Disney reinstates James Gunn on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Lawrence Kim
March 15, 2019

James Gunn is returning to Marvel Studios.

When Gunn was sacked, he issued a statement apologizing for his controversial tweets.

'My words of almost a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative, ' he wrote. Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn called Gunn's behaviour "indefensible" and severed ties with him. The comments, made from 2008 to 2011, were brought to light by far-right propagandists Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec who combed through Gunn's social media history after Gunn's criticism of President Donald Trump. Fan petitions circulated online.

Guardians stars, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Dave Bautista, all signed an open letter calling for Gunn's reinstatement, with Bautista (who plays Drax in the Guardians films) explaining his passionate defense of Gunn in a recent interview with the Tampa Bay Times. "Although I don't support James Gunn's inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man", Pratt said.

Since his firing, Gunn went to Warner Bros.to work on their Suicide Squad franchise; Deadline claims that movie is still happening and that Guardians 3 won't proceed until after he finishes making Suicide Squad 2, which would be a really remarkable turn of events if everything shakes out that way.

The first two Guardians films have made a combined $1.63 billion at the box office worldwide, spawned two spin-off attractions at Disney's theme parks, and even influenced Marvel Comics to change the original comic characters to more closely align with the versions from the movies.

Unspecified individuals from Marvel Studios reportedly organized "multiple" meetings between Horn and Gunn in the intervening months, one of which was reported back in August 2018.

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