In a sudden and unexpected news, Deadline reports that James Gunn has been rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3! This seems completely out of left field, especially after months of silence from both Disney and Marvel about the situation but Deadline has confirmed the news is legitimate. James Gunn has been reinstated for his beloved franchise, a news that will elicit a shriek of glee from Marvel Cinematic Universe fans.
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James Gunn was fired after alt-right journalists dug up his old tweets from a decade ago where he made pedophilia jokes. The tweets were horrific but Gunn has admitted they were a deep mistake and has since matured beyond those days. They were a decade ago, after all. But Disney quickly pulled the trigger once the tweets were reported by news outlets and Gunn was fired. However, since then Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn met with Gunn multiple times. Moved by Gunn’s public apology and his mature handling of the situation, Horn rehired James Gunn.
James Gunn’s words were not defensible but he has matured since the tweets and his words were simply that: words. Unlike others in his situation (Kevin Hart or Kevin Spacey), James Gunn has not engaged in the behavior he poked fun at. In any case, this is good news for Marvel fans and certainly good news for James Gunn. Although Marvel and Disney have remained mum on production details, it is known that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will commence production once Gunn’s next project, Suicide Squad 2, finishes. Gunn took the project after he was fired from the Guardians franchise, making his return to Marvel all the more of a surprise, considering the Suicide Squad franchise is owned by DC.
We’ll keep you updated for further details but for now, let’s all welcome back Gunn to where he belongs!
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