Richard Jordan

Mar 15, 2019

Disney and Marvel have reportedly decided to reinstate the helmer for the third Guardians instalment after firing him last summer

Some BIG NEWS for a Friday evening… Disney and Marvel have pulled a huge u-turn and reinstated James Gunn as director of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3.

Deadline is reporting that Gunn, who co-wrote/wrote and directed the first two Guardians movies, has been brought back into the MCU fold. He was dismissed from the threequel last July after a series of ill-judged and provocative old tweets resurfaced.

Apparently, according to the report, the decision to rehire Gunn was actually made behind the scenes months ago, with Walt Disney Studios president Alan Horn reportedly being won over by Gunn’s public apology and his handling of the sensitive situation.

Gunn has already put out a statement via Twitter, saying that he “deeply” appreciates Disney’s decision and thanking his fans for their support over the last few months. “I am always learning and will continue to work at being the best human being I can be,” he said.

Gunn, who was intricately connected with the first two Guardians movies, had already written the script for Vol 3 before he was let go. His cast remained fiercely loyal, with Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Vin Diesel (Groot), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Sean Gunn (Kraglin/also Rocket), Michael Rooker (Yondu) and Pom Klementieff (Mantis) all going to bat for their director in an open letter that was published online.

Gunn’s departure threw the future of the Guardians franchise – and its place in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – into doubt, with many fearing that the project had become something of a poisoned chalice for any potential incoming director.

In the meantime, Gunn had signed up to direct The Suicide Squad for comic-book rivals DC and Warner Bros. It’s reported that he will still honour that commitment, with Marvel agreeing to start production on Guardians Vol 3 after the DC team-up sequel/reboot is completed (it’s currently set for release on 6 August 2021).

There’s currently no news on filming or release dates for Guardians Vol 3, which had up to now been placed on hold.

More as we have it.