Marvel Studios seemed very confident in announcing a Guardians of the Galaxy movie at Comic-Con last month, but that doesn’t mean its plans for “Phase 2” involve just adding water. THR has learned that three-time Black List writer Chris McCoy has been hired for rewrites on the 2014 intergalactic ensemble movie.
The report also confirms the lineup of Guardians who will appear in the film. They are as follows:
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.
We can probably assume that The Avengers 2 villain Thanos will also appear considering he is involved with the core motivations of at least two of these characters.
McCoy will be revising a draft from Nicole Perlman, who graduated from Marvel’s writing program, which no longer exists. McCoy’s three Black List scripts, Get Back (2007), Good Looking (2009) and Good Kids (2011) have not been made into films yet, but have been praised for a “quirky comedic bent.”
We will see Guardians of the Galaxy in just under two years on August 1st, 2014.