View Full Version : Disney reverses decision, reinstates James Gunn as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3

March 18th, 2019, 17:21
Disney had quite a week when it came to the Marvel Cinematic Universe last week. First, Captain Marvel overcame a campaign of unfounded criticism to deliver a record-breaking debut (https://www.criticalhit.net/entertainment/weekend-box-office-captain-marvel-has-biggest-female-led-global-debut-ever/) and then the studio debuted a new trailer for Avengers: Endgame (https://www.criticalhit.net/entertainment/the-original-seven-are-back-in-this-epic-new-avengers-endgame-trailer/) out of nowhere to hype up fans. Neither of those two events could compete for pure shock value with what went down over the weekend though, as Deadline (https://deadline.com/2019/03/james-gunn-reinstated-guardians-of-the-galaxy-3-disney-suicide-squad-2-indefensible-social-media-messages-1202576444/) broke the news that Disney has brought back James Gunn as <g class="gr_ gr_5 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins doubleReplace replaceWithoutSep" id="5" data-gr-id="5">director</g> on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Gunn, who had become a huge fan favourite and was rumoured to be driving the future of the MCU after the successes of the first two Guardians of Galaxy films, was infamously fired by Disney boss Alan Horn last year (https://www.criticalhit.net/entertainment/guardians-galaxys-james-gunn-fired-past-offensive-tweets/) after controversial old tweets from the filmmaker’s early days as a provocateur re-surfaced online. While the tweets, which Horn described as “indefensible”, contained some seriously terrible jokes, what made this firing so incendiary was that Gunn had publicly apologized for these tweets years before and they were widely known about from before Disney had tapped him to join the Marvel family. They only re-surfaced this time as part of an attack by a right-wing extremist conspiracy theorist who didn’t agree with Gunn’s anti-Trump political views. The noise got picked up by conservative news network Fox who turned it into an uproar, which prompted the reaction from Disney.