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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Progressive Music Lover
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Progressive Music Lover

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

Sulley
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Sulley

“seconds”? “much inferior”?

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

TonyG
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TonyG

GotG vol 2 was terrible movie, IMO, so I’m happy to see Gunn let go.

ScroogeMcDuck
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ScroogeMcDuck

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.

The Donald
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The Donald

Salty much ?

Patrick
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Patrick

Preach, brother

Zach
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Zach

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.

Disdug
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Disdug

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.

Jim
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Jim

That’s just disturbing. As a shareholder is support this firing.

Jim
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Jim

*I

Get an edit button.

Epcot
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Epcot

Actually he was fired for approving that offensive show in the American pavillon!

Sulley
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Sulley

Sadly, you don’t understand what the word “offensive” means.

Epcot
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Epcot

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

Justin
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Justin

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,… Read more »

C
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C

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.

Leslie
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Leslie

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.