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Plot Details For Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy

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The folks over at Marvel Studios have been busy little beavers as of late. Sequels to Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America are all in the works, as well as the follow-up to Joss Whedon’s mammoth hit The Avengers. And let us not forget Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, we’d all love to see that one actually happen. (Hopefully the rights to Daredevil will revert back to Marvel, and we’ll finally see a decent Man Without Fear on the big screen.)

In the midst of this flurry of activity, Marvel is also developing a Guardians of the Galaxy movie, with an eye on yet another franchise. Bleeding Cool has a short, but interesting plot description of the story:

About a U.S. pilot who ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Hires Black List Writer

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Marvel Studios has a lot of films in the works right now. With sequels for Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America, they’ll probably start printing their own money any day now. Amidst this slate of superhero follow-ups there is at least one comic property about to make its big-screen debut, the space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy.

Nicole Periman—who wrote Challenger, about the 1986 space shuttle disaster—handled the first stab at the script, and now Heat Vision reports that Chris McCoy has been hired to do a rewrite. Though McCoy has yet to have a script produced, he has found himself on the infamous Black List—an annual list of the best unproduced screenplays—three times. His work has been hailed for its “quirky comedic bent.”

Over the years the Guardians comic has featured multiple versions of the team, but the movie version will apparently be based on the 2008 reboot of the franchise. The cast of characters includes Drax the Destroyer, a mortal man brought back from death as a warrior in order to kill Thanos (the mystery man from the mid-credits scene in The Avengers); Groot, an alien plant monster; Star-Lord, an “intergalactic vigilante”; Rocket Raccoon, a genetically modified raccoon with a ring-tail and a penchant for guns and blowing stuff up; and Gamora, the adopted daughter of Thanos who now wants to kill him.

Marvel officially announced the Guardians of the Galaxy movie at Comic-Con last month, but at the moment there doesn’t appear to be a rigid timeline for the film.

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Marvel’s Three Biggest Problems In Bringing Guardians Of The Galaxy To The Big Screen

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Officially announced at Comic-Con and teased in the weeks leading up to it, was that Marvel Studios was going to make their cosmic super group, Guardians of the Galaxy, the next big team feature to come to the movie theater. Even though the GOTG was a great space opera comic series written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, anyone who hasn’t been reading comics over the past 5 years will be pretty much clueless as to who this team is . So what is Marvel going to have to do to get the non-comic book reading public to the box office? The answer is nothing short of a complete and total rewrite.

The success that Marvel Studios has had since Iron Man released back in 2008 can be mostly attributed to two things. Not only have they picked tent pole heroes from the Marvel universe that even people who would never pick up a comic book could recognize, but they also pulled them from the Ultimate Marvel imprint that was started back in 2000. Ultimate Marvel was the comic giant’s effort to basically have a “do-over” with all of the Marvel universe by creating new more cohesive origin stories and getting rid of the decades of cumbersome back story and cross-over that have hindered a lot of new readers from getting into Marvel’s line up over the years. This is the major problem with Guardians of the Galaxy, not only are they not recognizable to the general public, they don’t even have the benefit of a simplified Ultimate Marvel background to draw upon, and even though the newest iteration of the group only appeared for the first time in 2008, their origins are every bit as convoluted as any other long running Marvel super group.