James Gunn has been reinstated as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 by Disney, according to a report from Deadline. The director was fired after tweets he made years ago about pedophilia and rape resurfaced online when by alt-right journalists went viral. This has been seemingly confirmed by both Marvel Studios and Gunn's people. Gunn showed remorse and was very apologetic in the aftermath, but lost the job regardless.
Even after the firing, the studio had confirmed that they were still going to use his already-penned script for the film to begin with. Apparently Marvel Studios never met with another director to direct Guardians 3 after Gunn's firing, despite reports that they were meeting with Taika Waititi and others to possible take the job. Further complicating matters is that Warner Bros. quickly snatched up James Gunn to direct Suicide Squad 2, and the same Deadline report claims that Marvel Studios will hold off on putting Guardians 3 in front of cameras until he is done with SS2.
At the end of the day, does this mean Guardians 3 moves to the back of the line and becomes a Phase 5 movie? Does Dave Bautista calm down now and stay with the franchise, after so publicly stating he would quit the MCU if James Gunn was not rehired? A thousand questions still to be answered. For now though, Gunn is back, thrilling many I am sure.
More to come…