Nicole Perlman is the first female ever to have a writing credit on a Marvel movie, but her breakthrough is facing pushback from James Gunn.
“Really, in Nicole’s script everything is pretty different. I mean the story is different, there’s no Walkman, the character arcs are different, it’s not about the same stuff,” Gunn told Film Divider. “But that’s how the WGA [Writers Guild of America, which determines credit] works. They like first writers an awful lot.”
After seeing an earlier version of this story, Craig Mazin, co-chair of the WGA credits committee, reached out with a clarification that challenges Gunn’s explanation for Perlman’s co-writer credit. “In the case of an adaptation like ‘Guardians,’ the rules don’t favor the first writer,” Mazin said.