James Gunn Fired From “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” as Controversial Tweets Resurface

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James Gunn, the director of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, has been fired from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” after controversial jokes he made about rape and pedophilia that he posted on Twitter nearly a decade ago resurfaced recently.

In a statement, Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn said, “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him.” Gunn discussed his past comments, tweeting below:

Gunn was heavily tipped by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to be a major creative force at Marvel, working on the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe following “Guardians 3,” which Gunn was already writing.

We will provide more information as the story develops.

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  • What a revolting creep. Goodbye and good riddance. Besides, the seconds Guardians movie was much inferior to the first.

    • “seconds”? “much inferior”?

      There isn’t a response that would make you look any more asinine than your own words.

  • And yet some people’s tweets expressing a disdain for rule of law, decency and humanity in general aren’t enough to get them fired from important jobs like guarding nuclear codes or defending the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic.

    But that’s the world we live in.

    • I feel sorry for you that everything in your world, even a news item about a Hollywood director, apparently relates back to President Trump. Classic example of Trump Derangement Symptom. It seems obvious that he is living inside your head. Maybe you need to take a trip to WDW to experience some happiness. Just don’t visit The Hall of Presidents where President Trump will be forever enshrined.

  • Where was this outrage with Bryan Singer? He lived life as usual after being accused of molesting boys. He went on to continue directing movies such as X Men and Superman. He wasn’t fired from a directors roll until Bohemium Rapsody.

      • Sadly, I never had a attraction to teach you what “sarcasm” is, so it is not surprisng that would completly miss it

  • Frankly, I throw a lot of blame on Marvel and subsequently Disney for bringing him into the fold and then retaining him. Putting the tweets aside, Marvel obviously did very little investigation into Gunn and his movie work. I see nothing on his filmography, short of the mediocre live-action “Scooby-Doo” movies that occurred a decade prior to “Guardians”.

    To further matters, a lot of his non-“Scooby” resume is dark dark DARK. I don’t want to go into detail here, but jump on Wikipedia and check out his filmography–the work for Troma Films (The Toxic Avenger, et al) speaks for itself, but is probably fine for a jump-off point for his career. I especially look at “Super”, which is a film that has its moments, but is a pitch black comedy with at least one SERIOUSLY messed up scene.

    Having seen more of his work than most, I was shocked he ever got the Guardians gig in the first place.

  • I don’t think Disney had a choice given the current state of things. They could have done things a lot differently when he was first hired. Gotten way ahead of it. As a parks fan, though, I naturally wonder if this affects plans for attractions/ shows moving forward with these characters.

  • Why have we become completely unable to forgive past admitted sins and move on? Is there anyone out there who has not said or done something stupid in their past? Ugh.

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