-defunct writing program so impressed executives with a Black Widow script that she was brought in to work on Thor.

So there is a Black Widow script out there and Marvel executives liked it so much they hired Perlman to not only work on Thor but to draft up an all-important Guardians of the Galaxy script as well. Tell me again why a Black Widow film wasn’t part of Marvel’s “Phase Two” announcements?

(via Ladies Making Comics)

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  • Saleem Noorali

    Female action movies are a risk, period. Besides The Hunger Games, there has been tons of disappointing female hero movies. It is possible that we could still see a Black Widow movie though spinning out of Captain America’s sequel movie. She has history with the Winter Solider.

    Marvel tends to be really cautious with their movie choices but it is one of the few studios that everything is a hit ala Pixar. They may have to force their hand and increase production from 2-3 movies a year to 4-5 just because it is so lucrative for Disney to do so. Why do a huge risk in John Carter when they know they would make money with a Marvel movie.

    Also other characters that have been talked about for movies for a while include: Doctor Strange, Namor, Iron Fist, Luke Cage. I won’t be surprised if we see Ms. Marvel spin out of the next Avengers movie. The recent push for Captain Marvel is something that was a huge effort and marketed well.

  • Bel

     There have been tons of disappointing male action hero movies, too.  It’s got nothing to do with the gender of the protagonist.

  • Ladies Making Comics

    “Really cautious with their movie choices”?  Like that Iron Man movie everyone was scrambling to see?  Or that other movie set in WWII? Or that second try for a Hulk movie that didn’t even work out?  Or that one about Norse gods?  Those were all totally sure things when they were greenlit?

    Hell no, but Marvel had faith in their source material (as the producers of the Hunger Games did) and got the right people for the job (mostly)

    There have not been “tons” of disappointing female hero movies, there’s been two: Elektra and Catwoman.  There HAVE been tons of disappointing MALE hero movies, though.  Yet they keep getting second and third chances.    And it’s not just the Hunger Games that have been successful with female heroic leads.  What about the Underworld franchise?  Or Resident Evil?

    I’m willing to wait until after Winter Soldier to see a Black Widow movie, but not much longer.  She was such a big hit in the Avengers, they should strike while the iron is hot.

  • Alex Cranz

    True story, women led action films don’t usually scorch up the Box Office like male led action films but they are just as profitable (and in the case of the Underworld and Resident Evil series they’re more so then a lot of male led action films). 

    We don’t have a female led action film from Marvel because the internet and execs in Hollywood like to paint a (false) narrative that these films are a risk.

    Maybe artistically. Salt, Tomb Raider and Underworld are all pretty eh films from a creative standpoint, but they still make money.

    Please please please don’t by into the narrative that they’re a risk. They’re really not. 

    And Black Widow? She’s been proven something of a success with The Avengers. The idea that Marvel assumes people are more likely to see a movie about a talking tree and a talking raccoon instead of ScarJo in a catsuit beating on bad guy spies is absolutely ridiculous. 

  • Jo

    I think the reason a Black Widow movie wasn’t announced is because the Phase 2 movies are going for the Thanos story line. She is a character that has already been established in the cinematic universe and to focus on an origin story will take away from the general story arc they want to pursue. Same for Hawkeye. Any new characters (e.g. Ant-Man, GotG) that will be introduced will be geared towards enhancing that story line and adding to the Avengers roster. 

    I have faith that Marvel/[insert film production company here] will produce a Black Widow movie, but that’s not the direction they’re looking for at the moment. They have their lineup and the story line the want to pursue, but going backwards (in the form of an origin story for Widow) doesn’t look like is in the mix. I also have faith that her movie would do very well, especially if they include characters like Yelena Belova and James “Bucky” Barnes.

    A Hawkeye movie is also possible with his circus upbringings and the introduction of Bobbi Morse. Both movies, as I stressed before, take away from time and resources away from the Thanos approach.

  • Anonymous

    The Norton’s Incredible Hulk was pretty good though.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty Much, yeah. Phase 2 seems to be building towards Thanos’s introduction in Avengers 2. 

  • Lindsey Stock

     Thank you! I’ve been explaining this point to my friends for years but it hasn’t gotten through.
    If you look at the numbers, action movies with female protagonists don’t make significantly less money than ones with male protagonists. Anyone remember the Alien franchise? And Resident Evil? And any action movie with Angelina Jolie as the star?
    And in terms of story and plot and character development, there’s no difference between male and female leads. The reason many female-led action movies suck is because most action movies in general suck. For every bad action movie with a female protagonist, there are like five with a male protagonist. Yet people keep making male-led action movies, most of which continue to suck.

  • Anonymous

    female action movies written by non-geeks are a risk. If the director/writer you hire talks about your female star akin to Ripley or whatever, you picked the wrong director. If the director understands the spirit of the character, and faithfully applies the spirit and not the letter, we get amazing things, be it male or female protagonists.

    1. Marvel needs to have build up demand for a female hero. Doesn’t have to be black widow. Could be anyone of the universes.
    2. Joss whedon needs to be involved. this is his bread and butter.
    3. Can’t be X-men. Can’t be Spider-family.

    there’s only one female superhero that fits all this criteria. That’s She-hulk.

  • Ashe

    Well put.