Marvel Studios and Disney have done a reversal and re-hired James Gunn to direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
Gunn was fired in July 2018 after controversial tweets were unearthed by alt-rightwing trolls who then flooded Disney with complaints. Gunn is a vocal critic of Trump and the “attack” was believed to be payback for that.
According to Deadline, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn met with Gunn multiple times to discuss the situation and Gunn took immediate responsibility for his Tweets. It was Horn who decided to reverse the decision.
During his firing, Gunn has signed up to write and direct Suicide Squad 2 for Warner Bros. and DC Comics. Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will begin production after that film.
Also according to Deadline, Marvel Studios never met with or considered any other director. Many spoke publicly how they wouldn’t take the job if offered and the cast has spoken out in support of Gunn.
Gunn shared the below Tweet in response:
A script was written for the film before Gunn’s firing and statements were made by Marvel Studios they would have still used that script.
With the first two films grossing over $1.6 billion it’s not too surprising that Disney changed their mind, in the end money rules all.
It’s also another blow to the rightwing Incel/MRA community who also failed to slow the progress of Captain Marvel which had a record setting opening and is likely to cross $1 billion worldwide.