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

My Spidey Sense Is Tingling

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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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."