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James Gunn reinstated as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn

Story by Jack Foley

JAMES Gunn has been reinstated as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

In a surprise about turn, Disney have decided to bring Gunn back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe having previously fired him in July 2018 following the rediscovery of old, offensive tweets from the filmmaker were revealed by conservative personalities online.

Their decision to do so was always controversial, though, with Guardians of the Galaxy stars, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper and Dave Bautista, signing an open letter asking for the filmmaker to be rehired.

Bautista, in particular, had been outspoken in his support of Gunn and had even hinted at departing the franchise himself.

Gunn, for his part, accepted the decision by Disney and even issued his own statement, apologizing for his previous tweets [which were nearly a decade old] and adding: “I have regretted them for many years since — not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.”

However, with Disney apparently unmoved, Gunn moved on to Warner Bros. and rival comic DC to write and direct The Suicide Squad, the follow-up to Suicide Squad. Idris Elba is set to star in the follow-up, which has an August 6, 2021 release date.

Gunn’s reinstatement currently does not affect The Suicide Squad as, according to The Hollywood Reporter, he plans on doing both films, with The Suicide Squad coming first.

Marvel Studios has already put Guardians 3 on hold, pending the search for a new director. But it is now possible that Gunn’s previous assertion that the third film could arrive in 2020 may now be realised.

The first 2014 Guardians movie earned more than $773 million worldwide while 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 earned $863 million.

The Guardians themselves were also a big part of last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, on which Gunn served as an executive producer, and look set to play a key part in the forthcoming Avengers: Endgame, which Gunn is also executive producing.