James Gunn To Return For Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 After All

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Folks, our prayers have been answered. After being fired by Disney in July of last year, James Gunn has been re-hired to helm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Disney boss Alan Horn initially fired Gunn when old tweets resurfaced in which the director made light of child sex abuse and rape. Gunn immediately apologized for said tweets, explaining that he had posted them when he was young and immature.

“My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative…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.”

Following his being let go from the project, there was an outpouring of anger towards Disney and support for Gunn, from fans and the film’s stars alike. David Bautista, who plays Drax in the first two Guardians of the Galaxy films, was outspoken in his defense of Gunn’s character and made it clear that, while he would be returning to complete the trilogy, he would only be doing so out of obligation to his contract with Disney. In fact, Bautista stated he would ask Marvel to let him out of his contract all together if they did not use the script penned by James Gunn, saying “I’d be doing James a disservice if I didn’t.”

Bautista need not worry, though. Not only has Gunn been re-hired to direct the film, but, as originally planned, he will also be writing it. Gunn’s previous writing credits include both Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

For those wondering, Gunn still plans to head Suicide Squad 2, and will continue his journey with the Guardians once that film has been complete. It sounds like unfortunately it will be a while until we see the Guardians suit up again, so in the meantime, get your MCU fix by going to see Captain Marvel, in theaters now.