“Guardians Of The Galaxy” is just a wee bit more epic than you realize when you consider the fact that it made history before it even came out!
The movie finally hit theaters this week after months of awesome teases, but it was an even longer wait for Nicole Perlman. At just 33 she has become the first female writer ever to be credited as a writer for a Marvel Studios movie!
Had it not been for her, “Guardians of the Galaxy” may never have made its way to the big screen. The film has truly been her baby from its inception back in 2009, when she joined a Marvel writing program set up to explore the possibilities for film adaptation in its extensive library of titles.
“We got to choose from a list of half a dozen properties that they had that were lesser Marvel properties,” she explained to Buzzfeed.com. “There was no guarantee that these projects would ever get made. And there were properties on that list that were much better known, things that people had heard of. But I saw ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. … I took it.”
Up until that point, writing for Marvel Studios had really been a man’s game. When she showed up to pick her project, her decision to work on a screenplay for Guardians of the Galaxy took a lot of her colleagues by surprise. As she told Time magazine, she thinks that was mostly because there were some other obvious series that they assumed she would have gone for.
“I can’t tell you what the other titles were that they were offering up on the table, but I can tell you that one of them was a little bit more appropriate for me, just based on gender,” said Nicole, who is an avid sci-fi fan. “I think they were a little taken aback when I chose Guardians, because there were ones that would make a lot more sense if you were a romantic-comedy writer or something like that.”
Side Note: I’m almost positive that Ms. Marvel was one of those properties up for grabs during the writing program.
It was exactly that kind of thinking that helped nudge Nicole in the direction of signing on for Marvel’s two-year writing program. She’d gotten tired of being boxed into more typically feminine projects, but she found more of the same covert sexism from some of her peers at Marvel.
“They kept saying, ‘This is a guy’s movie, you know, it’s really a guy’s movie.’ I didn’t want to say, ‘Are you saying a woman can’t write a guy’s movie?’” Nicole recalls. Instead of letting their narrow-minded views get to her, she bucked the notion that a good story would be more appealing to one sex than the other. “What is a guy’s movie anyway? If you’re making a movie that’s just for one gender, what’s the point?’