Marvel Hires Black List Scribe Chris McCoy for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Plus More Details on Which Team Members Will Appear

     August 2, 2012


Progress marches on for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy as the superheroic studio has tapped three-time Black List scribe Chris McCoy for a script rewrite.  The first pass on the space adventure film was turned in by Nicole Perlman, a graduate of Marvel’s writing program (which no longer exists).  Perlman’s previous projects included Challenger, a draft about the 1986 shuttle disaster and an untitled project centering on Neil Armstrong.  While she clearly has the space angle down, McCoy’s efforts have been positively singled out for their “quirky comedic bents.”  More on McCoy and Guardians of the Galaxy after the jump.

Heat Vision reports that McCoy will do a rewrite on the Guardians of the Galaxy script, the first film of Marvel’s second wave that is an original, non-sequel. McCoy had previously had three of his films selected for the Black List: 2007′s Get Back, 2009′s Good Looking and 2011′s Good Kids. Per their article, here’s another look at which of the characters we can expect to see in the film when it debuts on August 1st, 2014:

guardians-of-the-galaxy-rocket-raccoonDrax 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 inter-galactic 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.

I’m not familiar with Perlman’s work or that of McCoy, but if we end up with some semblance of a Challenger level space drama with that “quirky comedic bent” that may be necessary for casual moviegoers (that raccoon is going to be a tough sell), Guardians should fit right at home in the Marvel movie universe.  What say you?


  • Jesus

    As weird a project as this is, it’s also the one I’m most curious about for a variety of reasons. If Marvel can pull this off and make an audience accept a talking tree-man (LOTR paved the way, so why not?) and raccoon, then there’s pretty much no property of theirs they can’t bring to the screen. Also, the ties of the characters to Thanos make it hard to believe we won’t see more of the Guardians than just their solo movie; seems like an appearance in the second or third Avengers film is inevitable.

  • will

    So ROCKET RACCOON gets a movie before Wonder Woman and The Flash. What a weird world we live in.

    • Jesus

      Blame that on Warner’s mishandling of their DC properties, because yeah, this should definitely not have happened before a Wonder Woman or Flash movie (although technically the Flash got a movie decades before they did).

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      • Grimcicle

        So ROCKET RACCOON gets a movie before Black Panther, Power Man & Iron First or Cloak & Dagger? What a weird world we live in.

  • 198d

    I have no knowledge of these characters, but I have to say that I am very much looking forward to seeing what Marvel will end up giving the audience with this team.

    I really hope this turns out great, and I applaud Marvel for bringing such amazing characters to the big screen, and filling my superhero-loving-self with joy.

  • Mark

    The racoon is not a hard sell. He works in the comics because he does bad ass things and is funny. If he does bad ass things and is funny in the film, people will take to him.

    • hunjeehi

      um rocket raccoon is a furry yoda essentially, everyone loved his fight scene at the end of attack of the clones

      • Action Movie Fanatix

        I actually hated it. Found it to be incredibly cheesy.

        Anybody else notice that this McCoy character is only able to write scripts for movies starting with the letter G? 2007′s Get Back, 2009′s Good Looking, 2011′s Good Kids, 2014′s Guardians of the Galaxy.

  • DM725

    It’s a great time to be a fan of superheroes! I have never seen anything involving the Guardians of the Galaxy other than their cameo in Avengers EMH but I am excited to see what they can do with this movie.

  • Kevin

    It will fit perfectly with all of the stupid cartoon characters because they’ll get along great with Iron Man’s cartoony acting ass and Hulk’s cartoony looking ass and Joss Whedon’s cartoony ass script. Fuck ‘em. I want my comic book cartoon movie’s gritty! And dark! Gritty and dark like the grittiest and darkest movie of the summer– and you, yeah YOU! You know what movie I’m talking about. The dark and gritty film of the year! The Amazing Spider-Gritty. Did I mention I think all movies should be gritty!? Well let me add that I also feel they should be dark. Not just gritty, not just dark. But dark and gritty. Sort of like how I used to like horror films that were ‘funny, hip, smart…David Arquette lights up the screen.’ Not anymore though. Now I like ‘em like I likes my Spider-man. Dark, gritty, and sassy. Not too sassy…clever sassy, not sassy clever. You know what movie I think is going to best Spider-man? Yeah baby! Gritty city– a true knight in shining armor, if you will. But he needs to be dark. I’ve established that. And he needs to be gritty. You could almost call him a gritty, dark, knight. Of course, you know what I’m talking about just like you knew I was going to tell you all about the dark and gritty Spider-man. The only movie that makes sense! The Man of Steel!

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  • A-Man

    If the raccoon ain’t in it, I ain’t watching!

    Think about the Avengers 2 nerd discussions… “So, Cap and Iron Man versus Rocket Raccoon. Fight to the death. While Manhattan is on fire, who wins?”

  • Strong Enough

    So it was bullshit when Latino review said the script was incredible? smh

  • Mark

    I just hope film Gamorra has comic Gamorra’s string bikini outfit.

  • Pookiefreak

    As someone who has been reading the new series since it was relaunched as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Legacy,’ it seems to me that, for Marvel and Disney, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, is a dream come true. It’s a new AVENGERS styled franchise, mixed with LORD OF THE RINGS and the elements of GREEN LANTERN that DC screwed up by not putting them in their own movie. Kids get cute, cuddly, merchandisable stuffed Rocket Raccoons and Groots, along with an unlimited ‘galaxy’ of action figures and toys based on a multitude of characters and settings. Marvel and Disney have two years to get a kid friendly animated show on one of their two cable networks, get ‘kid friendly’ comic books, books, and ‘young adult’ books in the market place. While Marvel’s relaunch has been great, they even have plenty of time for a ‘reboot’ if they so choose. They only thing that seems obvious to me is this – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY as a movie makes sense from a merchandising, marketing and ‘commercial’ standpoint – and nothing more. It’s a fun, but ultimately throw-away book when you consider the Marvel Characters that have yet to make it to the screen. Just watch Marvel Animation’s DR. STRANGE movie, picture it as a live action film, and you’ll start to wish that was coming in 2014 instead of GUARDIANS. This seems to be the first indication of Disney’s influence over Marvel since they bought them.

    • Enigmatic

      I agree after I saw that Dr. Strange animated movie I thought it would be great if they could make it into a live action movie.

    • Ash Talon

      I thought the animated Dr. Strange movie was terrible. As was the animated Iron Man movie. I certainly don’t want a live-action Dr. Strange movie that’s anything like the animated version.

  • duh

    guardians… party! i’m all in…

  • Guy

    I know it is easy to be skeptical of a movie with a superhero named ‘Rocket Raccoon’ but just wait and watch…Rocket Raccoon is going to blow everyone away, quite literally, and with his sense of humor.

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  • THATguy

    Am I the only one that was really hoping for some adaptations of Marvel’s second-tier heroes? Where’s my Luke Cage, Iron-Fist, Dr. Strange, Black Panther…amirite?

  • JLC

    Face it, if they pull off Rocket Raccoon, they can just start printing money. Of course, they’re already doing that with The Avengers. I guess they’ll have to buy a bigger printing press.

  • THATguy

    I ask for Luke Cage, Iron-Fist, Dr. Strange, and/or Black Panther…and I get flying space Racoon.

  • Sweekerie

    ” I asked for such and such character but a raccoon gets a movie first?”

    The movie is not just about Rocket Raccoon. It’s a movie about a team.

  • THATguy

    That was not my point. I realize Guardians is a team. I would just prefer seeing some of Marvel’s more second tier heroes take to the screens such as ones I mentioned earlier.

  • THATguy

    That was not my point. I realize Guardians is a team. I would just prefer seeing some of Marvel\’s more second tier heroes take to the screens such as ones I mentioned earlier.

  • THATguy

    That was not my point. I realize Guardians is a team. I would just prefer seeing some of Marvel\\\’s more second tier heroes take to the screens such as ones I mentioned earlier.

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