It seems like the Guardians of the Galaxy cast and the public’s cries for James Gunn to return to the director’s chair will fall on deaf ears. Disney and Marvel Studios confirmed today that James Gunn will not be returning to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The controversial decision has been confirmed.
Variety reports that “After a strong push to get James Gunn back as director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” following his firing from the project, Disney and Marvel are standing by their decision to not reinstate him as helmer for the next installment. The decision came following a meeting between Gunn and studio chairman Alan Horn.”
As we all know by now, James Gunn was fired as director after old tweets from him surfaced of him making “jokes” about rape and pedophilia among other disturbing subjects. The tweets were unearthed by members of the “alt-right movement” as a retaliation against Gunn for his anti-Trump views and statements. The reveal of the tweets forced Disney and Marvel’s hand as “The studio acted quickly to remove Gunn from directing the third installment, believing the comments were unacceptable in the Me Too era and were not in line with Disney’s family-friendly image.”
Variety also reports that “Gunn and his UTA reps pushed hard for him to be given a second chance, and Horn decided to take the meeting but only as a courtesy to clear the air with Gunn. Though the meeting was described as civil and professional, sources say that Horn stood by his decision to not reinstate Gunn as director.”
In regards to Marvel Studios take on this matter, Variety notes that “Insiders say Marvel president Kevin Feige was out of town and unable to attend. Sources added that while it was rumored that Feige was pushing to bring Gunn back, Feige stands by the studio’s decision to not bring back the “Guardians” director for the third installment.”
In regards to who will replace Gunn, Variety states that “Once Feige is back in town, Disney and Marvel will continue the search for a new director. It is still unknown if the production schedule will be affected by the change in the director’s seat. The film was expected to go into production at the start of 2019, and while sources have stressed that Gunn’s original script will be used for the next film, it is still very likely that whoever is brought in will still need to put a polish on it in order to add their stamp to the project.”
This decision is sure to upset some people, while others will be in support of the decision. A lot of people will say that Disney and Marvel are giving in to alt-right supporters by going through with the firing of James Gunn. Others will say that James Gunn should have known better by tweeting those attempts at humor, and Disney would not stand for that type of content being associated with them no matter how old the tweets were. One way Disney and Marvel can end this controversy is to make a strong hire as Gunn’s replacement and for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 to be as excellent as its predecessors.