With all the buzz surrounding the summer’s highly anticipated film “Guardians of the Galaxy,” co-writer Nicole Perlman sat down with TheWrap‘s Lucas Shaw at this year’s Comic-Con to talk all things Marvel — particularly what makes “Guardians” so unique.
“I think one of the things that Marvel does really well is take a genre that people have seen a lot, like a superhero movie, and twist it a little bit,” Perlman said. “With ‘Guardians,’ it’s a science-fiction epic, but it’s also funny, and it’s irreverent, and it’s tongue-and-cheek without being a spoof, and it has a lot of pop culture references, and I think that makes it very much its own thing.”
Although the film hasn’t hit theaters yet, early buzz has been strong enough to spur talks of a sequel.
“I think that it’s a decision that tends to happen based on what the buzz is, what the box office prediction is, but I think they started to figure it out pretty quick when they started getting the reactions from the audience, that it was a very positive reaction, and they said of course they would want to make a sequel,” she said. “As long as it does well and people are excited about it, they’ll want to do a sequel, so it’s going to happen.”
Perlman, the first woman to write a Marvel movie, also addresses the company’s lack of diversity. While the movie is being praised for its heart and connection that the audience has with the characters, Perlman says she believes that can be accomplished by any good writer, no matter their gender.
“Honestly, I think anybody that’s just a good writer can do it.”
Watch the video above.