Disney Reportedly Bringing James Gunn Back for Guardians of the Galaxy 3

Disney has reportedly changed its mind about James Gunn. According to Deadline, the studio is rehiring the director for Guardians of the Galaxy 3, months after firing him for old, inappropriate tweets that were resurfaced by right-wing media figures.

It appeared then that Gunn’s Marvel days were firmly over, despite the fact that much of the core Guardians cast was publicly pleading with the studio to reverse its decision. Now, about eight months later, it appears Disney really has had a change of heart. Representatives for Disney have not yet responded to Vanity Fair’s request for comment, though Deadline notes that the Gunn and Marvel’s camp confirmed the news.

The decision was reportedly reversed after Disney studio president Alan Horn took several meetings with Gunn. The filmmaker’s contrite public apology also helped. Reinstating Gunn will probably delight much of the Guardians fanbase, who petitioned the firing, as well as filmmakers like Rian Johnson, who publicly defended his colleague in the wake of the backlash. The entire core cast of Guardians-including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, and a particularly vocal Dave Bautista-signed an open letter calling for Disney to bring Gunn back into the fold. It apparently worked; Disney ultimately never met with any other filmmakers for Guardians 3, Deadline reports, though names like Taika Waititi and Adam McKay were apparently in consideration. Now that he’s back, Gunn will be directing the film based on his own script (much like the first two films, which he co-wrote with Nicole Perlman).

The question now is what will happen to Suicide Squad 2. After becoming a Marvel exile, D.C. tapped Gunn to write and direct the supervillain sequel, which is set to hit theaters on Aug. 6, 2021. Per Deadline, Disney is reportedly putting Guardians 3 on hold until Gunn is finished with his Suicide Squad responsibilities. In the wake of the scandal, Gunn managed to land a big-budget coup.

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