James Gunn Will Lead the Guardians No Longer
According to Newsarama.com, James Gunn will definitely not be directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. He recently had a meeting with Disney executives where they stood by the decision to fire him.
How Did Gunn Get Here?
A controversial American right-wing social media personality/conspiracy theorist, Mike Cernovich, unearthed a number of old tweets by Gunn that included rape and pedophilia jokes. Even though these tweets dated from before Gunn’s hiring by Disney, the ensuing backlash cost him his job. Although fandom is not in favor of pedophilia, they were shocked that Disney would appease a campaign by one of the people behind the Pizzagate conspiracy. Other fans were shocked that these fans wanted Gunn to be reinstated despite his tasteless attempts at humor.
This firing happened last month, but it had seemed far from a done deal. Gunn’s agents supported his right for a second chance. Additionally, the eponymous Guardians of the Galaxy signed a petition for Disney/Marvel to reinstate Gunn. Dave Bautista, who plays Drax, has been a particularly vocal supporter of Gunn. He’s been using his Twitter to support his friend. For example, he tweeted this:
I will do what Im legally obligated to do but @Guardians without @JamesGunn is not what I signed up for. GOTG w/o @JamesGunn just isn’t GOTG. Its also pretty nauseating to work for someone who’d empower a smear campaign by fascists #cybernazis . That’s just how I feel https://t.co/Ym4FwruVDu
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) August 5, 2018
I would not be overly surprised if Drax got recast, if Bautista is this outspoken about what he perceives as a mistake by Marvel/Disney.
What Will Happen With the Guardians Now?
It is not clear whether or not Disney will use Gunn’s already-written script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. That will likely be the new director’s decision. Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios president, will be looking for a new director after he returns from a business trip. Although Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is scheduled to begin production in early 2019, that may end up being delayed.
What do you think about this firing controversy? Who else besides James Gunn can lead the Guardians of the Galaxy back to the box office? Talk about it in the comments!