After months of being overshadowed by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, Nicole Perlman co-writer of the film’s screenplay may be heading up a Marvel title of her own.
According to Bleeding Cool, Perlman has been hired to write a Gamora solo comic in the same vein as Marvel’s recent Rocket Raccoon and Legendary Star-Lord relaunches. Rocket Raccoon #1 sold a record 300,000 copies, which explains why Marvel may be expanding its Guardians of the Galaxy tie-in titles.
Considering the fact that she’s the first woman credited with writing a Marvel Studios movie, it’s surprising how little media attention Perlman has received. Her early version of the GotG screenplay was written when she was working in the now-defunct Marvel Writing Program, where up-and-coming screenwriters would select and develop one or two Marvel titles for the studio. She picked Guardians of the Galaxy (at that point an obscure choice) and Black Widow. Her GotG script was then partially rewritten by James Gunn when he was hired to direct the movie.
Gunn seemed oddly eager to downplay Perlman’s involvement when promoting the movie, even though both writers were given an equal credit. This dynamic occasionally got the point where Gunn was claiming full credit, an awkward situation that was laid out in the International Business Times.
On the topic of a solo Gamora comic, Bleeding Cool writes, “Expect an announcement during or just before the New York Comic Con.”
We’ve contacted Marvel for confirmation, but have not yet heard back. If this news pans out it’s definitely a good sign. After Gamora was left off a bunch of GotG merchandise and Perlman was mysteriously erased from most of the promo coverage, a Gamora comic from a female writer is a step in the right direction. After all, 44 percent of the film’s audience are women. And Perlman has certainly proven herself to be an excellent choice.
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