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Guardians of the Galaxy acquires a new writer whose scripts have been praised for their "quirky comedic bent"

08.03.2012

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is coming, which is just about the strangest news this side of ever. 

Announced at Comic Con and planned as the final film in Phase Two before MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS 2, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY originally had a draft by one Nicole Perlman.  She was a grad of "Marvel's now defunct writing program" and had written two space-based scripts, one about the 1986 Challenger Space Shuttle disaster and one about Neil Armstrong. 

Writing duties have now been passed on, for whatever reasons may be, to one Chris McCoy - while he hasn't yet had a script produced, three of his works have appeared on the Black List (a list of best unproduced scripts) in the last five years and so is considered "to have a lot of heat as a writer."  The scripts he has written "have been praised for their quirky comedic bent," something that will only do good things for Marvel as one fifth of the Guardians team is a Raccoon and another fifth is a tree.  Man.  Thing.

"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."

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is scheduled to arrive two years hence from this past Wednesday, making August 1st, 2014 the make-or-break day for fanboy judgement of Marvel's Phase Two.

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Extra Tidbit: I think I'm actually really looking forward to this. It can only end up being either completely silly or shockingly cool, and for the sake of my own sanity I'm electing to err on the side of the latter.

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6:05AM on 08/05/2012
I will wait for screen shots and trailers before making any real judgement but ATM I'm finding it hard to look past Mr Tree and the Rodent. It may not sit very well with a lot of viewers around the world. I mean it started with Iron man coming out and having a sort of a grounded feel about it and then we get Thor (which I loved) getting a bit fantastical to Aliens invading in the Avengers to now talking Raccoons and trees. It just might not sit too well with mr average moviegoer. I hope I'm
I will wait for screen shots and trailers before making any real judgement but ATM I'm finding it hard to look past Mr Tree and the Rodent. It may not sit very well with a lot of viewers around the world. I mean it started with Iron man coming out and having a sort of a grounded feel about it and then we get Thor (which I loved) getting a bit fantastical to Aliens invading in the Avengers to now talking Raccoons and trees. It just might not sit too well with mr average moviegoer. I hope I'm SOOO completely wrong coz I love what Marvel have done so far But im a bit worried and just hope they don't jump the shark/nuke the fridge with this one.
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3:02AM on 08/05/2012

hope they cut

the raccoon before they go into this, just so silly and unfitting. Maybe it works in the comics and videogames, but in the MCU I don't see an anthropomorphic animal fitting in at all.
the raccoon before they go into this, just so silly and unfitting. Maybe it works in the comics and videogames, but in the MCU I don't see an anthropomorphic animal fitting in at all.
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6:17PM on 08/04/2012
Good writing only pays off with a good director. With the right director, this could be one of Marvel's best.
Good writing only pays off with a good director. With the right director, this could be one of Marvel's best.
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2:43PM on 08/03/2012
The more I imagine this taking place on the big screen, in the Marvel Universe, the more excited I get. Studios should be commended when they try to adapt this kind of material. Comic properties aren't always a sure thing, and all come with some risk. I'd say this one is extra risky considering most people have never heard of these super heroes. Three of them look pretty typical, but they'll be fighting along side a raccoon and a tree. WTF? I can't wait.
The more I imagine this taking place on the big screen, in the Marvel Universe, the more excited I get. Studios should be commended when they try to adapt this kind of material. Comic properties aren't always a sure thing, and all come with some risk. I'd say this one is extra risky considering most people have never heard of these super heroes. Three of them look pretty typical, but they'll be fighting along side a raccoon and a tree. WTF? I can't wait.
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1:36PM on 08/03/2012
once i saw that artwork not too long back I was immediately sold. I trust Marvel and I like how connected it is to the Avengers.
once i saw that artwork not too long back I was immediately sold. I trust Marvel and I like how connected it is to the Avengers.
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12:24PM on 08/03/2012
I loved The Avengers so I'm all-in for new superheroes, but I just can't get behind the raccoon. This is one of those rare cases where I say use creative-flexibility and turn him into a more humanoid-beastly character (like Beast, with raccoon fur). I don't think I'll ever forgive Marvel if they had Captain America and Iron Man have witty exchanges with a talking raccoon. Then again, they'll probably have witty exchanges with Treebeard over there and that's equally ridiculous, even for a movie
I loved The Avengers so I'm all-in for new superheroes, but I just can't get behind the raccoon. This is one of those rare cases where I say use creative-flexibility and turn him into a more humanoid-beastly character (like Beast, with raccoon fur). I don't think I'll ever forgive Marvel if they had Captain America and Iron Man have witty exchanges with a talking raccoon. Then again, they'll probably have witty exchanges with Treebeard over there and that's equally ridiculous, even for a movie with a big green rage machine in it.
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12:44PM on 08/03/2012
It's part of the Marvel Universe, they were talking to the raccoon before you were even born probably. Please, don't question the story...question if they can make it work on screen first.
It's part of the Marvel Universe, they were talking to the raccoon before you were even born probably. Please, don't question the story...question if they can make it work on screen first.
12:49PM on 08/03/2012
I am actually very interested to see the raccoon, especially if he's a quick witted smartass(I know nothing of about these characters.).
I am actually very interested to see the raccoon, especially if he's a quick witted smartass(I know nothing of about these characters.).
3:03AM on 08/05/2012
agreed polarboy.

@adaifallah - who cares how long the stupid raccoon as been around, the point is that an anthropomorphic raccoon doesn't fit in the MCU they've created with these films. It's just so out of place and simply too silly.
agreed polarboy.

@adaifallah - who cares how long the stupid raccoon as been around, the point is that an anthropomorphic raccoon doesn't fit in the MCU they've created with these films. It's just so out of place and simply too silly.
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12:18PM on 08/03/2012
Of all the upcoming Marvel movies, I might actually be looking forward to this one the most. No, seriously. The team may be unfamiliar to non-comic fans (their loss), but the book is fucking awesome. And hilarious. And... yeah, this could really be a lot of fun.
Of all the upcoming Marvel movies, I might actually be looking forward to this one the most. No, seriously. The team may be unfamiliar to non-comic fans (their loss), but the book is fucking awesome. And hilarious. And... yeah, this could really be a lot of fun.
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12:15PM on 08/03/2012
My interest is surely piqued by Marvel green lighting Guardians of the Galaxy out of all the franchises they could have picked. I think this could be a really cool space adventure, I'm curious what connection this will have with the other films. But I'll save my true opinion until there are official casting, set photos and then trailers.
My interest is surely piqued by Marvel green lighting Guardians of the Galaxy out of all the franchises they could have picked. I think this could be a really cool space adventure, I'm curious what connection this will have with the other films. But I'll save my true opinion until there are official casting, set photos and then trailers.
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12:08PM on 08/03/2012

Don't knock it until it's at least knock-able.

I'm really interested in this movie.

All I want to do is again ask everyone to simply wait for awhile until we judge it. It is part of the Marvel Universe and technically they are part of the Avengers so it makes sense for them to make it. I have a feeling that if they made Iron Man, Thor, Captain America all successes...then, we will do just fine with this one.
I'm really interested in this movie.

All I want to do is again ask everyone to simply wait for awhile until we judge it. It is part of the Marvel Universe and technically they are part of the Avengers so it makes sense for them to make it. I have a feeling that if they made Iron Man, Thor, Captain America all successes...then, we will do just fine with this one.
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10:50AM on 08/03/2012

You say strangest...

I say dumbest. I don't know anyone with even a passing interest. It just reeks of Green Lantern style cosmic stories, but minus the name recognition or anyone to root for. I might be wrong, but it looks like this'll be an alienating experience and Marvel's first massive flop.
I say dumbest. I don't know anyone with even a passing interest. It just reeks of Green Lantern style cosmic stories, but minus the name recognition or anyone to root for. I might be wrong, but it looks like this'll be an alienating experience and Marvel's first massive flop.
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2:31PM on 08/03/2012
They say strangest, you say dumbest, I say the most different. I think its a bold choice and a breath of fresh air (hopefully). You say it looks like it will be a massive flop without actually having seen anything yet with the exception of concept art. I hope it does well and rocks in spite of negative nancys like yourself.
They say strangest, you say dumbest, I say the most different. I think its a bold choice and a breath of fresh air (hopefully). You say it looks like it will be a massive flop without actually having seen anything yet with the exception of concept art. I hope it does well and rocks in spite of negative nancys like yourself.
1:04AM on 08/04/2012
Thor was a Green Lantern style cosmic story.
Thor was a Green Lantern style cosmic story.
10:37AM on 08/04/2012
Thor was cosmic, but it managed to seamlessly blend it with Norse mythology. Personally I thought it was kinda dorky and the story fell apart once he hit earth, but that's just me.

And Mark, you can hope all you want. That doesn't change the fact that this concept art makes it look like He-man and the Masters of the Universe. I'm all for Marvel broadening their horizons, but this move is like taking all the good will and credibility they worked hard to build throughout the years, and
Thor was cosmic, but it managed to seamlessly blend it with Norse mythology. Personally I thought it was kinda dorky and the story fell apart once he hit earth, but that's just me.

And Mark, you can hope all you want. That doesn't change the fact that this concept art makes it look like He-man and the Masters of the Universe. I'm all for Marvel broadening their horizons, but this move is like taking all the good will and credibility they worked hard to build throughout the years, and gambling it on some goofy z-listers. I used to read comics and I never even heard of these losers, what's that say about their potential?
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