[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2509:]]We've already heard from Marvel Cosmic scribes Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning on the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
Now, Keith Giffen, and a source described as a "former member of the editorial team" (Andy Schmidt? Bill Rosemann?) have also commented.
In a write-up over at Vulture on the Guardians of the Galaxy, the "former member" mentions the leeway the characters offered.
"A lot of these characters were sort of laying around. We thought, 'No one really seems to have a great deal of affection for them, so maybe we can push the Marvel science-fiction universe a little further.'
Keith Giffen, who helped re-launch Marvel Cosmic with Annihilation (which fans would love to see be adapted to the big screen) and is the co-creator of Rocket Raccoon, offers that the Guardians of the Galaxy should fit in well with Marvel Studios' direction, and also likes the cosmic setting the Guardians offer. In addition Giffen makes it a point that the characters not being so well known is a bonus.
"It's the lighthearted, fun, quip-filled, bouncy stuff that fits in pretty well with all the stuff they're already doing, and going out into space will be a nice change of setting.
"Everyone has a firm idea of who and what Spider-Man is. If you stray too far from that, people will say, 'That's not the Spider-Man that I know,' and they're disappointed. Whereas if you throw a bunch of characters like Drax on a movie screen, there are relatively few people who have some idea in their head," said Giffen.
The Guardians of the Galaxy movie launches August 1st, 2014 with Chris McCoy on as screenwriter.