Gunn was fired in late July after nearly decade-old tweets resurfaced. The same day, Disney Studios chief Alan Horn and company CEO Bob Iger made the decision about Gunn’s job. The feeling within both Marvel and Disney is that those jokes are unacceptable in the #MeToo era. Disney is showing a zero-tolerance stance with their family-friendly image.
Ten days after Gunn’s firing, the stars of Guardians released a joint letter backing Gunn but specified they aren’t in support of his old jokes, in hopes to have the director rehired for the third installment of the hit franchise. Gunn was also helping Marvel with future films.
Many thought the actors would quit if Gunn wasn’t rehired, but the understanding is that the cast will show up whenever production begins, if only because of contractual obligations.
According to Disney insiders, the company was unaware of his past tweets. Gunn has since apologized for a number of past jokes throughout the years.
In the same report, Variety states that Disney is in no rush to hire another director. Despite a rumored February 2019 start date, Disney is waiting until the right director comes along, even if that means delaying production and pushing the release date. This isn’t the first time a Marvel film has changed a director. Edgar Wright was replaced on Ant-Man at the eleventh hour, with Payton Reed taking over director duties.
Fans are taking to internet giving suggestions if Disney does decide against rehiring Gunn. Previous Marvel directors, including Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) and even the Russo brothers (Avengers: Infinity War) are the popular selections amongst fans. Those directors are currently busy with other projects; Favreau is working on The Lion King remake for instance, which means Disney may be looking for someone that hasn’t worked on a Marvel film before.
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