Wow. I didn’t see this one coming at all. Turns out Walt Disney decided the best person to complete the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy was the man who started it in the first place — James Gunn is back to direct the third installment of the series.
Gunn was infamously fired after alt-right morons brought attention to horrible tweets Gunn posted nearly 10 years ago. Gunn apologized for them before getting the coveted gig directing Guardians, which proved Marvel Studios could have success beyond its Avengers’ lineup. Despite Gunn’s apologies, Walt Disney decided to fire him last July.
I’m wondering if this is a case of no one else wanting the gig. Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi said he wasn’t interested in playing the ‘stepfather’ for the gig and considered it James’ film. You’ve gotta think that was a sentiment shared by a lot of filmmakers Disney/Marvel Studios might have considered.
It seemed like the best Guardians fans could hope for was the news that Gunn’s script for Vol. 3 would be used for the film.
Gunn received unanimous support from his Guardians’ cast who all signed a petition urging Marvel Studios to bring him back. None of the cast dismissed Gunn’s statements and agreed with his apology at the time and after his firing. Dave Bautista went further and basically said he wanted out of his contract if Gunn’s script wouldn’t be used.
Deadline reports Marvel Studios has also agreed to hold off on production while Gunn wraps The Suicide Squad for Marvel rival DC from Warner Bros.
Gunn returned to Twitter to share his thoughts on the news:
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 15, 2019
I love the Guardians films a little more each time I see them and selfishly I was sad that Gunn wouldn’t be able to wrap the saga as it’s the only Marvel Studios series that comes close to matching the Captain America trilogy. I get the outrage, but also understand the value of letting people learn from social media brain lapses especially in the name of trying to be edgy.
But there’s bound to be a ton of controversy on this news. What do you think? Happy about the news or wish Disney stuck to its guns and just found a less controversial director?
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